Hybrid Sunglasses Can Vibrate Music Through Your Skull
Zungle has designed a pair of stylish eyewear that uses bone conduction to play music
Music to your ears? What about music to your eyes? Bone-conduction technology has been around for many years as a tool to help people with hearing loss. (Even Beethoven used bone conduction to listen to music!) However, now startup Zungle is bringing bone-conduction headphones into the mainstream market with their hybrid sunglasses.
Bone-conduction headphones allow you to hear sound through the vibration of the bones in your face, enabling sound waves to bypass the outer and middle ear and directly stimulate the inner ear. Zungle’s Panther shades can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth, enabling music playback controlled by a dial on the right ear. The sunglasses even have a 300 milliamp-hour (mAh) battery that lasts up to four hours, as well as a built-in microphone for answering phone calls. To recharge the headphones, you can simply pop off one of the arms to access a micro USB port on the edge of the lenses.