This guy saved his lost AirPod using a makeshift magnetic fishing pole

Photo: Paul Canetti

Anyone who has worn Apple’s futuristic wireless earbuds, AirPods, gets the same question: What happens when one falls out and you can’t retrieve it

That’s exactly what happened to Paul Canetti, founder and CEO of MAZ, a company that builds apps for media companies like Forbes and USA Today.

He was rocking one of his AirPods on Monday, listening to a New York Times podcast, when — whoops! — one fell down a grate in New York City.

“As I opened the case to take out the second ‘pod,’ I fumbled and it flew out in a cartoonish arc straight into the grate,” Canetti told Business Insider. 

Not content with a single-AirPod setup, and wanting to avoid spending $US69 for a replacement, he jury-rigged a magnetic retrieval device, and got his single earbud back. 

Here’s how he did it: 

Here's the grate that Canetti's lonely 'pod flew into:

Paul Canetti

'I was already thinking about how much it costs for a new pair, all the naysayers who I had assured this would NEVER happen, my wife who had surprised me over the holidays with this long sought-after gift,' Canetti told Business Insider.

Paul Canetti

Not great.

Paul Canetti

So Canetti walked to a nearby Ace Hardware and tried to figure out how to get his AirPod back. 'It was about 6 feet under the footpath from what I could tell. Luckily there was a bottom instead of some subway tunnel or something, so I was thinking about some sort of hook on a string? Or like a mini-noose with a thin rope?' he said. Here's what he settled on:

Paul Canetti

After testing to make sure the magnet could be applied to his other AirPod, Paul tied the rope around the 'super magnet' pole and went AirPod fishing. 'After a couple of tries, I was able to get it in the perfect spot and I heard the satisfying click of the AirPod sticking to the magnet. Then I carefully pulled it up, but it got stuck to the grate again on the way up! I was afraid of it falling back in, but I carefully guided it out,' Canetti said.

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'There's probably literally a magnet in (the AirPods case) which is how it gets sucked into the case with that same clicking noise!' Canetti explains.


Paul Canetti

'Some middle schoolers walked by just as I got it and I was so pumped and I like yelled out to them that I had just pulled this out with a magnet, and as they passed they looked back and yelled, 'Science!''

Paul Canetti

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