AfterShokz Headphones: Listening To Music With Your Bones, Not Eardrums
If you like listening to music on the go; whether you are an audiophile or not, this technology will pique your interest!
A new way of listening to music is available now, without having the need to stuff things in your ear. AfterShokz Headphones (using Bone Conduction Technology) deliver sound directly to the inner ear, bypassing the eardrum. Bone conduction headphones were originally created for military use. But, now you can experience it too!
What makes these headphones different than the conventional ones?
When you are using regular headphones/ earphones, the sound waves travel via ‘air’ to finally reach your eardrums. Whereas, in case of headphones using Bone Conduction Technology, all sounds are delivered through your skull to the inner ear, without interference from air; not to mention the crystal clear accuracy that the headphones shall provide.
The main intent of creating this technology was clearly to allow the user to be able to communicate through media while still being able to hear what is going on around. The earphones in use today have major drawbacks – when the surroundings are too loud, the users have to pump up the volume; on and around-ear headphones are just ‘unwieldy’ and make the dork in you stand out; and the in-ear ones, though providing good quality, block the user from the outside world.
Watch the video talking about AfterShokz Headphones, from CES 2012,
To those who find it hard to believe, try holding a watch between your teeth, the ticking is audible. A tuning fork held to your forehead will also do. Bone conduction simply is, passing of frequencies through the skull plates to the inner ear. A high frequency makes parts of the skull vibrate, so as to put it in layman’s terms. Correspondingly, low frequencies make the skull vibrate as a whole. From this, the inner ear can deduce the frequency being passed.
AfterShokz Headphones have been designed such that they press on the cheekbones and have good grip. And you do get to experience high fidelity and stereo quality sound. Normal earphones are irritating when used for long durations; the in-ear ones block air access to the ear canal, the other ones simply hurt since people tend to use them at high volumes. Joggers and active people have to keep adjusting them from falling away.
Whether this technology has any drawbacks is not known. However, a skeptic may point that making a person’s skull vibrate all the time may be harmful in the long run.
Three models of AfterShokz Headphones are available: AfterShokz Sport Headphone, AfterShokz Mobile with In-Line Mic, and AfterShokz Game Headphone.