Bone-Conduction Earring Earphones Rock Your Skull, Make You Look Weird

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The new In-Tech Vibe earphones use bone-conduction to deliver music to your eardrums, all while still letting in ambient sound so you don't get squashed crossing the street. The manufacturer claims that they are safer than other options in busy urban environments because they hang behind your ears, instead of blocking your ear canal and tickling your hypothalamus, like the obligatory diagram shows:

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They also claim that they allow you to "actually feel the music or game," which probably means that they make your skull vibrate until your eyeballs pop out. The NVE-100s charge via USB, with a 30-minute charge giving you 6 hours of lovely pink earphone-wearing. Their frequency reponse 100Hz to 10kHz, which is not too bad, and they're available first in Korea, for about $105. [Aving via Newlaunches]

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mark.templar

It would interesting to test their freq. response claims.

I'm an audiologist and bone conduction (BC) testing is part of the standard hearing test.

The actual point for stimulation is NOT the eardrum but in fact the aim is to directly stimulate the hair cells of the inner ear, the cochlear; bypassing the outer and middle ear completely.

It's this process that is used when issuing BC hearing aids, which tend to have little in the way of HF gain resulting in a very 'bassy' response.

Maybe that'll be good for music on the go to overcome the usual lack of bass generated by standard headphones? Maybe better in combo with standard headphones; a combined device?