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How to Stay Awake During a Long Layover So You Don’t Miss Your Flight

The comfort on board planes has significantly improved compared to a couple of decades ago, especially during long-haul flights. Today, you can watch video content on streaming services on your phone or other device. Most airlines even offer access to wifi these days, That means you can play free no deposit bingo, read the latest news, or even respond to business emails to save some time.

While the actual flight might be more enjoyable than in the past, a problem occurs when you have a long layover. Nobody likes to wait for hours until their next plane arrives and they take off to their final destination. However, sometimes it is the only option for the intrepid traveler. Here is what you can do to pass the time quickly and ensure you don’t miss the next flight!

Do You Have Enough Time to Explore the City?

Here is the first thing to ask yourself – how many hours will the layover last? You might have ten hours between the flights, but you need to be at the airport for an hour or two before the next flight. That is something to consider when calculating if you have enough time to leave the airport.

If you have several hours to spare, there is no reason why you shouldn’t explore the city. It might be a unique opportunity because who knows when you will find yourself in that location again. 

The experts advise designing your city exploration plan in advance. You probably won’t have time for everything, so focus on sight or two that you want to see the most, with perhaps a meal away from the typical airport fare. Additionally, make sure that you return to the airport by the specified time. Make sure to leave some wiggle room in case something goes wrong, such as your taxi getting in a traffic jam while taking you back to the airport. It’s better to be at the lounge an hour or two earlier than to risk missing your flight. Remember – this is only a layover. It isn’t worth missing your ride to your final destination!

Your Gadgets Are Your Best Friend

It’s vital that your mobile phone is fully charged and capable of enduring active use while you are waiting for the next flight. Your cellphone will allow you to check-in with your friends and loved ones and talk to them. You will also need it for other activities we suggest later in the article. Anyone living in the modern age understands the essential nature of a cellphone while traveling. If you are traveling to a foreign country, you might want to consider being prepared with a SIM card for your destination(s). Otherwise, you might be swarmed with hidden fees.

Apart from a mobile phone, you might be carrying a laptop, tablet, or another device. All these can be useful to pass the time, so make sure you have sufficient battery. The alternative is to find a place to charge at the airport, which can be a restaurant or coffee shop. Additionally, you can be prepared by bringing your own portable charger. These are an essential gadget for any traveler – some suitcases even come with them built in these days!

Here is what you can do with these devices:

  • Respond to business emails and finish work-related tasks – you have time to spare, so why wouldn’t you use it intelligently and complete those work-related things you’d like to avoid while on vacation? Whether it’s responding to emails or writing a draft of a meeting, all it takes is finding a quiet place where you can focus.
  • Play games – mobile phones and tablets feature games that can keep you interested for hours. If there is a game you love playing at the moment, you will have several hours to enjoy it, which is a true blessing.
  • Watch TV shows and movies – the odds are the airport has high-speed internet, so how about watching a few episodes of your favourite show?
  • Listen to music – you will need headphones because you don’t want to disturb the passengers, but listening to your favourite tunes is another option. Furthermore, you can also listen to podcasts and other content. 

Make a Game Out of People Watching

Some people find it a bit strange, but others believe this is a creative way of passing the time. The idea is to position yourself in a place where people often pass by, and the airport is the perfect location for that. Your task is to watch a person and see what you can guess about them. Some find coming up with elaborate backstories for different travelers quite amusing.

Perhaps you can guess where they came from and then see what their luggage says. Make sure that you do the entire watching discreetly because it should never be one’s intent to make another traveler uncomfortable.

Freshen Up for Your Next Flight

Most airports have large toilets where you can invest some time to freshen yourself up to feel better. You probably have carry-on luggage that includes your skincare and other cosmetic products. Even a couple of wet wipes, a mouthwash and a swipe of deodorant might do the trick. 

If you want to take things to the next level, discover if the airport offers showers or spa services. Many airports where layovers are common include these facilities as they want the layover passengers to feel comfortable. You can get your batteries charged and energized by having a hot shower or getting yourself a massage to relax after a tiresome flight. Why approach the next step of your journey feeling overly foggy, when you can approach it pampered and prepared?

