These Sci-Fi-Looking Headphones Pump Sound Straight Through Your Skull
September 15, 2015 #expanse
By August West

These headphones are currently plowing through their funding round on Kickstarter and for good reason. We're talking about the Batband, which is the latest attempt at turning bone conduction technology into a tool for music listening. While the team's design is groundbreaking, the tech behind it isn't.

Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) notes that the bone conduction phenomenon was first described by Girolamo Cardano, an Italian physician, mathematician, and philosopher, back in 1550. It even has incredibly early practical applications, being used by John Bulwer and George Sibscota in the 17th century in an "aid to defective hearing," according to a 1976 paper.

The Batband isn't meant to address special needs — it's built to solve everyday ones. Instead of being closed off from the world with a set of headphones on, the Batband allows users to remain connected with the world surrounding them. One user testing the prototype in the clip below likens the experience to having a radio in the room, which is a far cry from the isolated feeling of wearing headphones. Additionally, the Batband works via Bluetooth, which eliminates the need for an obnoxious wire.

As of this morning, Batband had met its $150,000 Kickstarter goal in excess of $30,000. That being said, with 42 days still left in their campaign, it's clear that this one will be overfunded by a long shot. The device is available for preorder, and if you're interested, now's the time to act: the preorder price is far less than the RRP of $250.

Check out the clip from Kickstarter below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments. When the video's over, share it with your friends on Facebook!

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