The ground-breaking solid titanium micro ear plugs which help you get isolation from noise like never before are here. ISOLATE® can switch off your ears to noise finally.
They can help you get perfect sound isolation for:
- Sleeping(Undisturbed nights with perfect isolation from snoring and other noises)
- Travelling(On planes, trains and automobiles, enjoy silence when travelling)
- Concerts and Clubs(Enjoy the most incredible sonic details at very safe levels)
- Motorsports(Total protection from very loud and painful noises)
- Motorbikes(Micro in size and hidden inside your ear, they won’t interfere with your helmet)
- Working(Protect your ears against permanent hearing damage)
For the first time ever without the use of batteries and recharging, ISOLATE® is unlike any other ear plug as it prevents all sound from entering your ears including bass frequencies. As they are very small in size, therefore, can be used anywhere to isolate your ears from undesirable noise.
Flare’s patent-pending ISOLATE® Technology
Davies Roberts, Flare’s founder and inventor, could not comprehend why conventional ear plugs were so terrible at performing their work. After having a look into it, he realised that ear protection was taking the wrong path in using plastics, silicones and foams to absorb sound.
As he stated:
“Imagine wearing a helmet all the way over your head made of plastic or foam. What would you hear? The sound level would be reduced but the effect of the plastic resonating and foam muffling the sound would not be so nice to listen to. Both these materials do stop some sound but, frankly, are not that great at it, especially at lower frequencies. When low frequencies get past traditional ear protection, details get lost and you’re left in a world of booming bass and sub-sonic pressure which you can’t wait to escape from. No noise cancelling electronics can deal with this muffled sound that comes from the plastic and foam parts of such devices.
But imagine putting your head all the way into an inch-thick, solid titanium helmet encased in foam. Now what would you hear?
… Exactly! That’s just what I thought.”
Since solid metal is a good conductor, therefore has been discounted as unsuitable for use in ear protectors up till now. However, Davies has discovered that metal needs a direct connection in order to conduct sound and without a direct connection solid metals block sound perfectly. He explained:
“When you isolate a small piece of metal or dense material in soft foam inside your ear, sound waves can’t penetrate from the flexible medium of air and it becomes the perfect isolator. Understanding this principle is what inspired us to develop the perfect ear plug. We want to revolutionise hearing protection!”
Block Low Frequencies
The conventional ear plugs and defenders are not capable of blocking low frequencies from entering your ears splendidly. They make sound muffled which makes you feel disconnected, or as if you are underwater in addition to being unpleasant to listen to. Low frequencies are capable of producing the most energy which is not absorbed appropriately by the plastic or foam used in traditional ear protectors.
ISOLATE® technology works by a revolutionary approach in the materials used. Noise is blocked by a dense material suspended in soft memory foam to isolate it from the effects of conduction which results in total direct noise isolation for your ears for the first time ever without the use of any electronics.
Always remember that a good design will stand the test of time. It is not only about attaining a good technical result but a good design is also about an incredible visual identity. Davies’s passion is Modern industrial design; clean lines and symmetrical shapes which never date. You can witness this in the design of ISOLATE® with perfect form and optimal functionality to create a pleasing visual simplicity.
The design of ISOLATE® is such that it can last forever. The tips, which can be size-selected for best fit, are replaceable when they get damaged or wear out, but you will never need to replace the ISOLATE® metal component.
ISOLATE® has ridges on the tip connector that allows the tip to lock into place. In order to remove a tip, simply squeeze it and twist and pull the body and in case you want to put a new one, then just push it into place with a satisfying click.
EARFOAMS® is the name given to the tips used with ISOLATE®. They are very easy to fit and come in small, medium and large sizes to guarantee ISOLATE® will fit everyone. A set of each size is included with each ISOLATE® pair.
Dimensions and Weights
Solid Aerospace Aluminium – 17.5mm long, 8.5mm diameter, 1.76g
Solid Titanium Grade 5 – 17.5mm long, 8.5mm diameter, 2.86g
Ringing Ears is the sound of impairment.
Well, if you are a fan of concerts, gigs and music, then you will understand what we are talking about. The consequences of hearing impairment are ringing in the ears and cotton wool hearing in the morning.
Again, traditional plastic or foam ear plugs do not work thoroughly since they are fiddly, uncool and no fun to wear, especially at concerts and gigs for the reason that they make music sound muffled and you feel disconnected, or like you are underwater.
However, you can still hear music by using ISOLATE® ear protectors through bone conduction which is safer and a much better experience as opposed to the muffled rumble you get with traditional ear plugs.
When you use ISOLATE®, it feels like you are inside a sonic force field of protection. You are able to hear more detail in music because the peaks of sound, that normally stress your hearing, have been brought down to a calm, enjoyable and balanced level. In addition this, whistles and screams around you merge into the music instead of tearing into your ears. You feel as if you are in your own safe world and you also get all of the pleasure and none of the pain of the experience because you are capable of hearing every detail from bone-conducted sound, and feel all the bass in your body.