Are You Feeling Hungry?

The next thing to consider is whether you could use a nice meal. Most airports offer multiple restaurants and fast food facilities, but the time of day (or night) will effect which of them are open. If it’s the middle of the night, the odds are that only a late-night snack bar will be available, which is better than nothing. Treat yourself to a coffee, and healthy snacks such as a granola bar or fruit to keep you feeling energized.

However, if you find yourself at the airport in the afternoon, you can probably pick between multiple options. Since you are not in a rush, take some time to think and go with the restaurant that seems most tempting. It may even be an excellent opportunity try the local cuisine.

Read a Book

Did you start reading a book on your first flight and didn’t have time to finish it? If you can’t wait to see what happens next, how about reading it now? If it is an interesting read, it will help keep you wide awake and engaged in your surroundings. That’s the entire point – finding an activity you find attractive ensures you don’t fall asleep.

Books are a convenient way of passing the time but don’t forget to pick them carefully. If you need to start a new book and you find it boring, you might become sleepy. That’s why choosing the right title is imperative, so go with those books you know you will like. Many airports offer bookstores where you can browse numerous titles if you are in the market for something new.

Conclusion

It’s not pleasant when you have to wait for hours for the next flight. However, we staying awake can be easier if you engage in entertaining activities. Apart from ensuring that you don’t fall asleep, time will pass more quickly until you finally hear that boarding call to your final destination.

You want to plan your layover before heading on a trip. Make sure all devices like smartphones and laptops are charged and don’t hesitate to bring books and headphones to listen to music. It’s all about designing a layover plan that suits your preferences, as that one increases the odds of staying awake for as long as necessary.

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Adidas X Kwasi Kessie

Today, Adidas announced their first limited-edition headphone release in collaboration with Kwasi Kessie, celebrity stylist and Adidas Runners Captain.

The headphones are a reimagining of the popular RPT-01 sport headphones, inspired by Kessie’s admiration for his home city and its ability to get through whatever comes its way. Kessie was particularly moved by the recent sentiment that “New York is over” and teamed up with adidas Headphones to celebrate the city’s kinetic energy and beating heart at a time when people are questioning it.

The adidas x Kwasi Kessie headphones are the first limited-edition release of adidas Headphones. They are customized by hand, featuring premium blue and black leather snakeskin along the headband, a gold plated “Never On Pause” chain, housed securely in a safe that is disguised as a runner’s journal. The leather snakeskin is a nod to the malleable and fashionable nature of New York City and the adidas x Kwasi Kessie Speedfactory AM4 collaboration.

Only 50 pairs have been made. Consumers can enter to win a pair using the adidas Running app and running Kwasi Kessie’s favorite route, looping through the streets of SoHo and the downtown waterfront through December 22nd, sharing on social media. Full details and additional ways to win outside of NYC are available on adidas Headphone’s Instagram here.

PuroQuiet Headset Review

PuroQuiet’s new Active Noise Cancelling Headphones do exactly what they promise – they deliver the great sound you want to hear, and none of the sound you don’t. With 82% noise isolation, listeners can put these on in loud environments and hear audio crisply, without damaging their ears. This is great for children as well, who may not be aware of the dangers of loud headphones. This is also why PuroQuiet has installed a volume limit on the headphones, to protect children from this damage.

The headset is great for calls, as it comes with a microphone that makes 2 way calling easy when mobile or in loud environments, and especially on flights. The headset is light, so it isn’t a burden to carry around on a busy day. Many headphones can hurt your scalp or ears after extensive use, but PuroQuiet’s lightweight aluminum material, plush ear pads, and leather headband protect from this kind of discomfort. 

Of course the set is also great for music of any kind – the whistle tones of Ariana Grande on “Rain on Me” or the low bass riffs of Paul McCartney can be heard as clearly as ever.

On top of all this, the new PuroQuiet headphone set is affordable, so you can get quality audio without breaking the bank. They are also very durable, ensuring you get your money’s worth.

