Why bone conduction technology could save your life

Bone conduction technology is the latest trend in audio electronics — and it’s more important to your well-being than you may think.

Headphones used to cup the entire side of a user’s head. Now, earbuds slide into an ear unobtrusively. Headphones used to be tethered by cumbersome wires. Now, most units are Bluetooth-enabled and completely wireless. But despite all the advancements, most headphones still cover and encircle the ear canal. While it enhances the music, the technique also cuts off the user from the sounds of the outside world, which can lead an inattentive listener into very real danger.

What Is Bone Conduction Technology?

That’s where bone conduction technology takes over. Headphones like the Batband ($69.99, 71 percent off) employ bone conduction technology to allow listeners to enjoy the music and fully interact with the rest of their environment at the same time.

If you’ve never heard of bone conduction, it’s been around a lot longer than you think. In fact, humans started coming up with ways around the standard air conduction of audio almost 500 years ago. Just cover your ears and start humming to yourself. That sound that you still hear is an example of how vibrations of the skull can conduct audio right to your inner ear.

The creators of the Batband Studio Banana grabbed that idea and ran with it, coming up with not only an innovative means of listening to music, but cutting down on the danger posed by severing the listener’s connection to what’s happening around them.

The Batband settles around the head just above the ears. Fire it up and it uses sound waves directed at bone around the ear and skull, funneled directly to the inner ear without compromising any outside sound. The end result? Sound equal to over the ear headphones without compromising the ability to hear and react to any outside sound. Even if you’re jogging to your favorite playlist at full blast, you’ll hear that car turning the corner too fast.

Buoyed by $1.6 million in Kickstarter and Indiegogo contributions, Studio Banana makes hearables like the Batband cool. The unit not only allows you to listen to music via Bluetooth, but also lets you make and receive calls with its touch-sensitive interface and omnidirectional mic.

It works for up to four hours of playback on a single charge — and you’ll likely be surprised at the audio quality you’ll enjoy without anything filling your ears.

The Batband routinely retails for $249, so now’s the time to get in on this forward-thinking technology with this massive limited time price cut down to only $69.99.