Elf Earphones from Japan are an awesomely affordable choice for lovers of fantasy and music【Pics】

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Is this why they say elves can hear the melody of the wind?

Japan’s Thanko is a company that defies easy introduction, but perhaps the most succinct description is that it’s a novelty technology company, specializing in gadgets that fall at myriad points along the spectrum between crazy enough to work and just crazy. Many of its products, like the fully head-covering electric-powered pollen-blocking mask, Zero-Gravity Armchair, and bug-catching vacuum gun seem sound like something out of a science fiction story, but now Thanko is drawing on fantasy epics for the inspiration for its latest offering.

The straightforwardly named Elf Earphones are deceptively clever in design. Made of flesh-colored materials, the cords run through clips shaped like the pointed ears of the fair folk of the forest.