PuroQuiet Active Noise Cancelling Headphones promote Healthy Ears® by protecting hearing in the following ways:

Active Noise Cancellation – ANC makes daily noise and background sounds up to 22 dB quieter, complemented by 82% of noise isolation. You can let your kids hear more of what you want them to hear with less distraction. The ANC switch puts the world on mute, so youngsters can listen clearly in loud environments without the need to increase volume beyond safe listening levels.

Volume Limiting to 85 dB– This is the maximum safe listening level as recommended by many organizations (Hearing Health Foundation, OSHA, World Health Organization, American Speech Pathology Association, etc.). Intelligent digital signal processing imperceptibly limits the volume so that listeners don’t even notice.

Studio Grade Audio Quality with our patent-pending Puro Balanced Response® curve – Genuine studio grade audio, engineered to deliver an amazing listening experience with clear, crisp vocals and full, dynamic bass all within our 85 dB volume limit.

Super soft protein leather wrapped headband and ear cushions – The plush ear pads, combined with an adjustable headband mean children can custom fit all head sizes and shapes to ensure a comfortable long-term fit. Less than 6oz of weight leaves almost no pressure on young heads.

FEATURES


• Puro Sound Labs Studio Grade Frequency Response • 22 Hours of Play Time and 16 Hours with ANC
• Durable, Light-weight Aluminum Construction
• Supple Protein Leather Ear Cushions and Headband • Microphone for 2-Way Calling
• Folds Flat for Travel CONTENTS
• PuroQuiet Headphone
• USB Charging Cable
• 3.5mm Volume Limiting Audio Cable • Carrying Case
• Quick Start Guide

CONTENTS


• PuroQuiet Headphone
• USB Charging Cable
• 3.5mm Volume Limiting Audio Cable • Carrying Case
• Quick Start Guide
*Measured at 1 kHz

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Travel Smart – Gadgets to Make Any Trip a Breeze

Travel in the 21st century is a very different experience to what it was in years gone by, due in no small part to the most inescapable gadget of them all – our smartphones. These devices have removed a lot of the guesswork for travellers, as well as serving as all-round entertainment units for long journeys. Listen to an audiobook, play some games at real money casinos, or catch up on the news; some may argue that a smartphone is the only gadget you really need while travelling.

If you take that approach, then you’d be missing out. There are a ton of excellent and useful gadgets that should be included in any smart traveller’s suitcase or backpack. Here is our pick of the devices that can make any trip smooth, fun and hassle-free.

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

These can be a real life-saver in a variety of situations, especially during long flights or train journeys. They can help you sleep more easily, enhance the sound quality of the in-flight entertainment or simply act as a deterrent to any chatty strangers that you may not want to interact with. Two good choices are the Sennheiser PCX550 or Sony WH-1000XM3, both of which have the option to be wired or wireless. 

Portable Charger

That smartphone is just a hunk of useless metal and plastic if you can’t charge it, and when you are travelling you may not always be near an outlet. Portable chargers are the solution, and the type you choose may depend on the type of trip you are taking. For holidays to remote locations, hikes and camping trips, a solar-powered charger may be the answer. The Soluser portable charger is one of the best to be found, and it can provide up to 500 charges from full capacity. For regular portable chargers, Anker has cornered the market with its superior products. 

Personal WiFi Hotspot

Another must-have if you want or need to stay connected while you are away is a mobile hotspot. Save money on international data, and connect even if you are far from civilization. The network is also secure, which can’t be said for some public WiFi. Verizon have a good one, and the device from GlocalMe also receives high user reviews. Check if the country you are travelling to is included in the coverage before deciding which to buy.

Compression Packing Cubes

For the organised traveller who wants to make the best possible use of the space in their suitcase, these packing cubes are just the ticket. Simply place your stacked clothes in the cube, and the compression zip will dramatically reduce the size of the pile. These are also perfect for anyone who likes to travel with only carry-on luggage, as you can fit so much more into a small space. The Gonex range are great quality, and the sturdy zips can stand repeated usage. 

Waterproof Phone Case

Keep your phone safe and dry under any weather conditions, while still being able to use it. The case adds bulk to your phone, but at some point you’re sure to be grateful that you have it. LifeProof are generally regarded as producing the best and sturdiest cases, although they do come with a rather high price tag. Even so, you can drop your phone down a ravine, and as long as you’re able to retrieve it, a LifeProof case will probably keep it unscathed. 

