AfterShokz Bluez Headphone Uses Bone-Conduction to Transmit Audio
Today, it’s a no brainer that our entire body is conducive, including our bones. Several creative developers have managed to build a device that has its root on such a principle. However, none of them are really attempting to put the same concept into headphone, except AfterShockz. Dubbed as Bluez, it is claimed to be world’s first wireless headphone featuring an open-ear system which allows you to hear the surrounding in addition to the tunes transmitted.
While common headphones work by vibrating your eardrums to enable you hear the tunes, AfterShokz Bluez aims to direct the audio right on to your ears. This is done by harnessing pads which act pretty much like a transducer. These pads are placed around your cheekbones which then conduct the audio. This way, the company expects that users can still remain alert to important ambient noise such as car horns or your buddy’s shouting while listening to your favorite beat.
Granted, it’s expected to be the safest headphone in the market, though the experience it delivers won’t be as engaging as other ace wireless headphones. By the way, AfterShokz Bluez will be featured at CES 2013 as best design and engineering in headphone category. On top of that, it’s also nominated as a winner candidate of 2013 Last Gadget Standing. Now, you know that the company isn’t just attempting to be fancy.
AfterShokz Bluez isn’t available for mass consumption right now but you can pre-order it on the company’s respective website for the price of $100. That’s $29 cheaper than the expected retail price. You have to be a citizen of U.S. and Canada, though, in order to be eligible for the deal.