God knows there is an abundance of headphones available. From in-ear, around the ear, cup, cheap and expensive, professional and consumer, the market is one that is saturated, to say the least. Despite this, however, their remains on inherent “given” with headphones: regardless of model, they are always in your ear, drowning out the sounds of the world around you.
Batband is a new kind of headphone. By using bone conduction technology, the sleek, wrap around design frees listeners’ ears while allowing music to be heard clearly. When attached to a listeners mobile device, via Bluetooth, the audio can be controlled by the easily accessible touch censors on its side.
Getting into the specifics of bone conduction technology, Batband describes it as “transducers that emit sound waves perceived by your “private” inner ear, thus freeing your “social” outer ear. Sound waves are transmitted at a frequency that can be conducted through the bones of the skull. Your ears remain free, therefore you get to hear twice as much, without compromising on comfort, quality or style”.
Batband’s creators, London-based Studio Banana Things, continues its description with: “3 transducers emitting sound waves are incorporated in the product: two touching the sides of your head (temporal bone) and one at the back of your head (occipital bone). Furthermore, its discreet use means that any vocal content you receive is nearly inaudible to outsiders”.
Check out the specifics of Batband in the video below and, if you’re interested, support the project via their Kickstarter campaign.