Universal Travel Adapter 

You may have had a bad experience with some of the older, badly-made travel adapters that barely did the job they were supposed to do. Thankfully, modern universal adapters are of much higher quality. There are lots of smaller brands that make good products, so check out a couple of reviews, choose one that’s highly rated, and you won’t go wrong. 

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How to Choose the Best Headphone for Traveling!

When you decide to travel do not ever pack heavy.  This is the same thing if you want to bring headphones. The lighter or portable they are, the better. There is nothing uncomfortable that a heavy headphone around your neck while you carry luggage during your travel.  If you like traveling, hiking or going on a vacation, you have to choose a travel headphone designed for those always on the go or those who regularly utilize public transportation. 

Best Tips in Choosing the Perfect Headphone

1.      Choose something that has noise cancellation.  If you regularly travel, you will surely understand the hitches that come with it.  The sound coming from vehicles and people can really be annoying if you are hearing it over the sound of your favorite music source.  A headphone with noise cancellation is very appropriate.  Headphones like Sennheiser MM 550X even includes the word “travel” in its title to make sure of its use.  Another brand is Sony MDR 10R NC, no sound leak for sure.

2.      Choose something that is portable.  The design is very important when it comes to headphones.  One thing that you need to avoid during traveling is carrying heavy luggage and headphones.  You can also try V MODA XS. They come in different designs. They are portable and they have great sounds as well.  They have interesting pouches so you can easily store it when not in use. It is not only portable but also fashionable. You won’t even feel you are wearing it.  It is so light and comfortable to use.

3.      Choose something that has a Bluetooth feature.  Having a Bluetooth feature is a great help since you can get rid of the annoying wire that connects it to your cell phone.  Headsets with Bluetooth may cost more than the wireless ones but it worth it. You may try Sennheiser MM-550X; it is good for traveling on a plane.

4.      Choose something that is durable. It is always important that you choose something that is durable.  If you are someone who regularly travels, choose a tough headphone. One durable pair is V MODA XS is a good source.  It is not only sturdy, but it also has great sounds.

5.      Choose something that is worth the price.    You need to make sure that the headphone you buy worth it.  You do not want to feel that you have been robbed of your money. 

These are the best reminders that you need to consider if you want to get a nice headphone that suits you when you travel.  Listening to music while on a plane can really be relaxing, learning by listening to some guide books source, keeping yourself in shape by following a new routine, or even if you won’t say hi to family back home, you need the best headphone there is.  However, with the vast of choices in the market right now, it will be very hard for you to pick the correct one. Remember these tips when you want the best headset for your travel. You will never regret that you did.

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1More Speakers

1More shakes up the portable speaker market with bundled units.‘ – 360 MAGAZINE

By Vaughn Lowery


If you are in the marketplace for a portable Bluetooth speaker, then 1More is your choice. With impeccable sound quality and the ability to hang them around your student residence or apartment, this speaker system is the bang for your buck. You can purchase one speaker for $99 or 2 for $149.

If you listen to songs with heavy bass, then look no farther. The bundled, packaged audio system at high levels will last for approximately 4 to 6 hours before having to recharge. It’s like having a Bose and JBL Bluetooth system combined. Each loudspeaker has a tweeter and a subwoofer so when you pair the two, the sound quality is reminiscent of a small home theater, especially if you hang them diagonally apart with one being higher than the other.

Unquestionably one of the best in the industry, they store easily in small bags when you travel. Great for outdoor BBQs and you can hang on your bike or scooter so you can enjoy music while on a drive to the beach.

They charge relatively fast and are exceedingly durable. We found out this first-hand as the speakers would hop off our glass table or edge of a kitchen countertop. If they descend, the face will sometimes pop off in order to absorb impact. We recommend you hang speaks on a bait/hook or a doorknob to keep them intact.

By far one of the best products for people-on-the-move, attending college and/or residing in small urban spaces.

Buy NOW.

