About Us

BuddyPhones are created by onanoff, a design and technology company taking its name from the most fundamental feature of all electronics: the on and off button. Inspired by a friend looking for durable and safe headphones for his kids, we realised there weren’t many safe options on the market for children. Therefore we decided to give parents a peace of mind and provide a safe sound solution for little ones. 

According to specialists, exposure to excessive levels of sound is proven to be damaging and can cause adverse long-term effect. Researchers who study hearing loss have found that a person who is exposed to noise levels higher than 85 decibels for a prolonged period of time is at risk for hearing loss. Children are exposed to dangerous levels of noise on a regular basis and many devices that children use have noise levels much higher than 85 decibels. Our volume-limiting headphones keep noise levels down to World Health Organization recommended standards and look cool to boot. We also wanted to come up with a solution for parents whose little ones are constantly fighting over a device. For those that have more than one child at home and they have trouble sharing the ingenious BuddyCable audio splitter allows up to four kids to share one device, squabble-free. BuddyPhones are designed to meet the everyday challenges an ordinary family member faces, and make life a little easier.

Petur Olafsson and Yvonne Lo Mather, Founders of onanoff, combine their expertise in product design and the practical needs to create meaningful products that are essential for any child. Petur's perfectionism leads the design team to create and Yvonne's motherly instinct add unique features to our products that relates to parents. This combination is the momentum behind our award winning Buddyphones and leading sales in 50+ countries. So if you’re looking to give your kids the freedom to develop their own musical taste without fear of ringing ears, snap up a pair of BuddyPhones and let the music play.

Petur Olafsson

onanoff was set up in 2014 to fulfill Icelander Petur Olafsson’s lifelong ambition to design and produce functional, stylish and ergonomic technology products for everyday use. The diverse backgrounds and experiences of his creative team, ensures that onanoff’s focus lies on stylish design, practicality and affordability. A permanent resident in Hong Kong, Petur draws inspiration for the brand’s design from his Nordic heritage and the vibrant Hong Kong lifestyle.

EMBA, 20 years in CE and Accessories, 11 years in Hong Kong.

Yvonne Lo

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Yvonne has studied and worked in USA where she gained a strong background in the Hospitality Business with a focus on marketing and brand management. Currently residing in Hong Kong with her family, she joined onanoff where she utilizes her expertise to strengthen and expand the brand. As a busy, working mom, Yvonne breeds new ideas and develops products for onanoff that suit an active and urban, family lifestyle.

MSc, 20 years in Sales & Marketing in Hong Kong and USA.