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Bone conduction tools are not new. Bone conduction origins extend as far back as 2AD, with notable use by Girolamo Cardano in the 1500s. All humans hear sounds through both our bones and our eardrums. For most, sounds are primarily heard by the eardrums, which take the sound waves and convert them to vibrations that are transmitted to the inner ear. Normal sound waves are just tiny vibrations in the air. Bone conduction essentially cuts out the middlemen-the outer and inner ear.
A common tool that most people are familiar with that uses bone conduction is hearing aids. Specifically, bone conducting hearing aids, which bypass an individual’s outer ear and middle ear entirely, creating a new pathway for hearing. Essentially, bone conduction devices perform the role of the eardrum and convert sound waves into vibrations that can be directly received by the inner ear.
Bone conduction technology allows users to relax with sound, comfort, and awareness without disturbing those around them. The vibrations are directed toward the individual using the device, making it so the sound is sent to a target recipient instead of out to the environment. Bone conduction devices do not cut users off from the environment, which can make them safer options than air conduction alternatives (think traditional headphones).
Being able to stay aware of the environment is a key feature of bone conduction technology. Devices with this technology do not seal, or touch, the ear canal, leaving users able to hear other sounds. This is useful for parents with children, people with pets, and for general safety.
In addition to allowing situational awareness, bone conduction devices also provide more comfort than traditional headphones. Finding the right earbuds that fit comfortably and produce high-quality sound can be tough. Full-size headphones are an option, but they’re not as comfortable to use when watching a video while lying down.
Bone conduction devices can take many forms. Kare Audio’s Head Spot is a bone conduction pillow that houses sound transducers, amplifiers, and a receiver all in one, with the intended purpose of allowing someone to enjoy their favorite media without disturbing those around them. Sound vibrations transmit directly through the user’s cheek and jawbones, channeling directly to the inner ear for an optimal listening experience.
Don’t worry about the people around you interfering with your media time. With headphones, users have to either use one headphone at a time or remove their headphones each time their environment demands their attention. The advanced technology of the Head Spot transmits sound directly to your eardrums using bone conduction technology, leaving you immersed in entertainment while simultaneously leaving your ears open to the space around you.
The sleek, portable, lightweight Head Spot pillow uses advanced technology to produce high-quality sound for the person using this unique device. The pillow works to send sound vibrations to the person physically using the pillow, without transmitting sound into the environment. Advanced, patent-pending bone conduction technology is placed into every Head Spot pillow to give each customer the highest quality experience possible.