Incredible underwater headphones that transmit music to swimmers’ ears by vibrating sound through their cheekbones
- The Neptune headphones and mp3 player mimic the way whales and dolphins communicate underwater
- Sound is transmitted through the cheekbones to the cochlea part of the ear
- The 4GB device holds 1,000 songs and costs £100
PUBLISHED: 12:31 EST, 29 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:44 EST, 29 September 2013
A bizarre new technology allows swimmers to listen to music while underwater, by conducting sound through the bones in the human skull.
The Neptune headphones send sound waves to the inner ears through swimmer’s cheekbones, resulting in them being able to hear music in their heads.
The device mimics the way dolphins and whales communicate in the water by transmitting sound vibrations.
The headphones take inspiration from a 1970s product which transmitted music through the collarbone in the same way.
Dave Seiler, from US manufacturers Finis, said: ‘Back in the 70s there was a product called the Bone Fone, a floppy tube that was worn round the neck and transferred sound into users’ collarbones.
‘The product wasn’t very successful and so the technology lay dormant until recently when we revived it.
‘We have come along way since those times and have now launched a truly unique product in the Neptune.
‘Bone conduction is perfect for using under water because there is no air for sound to travel though.
‘The speakers of the Neptune sit on the cheek just in front of the ear.
‘These speakers then send vibrations through the cheek bones to the inner ear.
‘The result is an incredible audio experience that makes you feel like the music is playing inside your head.
‘It is the same way that whales and dolphins listen to one another.
‘Having the music just appear in your head is quite surreal but once swimmers get used to it they love it.
‘Neptune has been a real hit with recreational swimmers, and it can store 1,000 songs so the user will run out of energy long before they run out of music.’
The Neptune, which holds holds 1,000 songs, costs £100 and can be bought at finisinc.com.
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