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Back to School Bluetooth Essentials

“If Bose and JBL had a child it would be 1MORE. Excellent battery life with a comprehensive yet crisp sound.”360 MAGAZINE

1MORE Adds New Headphone to the Piston Fit Series and Introduces First Portable Speaker

1MORE, the most awarded headphone company from CES the past two years, launches a Bluetooth version of the beloved Piston Fit Headphone as well as its first Portable Bluetooth Speaker, which features a true stereo mode

1MORE, a global premium consumer audio company, today announced the release of its new Piston Fit Bluetooth Headphone, and first speaker, the 1MORE Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Just in time for anyone going back to school, these Bluetooth essentials provide an affordable option for superior audio quality while studying in the library, commuting to campus, playing games or hosting a movie night. For $29.99, the Piston Fit Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones can be purchased on or on Amazon. 1MORE’s Portable BT Speaker is available on 1MORE.com for $99.99 or as a bundle of two speakers for $149.99.

“With the introduction of our first-ever Portable BT Speaker and reimaged Piston Fit Bluetooth headphone, we’re excited to continue expanding our product line-up. These additions really embody 1MORE’s mission to provide quality products at pocket-friendly prices for everyone, even students, to enjoy,” says Tyler Runyon, Marketing Director for 1MORE USA.

1MORE Piston Fit Bluetooth In-Ear Headphone Specs:
• Titanium Composite Dynamic Driver – A 10mm dynamic driver with a titanium composite diaphragm balances powerful bass and exquisite detail, reproducing crystal clear sound in an ultra-compact design for enhanced efficiency.
• Reliable & Convenient – Using the latest Bluetooth 5 technology means these headphones are optimized with better transmission and connectivity to Bluetooth enabled devices.
• Fit & Design – Extremely lightweight earbuds with 45° oblique-angled nozzles naturally lay in your ear canals for a tight, secure fit during extended use. While not in use, the magnetic earpieces clasp together for convenient and worry-free storage around one’s neck.
• Durability – Aluminum alloy earpieces provide a sleek but sturdy build, while the grooved tangle-free neckband cable reduces friction. The added IPX4 water resistance ensures long-lasting resilience from all directional splashing.

1MORE Portable BT Speaker Specs:
• Multiple Pairing Modes – Choose between a single speaker in mono mode or pair two speakers in true L/R stereo mode for a fully immersive surround sound experience.
• HiFi Sound Quality – A true, active two-way design includes 1 plane woofer + 1 tweeter in a compact system that provides crisp highs and rich, thumping bass. Coupled with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, and separate amplifiers for the woofer and tweeter, the highs, mids, and lows are adjusted dynamically to create clear and natural sound no matter the listening volume.
• Virtual Bass Technology – Outfitted with Virtual Bass technology that produces apparent low frequency sounds under 70 Hz to provide a more complete low end experience.
• Acoustic Design – The saucer style design allows for 360° sound dispersion, creating a full range of coverage throughout all areas of a room.
• Grab and go – Keep the speaker on your table to listen to music while at home, or use the built-in tether when heading out and attach it to anything—a backpack, bike, or your wrist.

Like with all 1MORE’s products, the Piston Fit Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones and Portable BT Speaker are expertly tuned by Grammy-award winning sound engineer, Luca Bignardi, so that listeners hear exactly what the artist intended. For a full list of product specifications and features visit 1MORE.com and 1MORE’s Amazon Storefront.

ABOUT 1MORE
1MORE specializes in acoustic design and development, smart software and wearable audio products. Born with a profound mission to deliver superior quality audio at a consumer-friendly value, 1MORE has shipped 38 million headphones globally in over 25 countries in just the past 4 years. Additionally, 1MORE’s products have received multiple industry and design awards including prestigious CES Innovation awards, RedDot, iF Design awards and other major industry accolades. Visit 1MORE at 1MORE.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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ComplexCon x Skullcandy

By Krishan Narsinghani

ComplexCon Chicago featured an assortment of hype brands, culture and new music. Leading audio company, Skullcandy, unveiled a new experience during the 2019 convention that breeds different genres of music with art. A new program called 12 Moods brings a new mood to life every month through performances and limited edition products. Monthly artist features include Omar Apollo (personal favorite), Leikeli47 and Rico Nasty; along with athletes like Olympian Anna Gasser and skateboarder Chris Joslin.

