Words by Soo Kim
A new wireless and earless “smart” headphone claims to offer travellers the optimal multi-function audio experience
Made with a “sleek and intelligent” design and equipped with Bluetooth technology, the Batband headphone, which was launched on the crowd funding website Kickstarter last month, can be connected to your mobile phone to listen to music, as well as make and receive calls in a “discreet, intuitive and minimalistic” manner.
Sound waves are sent to your inner ear through the bones of the skull via three transducers (two placed near the sides of the band and one at the back) that can transmit a frequency range of 300-1900 Hz. Unlike most bone conduction headphones that use two sound transducers placed closer to the cheekbones, the Batband’s use of three around the head provides a clearer, “high fidelity” sound quality, and your outer ear is able to stay tuned into your surroundings while listening to music or talking on the phone.
Operated by a smooth slide and touch function on the sides of the device, users can control volume levels, switch music tracks and take or make calls with a swift finger-to-head swipe or touch motion.
It also comes with a built-in microphone, a USB port for charging and rechargeable batteries.
Built with a spring steel ensuring a good grip on your head and an inner foam lining that provides comfort and helps reduce sound leakage, the Batband is said to be ideal for use while working out, made from IP55 (International Protection Rating) certified water resistant materials.
As modern and sleek as the Batband might look, at first glance it can't help but have the feel of some medical testing device or even a reversed, updated version of the headband worn by Star Trek's Lt Geordi La Forge, so it might receive a few perplexed looks initially from passersby.
Batband, which is expected to be available for delivery by April next year, was designed by Studio Banana Things, the creators behind the Ostrich Pillow, a travel pillow that was said to “enable power naps anytime, anywhere,” including in airport lounges and on planes.
This article was written by Soo Kim from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.