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395. IdeaSpark*: X-Tips July 24, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in IdeaSpark*, Product.
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This guy is cleaning the inside of his ear with a Q-tip, despite the on-the-box warning against doing this (it’s dangerous, they say). But that is exactly what 99.3% of us do with Q-tips, to get both the satisfaction of ridding our canals of that wax, and the visceral pleasure similar to scratching an itch you didn’t know you had.

IdeaSpark*: Create a new improved device like the Q-tip, designed for the ear canal. Instead of the cotton head, the “X-tip” will have very soft paper ridges, like a drill bit, to effectively scoop out the wax. The tip of the head will have a super-soft, blunt, feather-like protrusion, which would safely touch your ear drum, effectively warning you, if you are getting too deep.

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This IdeaSpark* posting was inspired by these Japanese swabs, designed this way because it is easier to see ear wax on a black background. Via Productdose.

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