Panasonic unveils Bone-Conduction Headphones: these pump sound directly into your skull
Panasonic revealed the Bone Conduction Headphones at CES 2013. This little gadget sits right outside your ear and sends vibrations directly into your skull and causes the tiny ear bones to vibrate which is interpreted as sound by the brain. The design is a simple wrap-around frame which goes behind the neck and reaches out from above the ears.
The headphones use Bluetooth for communication between the earpieces and the source. The prototype at CES was powered by a single AAA battery. There is no estimate on the battery life as of now, but such details should be released as we approach the stated release frame in fall this year.
Bone conduction headphones allow the user to listen to ambient noise and his music at the same time. It’s really just a matter of focus in this case. Here’s how The Verge describes the sound:
“If normal headphones are like putting your ear very close to the speaker in a room, these are like listening to the noise in two rooms at once.”
With that said, the sound itself was decent but the volume was disappointingly low and one really had to focus to catch the finer details. The volume and the battery solution maybe reconsidered before the launch however.
These headphones are low powered devices which will be ideal for people who want to stay aware of their surroundings and still be able to listen to their music. The initial prototype shown at CES has a lot of room for improvement and we can expect major changes in the design before these headphones hit the shelves. We’re really excited to try them out for ourselves.
18 January, 2013