Headband acts as alternative to wearing ear buds

Called the “VIBSO headphones”, this headband is actually meant to serve as an alternative to ear buds and headphones, even though they don’t actually go in the ear.

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Designed by Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne student Renaud Defrancesco, the VIBSO is made of transparent acrylic glass and sends music vibrations across its surface to the user’s ears via a vibrating electromagnet.

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The magnet works, more or less, like a speaker, which has a connecting element that causes a membrane to vibrate and create sounds. In the case of VIBSO, the membrane is the glass, which transmits sound very well, and is also flexible and easy to form.

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The vibrations move down the membrane and over the surface that covers part of the ears. This allows the user to wear the headband without feeling the actual vibrations running across their noggin. The shape of the VIBSO directs the sound directly inward so that only the wearer hears the music.

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If need be, the headband can be covered for added comfort. Users can also share the music by letting someone put their ear up against the other side of the band. Personal space issues are up to the individuals.

According to Defrancesco, the purpose of the VIBSO headphones is to allow the user to be “bathed in music without being isolated like with normal headphones, which can be dangerous because you don’t hear what’s around you.”

Audiophile has headphones implanted in his ear

Surgical experiment allows user to pick up audio signals sans wire

Wearable technology is all the rage these days. Surgically implanted technology, however, is a frontier not many are willing to cross. Luckily, we have people like Rich Lee willing to put his body through the trials and tribulations of what’s known as a grinder; that is, experiments with surgical implants or body enhancements.

You see, Lee recently had a small magnet implanted in his tragus—the hard-ass protrusion on the inside of one’s ear canal—for the purpose of having it act like an earbud in his head.

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Batteries not required – headphones draw power from ear cells

Breakthrough technology able to draw power from human tissue alone

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When it comes to breakthroughs, this is a big one — Harvard researchers have successfully powered an electrical hearing device that uses a natural electromechanical gradient in inner ear cells.

Translation — you may one day be able to listen to music from your smartphone device via battery-less, Bluetooth earbuds.

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Thinking beyond the entertainment factor, the group hopes that the technology will also be able to power technologies like brain implants or hearing aids.

The obvious question here is — how? Without getting too Bill Nye on you, the way it works is like this: nerve cells use the movement of positively charged sodium and potassium ions across a membrane to create a chemical gradient that drives neural signals. Hair cells in the cochlea use this gradient to convert the mechanical force of the vibrating eardrum into electrical signals that the brain can understand.

The researchers powered a device by tapping into this resource by attaching electrodes attached to both sides of a guinea pig’s cochlear hair cell membranes. Attached to the chip was a radio transmitter — after kick-starting the chip with radio waves, the device sustained the low-power transmitter for 5 hours.

The challenge they found was the fact that the amount of voltage they were able to get was, obviously, pretty tiny — just a fraction of what gets generated in a single AA battery. The next step is to develop an electronic chip that contains within it low-resistance electrodes capable of harnessing a small amount of electrical activity—oh, and to do it without damaging hearing.

In the meantime, we recommend everyone continue wearing their Bluetooth, Lithium-ion-powered portable speakers.

New Logitech Headphones Come with Personal Assistant, Cost $2000

Tech company creates earphones customized to suit each customer’s listening preferences

Yup — you read that headline right: $2000 for a pair of headphones. If you put all of our portable speakers together, not only would they be louder, they wouldn’t cost you $2000.

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The purpose behind this new line of ear bud is to cater to the auditorily spoiled. Details on their ridiculous reasoning after the jump.

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