This sonic forcefield helps you to prevent any annoying sounds like:
- Plane, train, bus, car or bike noise
- Noisy work environments
- Anywhere else you need isolation from unwanted noise
How did this all began?
The founder of Flare, Davies Roberts has been enchanted by everything that is sound or noise related for as long as he can recall.
From toiling on ways to update sound quality in loudspeakers and earphones to creating ideas in noise annulling products, one things has always stayed constant which is his passion to attend to the existing issues and to build such radical products that improve our experience of sound.
Absorption is not always the solution. ISOLATE® blocks sound instead.
In order to reduce sound, the conventional earplugs, mainly the typical foam ones depend upon the absorption principles. A great amount of material needs to work good to absorb sound this way: examining anechoic chambers demonstrates this with their foot-long spikes of foam.
Absorption is not the solution in case when restricted to less than an inch of material in an ear plug. On such small scale, absorption will cause in muffled sound in the high and mid frequencies and little to no reduction in bass frequencies. This imbalance is stressful and tiring.
Noise is blocked by ISOLATE® to enter the ears and attenuates all frequencies. Noise becomes incapable of conducting into the patent-pending technology that is used by ISOLATE® which implies that users become capable of turning off their ears to direct noise successfully. The solid metal core of ISOLATE® is almost all the way through the tip which creates a sonic barrier deep inside your ear to block noise. The only sound you hear while using ISOLATE® is from bone conduction which results in an enjoyable and balanced experience with safe sound detail.
EARFOAMS® are available in small, medium and large sizes.
A large variety of memory foam mixes is available which make ear tips. The precise formulation is the key to a great tip. A special mixture of memory foam has been created by Flare which is ultra-comfortable and mould perfectly into every ear using the body’s own heat. The formulation used also has as high a resistance as possible to ripping or breaking down.
EARFOAMS® replacement tip packs will be available before reward deliveries commence in case the Kickstarter campaign is successful.
The chief features of EARFOAMS® are following:
- Incredibly soft with maximised ‘bounce-back’ memory retention
- Increased resistance to ripping and breaking down
- Very comfortable to use
- Designed to fit every ear size
- Aluminiumis a great metal that is strong, lightweight and cost effective for use in ISOLATE®. It can be anodised into several colours in order to match your look and image. Ear protection just got cool.
- Titaniumis an exceptional metal and is therefore used in ISOLATE® PRO. Being harder than aluminium it maximises isolation and can stand serious abuse without breaking. Titanium inside your ear, Isn’t that amazing?
ISOLATE® PRO – Gold Plated and Platinum Plated
In order to build the metal component of ISOLATE® and ISOLATE® PRO, Flare make use of a British aerospace certified supplier. Milled on a robotic precision lathe, the quality, look and feel is far superior to most other mass manufacture techniques. The unbelievable quality of the components produced by the supplier in addition to their skills persuaded Flare to use this highest standard of aerospace manufacturing.
Fitting ISOLATE® is a puff of air. First of all, choose the size of tip that suits your ears. Then simply squeeze and roll the tip with your fingers to squash the memory foam down and push deep inside your ear. The end of the ISOLATE® body should sit fully within the Concha of the ear. Fitted correctly you should not hear any direct sound through your ears, you will just hear bone conducted sound.
A message from the inventor ‘Davies Roberts’
“Hearing is an incredibly important sense that should be cherished and respected.
I have spent the last decade on a journey to understand why audio devices were not delivering sound properly to our hearing. I have managed to unlock the issues surrounding sound generation and have discovered solutions which Flare is now using to develop various audio products.
I also became aware that being able to switch off noise was equally important to everyone. I have had many conversations over the last couple of years with people across the world about the failure of traditional ear plugs. I realised that something was clearly going wrong with traditional products and in some cases people were suffering from hearing problems as they either did not get on with using traditional devices and abandoned them, or the products failed to protect people properly when they did use them.
I am very proud of ISOLATE®; I believe that it will enable a quality of life improvement for many people who sleep, work or socialise in noisy environments. I believe that it will keep people’s hearing safe and protected so that ears retain good hearing ability for as long as possible throughout life.
We have a truly exciting new earphone product on the way that we are currently working on which will be launched on Kickstarter in September. This new earphone delivers all music live in your head, every track sounds like nothing you have ever experienced before and how it was intended to be heard. It is a truly exciting and ear opening sound experience. There has been a lot of work over the last year developing it to ensure that everything is perfect before we launch it on Kickstarter in September.
I believe that music should be amazing to experience & safe to listen to and you should be able to isolate yourself from noise that is dangerous or annoying… LONG LIVE EARS”