A mighty clever idea, courtesy of Taryn.
If we here at Unplggd are a representation of the population as a whole, then most people in the world have a favorite set of headphones that they wouldn't dare part with. It doesn't matter if we're plugging into our iPod, laptop or anything else, we always go back to our trusty, dirty and cracked pair from years gone by. Dirty and cracked—of course—because they spend all day bunched up in our pants or purse pockets hanging out with the lint.
So you can imagine the excitement when we discovered that Instrucatbles.com user engineerable has engineered his own set of retractable iPhone earbuds. Never again will we neglect our cords.
Link after the jump…
"The iPhone headphones are great, with their built in mic and music control, but everytime I pulled them out of my pocket I had a big tangled knot that took a while to undo. I've seen the 3rd party headphones that have the retracting mechanism, but there wasn't a set available for the iPhone even a few months after it's release. So, using the rectractable USB cable from my old treo, I created a retractable iPhone headset."
Via Instructables.com: iRecoil iPhone Retractable Headphones from engineerable .