VONIA Sports Headband: listen to Apple iPod shuffle via bone conduction, not headphones

“The second generation iPod shuffle may be impossibly small, but you still have to deal with all those nasty wires when you go for your morning jog. Getting tangled up is the last thing you want to worry about just before bathing suit season, right? Well, the good people of Thanko are coming to the rescue with the Vonia Sports Headband BCT, a fully integrated system that hides the iPod shuffle as well as all of the associated cables,” Michael Kwan reports for Mobile Magazine.

Kwan reports, “Instead of a regular set of white ear buds, the Vonia makes use of Bone Conduction Technology (hence the BCT in its name), vibrating those tunes literally through your skull. The slot is specially designed for the clip-tasted shuffle…”

Full article with more and larger images here.

New Launches reports, “Just wear the headband, hook up your MP3 player and your favourite tracks are delivered directly to the brain, it works by sending out vibrations to which are picked up by the auditory nerve. So you wont damage your ears even if you listen Iron Maiden on full volume and as your ears exposed when listening to music you can still [run safely].”

“Thanko Vonia weighs 75 grams and is available in Japan for 9800 Yen ($85),” New Launches reports.

Full article with more and larger images here.

42 Comments

  1. “.. delivered directly to the brain, it works by sending out vibrations to which are picked up by the auditory nerve. So you wont damage your ears even if…”

    If this is true, then cochlear implants will not longer be necessary. Goodby hammer, stirrup and anvil and hello direct brain interface ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Give me a break…direct brain interface…LOL.

  2. Just in case anybody takes the claim that this cannot damage your hearing seriously . . . The auditory nerve is incapable of picking up vibrations, only electrical impulses, which is what the cochlear implant does . . . it converts vibrations to electrical impulses. The vibrations are normally coverted in this manner by the cochlea or inner ear which is very sensitive and still capable of being damaged by excessive vibrations whether they come through the bone or through the air. Believe me when I tell you that a cochlear implant is a poor substitute for normal hearing. So keep that Iron Maiden to resonable sound levels if you don’t want to be a real bonehead ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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