360 Magazine had the opportunity to try the earbuds and sound did not disappoint. The wireless Bluetooth puppies last up to 12 hours of battery life, fit snugly for comfort and are water resistant. They are convenient for travel and come with a mini charging case perfect for the gym, work or a musical adventure. With different tones to match the month and a specific mood, consumers feel a personal connection to their unique item.

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Kygo Expands Headphone Brand

Global superstar, producer and DJ, Kygo, takes his headphone brand to the next level with the launch of his new noise cancelling headphones, Kygo A11/800.
“I’m super-excited about these noise-cancelling headphones. They’re brilliant for blocking out any unwanted distractions when I’m travelling on tour. Especially when I’m working on music and need to focus, or when I just feel like switching off.”-Kygo
Kygo A11/800 are perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of what’s happening around you. You can now be in complete music bliss by enjoying all the benefits that come with these ultramodern noise-cancelling headphones, such as controlling the noise-cancelling functions via the Kygo Sound App, for amazing Kygo-approved sound quality.
Other features: 
Bluetooth 5.0
40 hours playing time in Bluetooth mode, 19 hours in Bluetooth and noise-cancelling mode
AptX and AAC sound quality
HD voice during phone calls
NFC pairing
Proximity sensor
High-quality memory foam cushions
Touch control panel
Foldable
Travel case

Protecting a Kid’s Hearing

For America’s youth, hearing loss is a growing epidemic. “As many as 16% of teens (ages 12  to 19) have reported some hearing loss that could have been caused by loud noise,” according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

The driving force of this growth is that 50% of teens and young adults age 12-35 are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from their personal music players. To put that in perspective, that amounts to roughly 1.1 billion teens and young adults worldwide that are listening to their music at unsafe sound levels.

Why does Puro Sound Labs care so much about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)?

In 2014 Puro Sound Labs founder, Dave Russell, learned that his youngest daughter, Niki, had developed Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). The doctors told them the culprit was on her head every day…her headphones.

We’ve heard the problem.

After Niki’s diagnosis, Dave scoured the market, searching for headphones for all ages that would protect against this extremely preventable condition. He couldn’t find one brand of safe headphones that would sound good, look good and be durable enough for a kid’s lifestyle.

So, utilizing a background in the tech industry, Dave made some in 2014 – but not just any headphone – the Puro BT2200 Kids Bluetooth Headphones…the world’s only studio-grade Bluetooth headphone that puts the safety of kid’s ears first. Headquartered in sunny San Diego, California, Puro has dedicated their time and research in designing a product you, your family and your readers will love and enjoy for years to come. Puro’s mission is to protect kids against preventable Noise-Induced Hearing Loss without compromising style or sound…and have them enjoy it at the same time.

Over the past 4 years the BT2200 headphones have earned numerous awards and the highest praise for not only their protection, but also their sound quality. To make an even better kid’s headphone, Puro Sound Labs has recently launched their PuroQuiet Kid’s headphone with Active Noise Cancelling. ANC even further reduces background sounds in noisy environments. Puro has even made the PuroCalm earmuffs, for those times when listeners just want less sound overall.

Puro Sound Labs is now proud to partner with KultureCity, an organization that provides sensory-inclusive spaces and universal accessibility for children with disabilities.

For every pair of PuroCalm’s purchased, Puro Sound will donate a pair to the KultureCity Sensory Inclusive program, allowing individuals with autism and other sensory needs the ability to see and experience all the things the world has to offer without the sensory overload that often comes with the experience. Puro Sound Labs headphones are featured in all of KultureCity’s sensory initiatives, including at over 150 major sports arenas, zoos, schools and theaters, thus enabling autistic individuals a chance to cope with sensory sensitivities that so commonly interfere with their daily lives.

In addition, the partnership will feature a global social campaign and looks to join forces with celebrities, influencers and companies that are equally interesting in shifting  the autism conversation from awareness to acceptance…and provide safe listening devices from Puro Sound Labs to autistic children around the globe.  This first ever, large-scale campaign will represent a positive reflection of autism aimed at gaining acceptance and inclusion within the community at large.