There are so many types of listening devices on the market at the moment. From full sized headphones to small and portable earbuds, there’s something for everyone. Â Well there’s a new kind of listening device on the market, and it doesn’t work exactly like the others. In fact, it doesn’t even deliver sound directly through your ears. It’s called the Cynaps bone conduction hat, and it’s by a company called Max Virtual.
The Cynaps isn’t the first bone conduction device, but it certainly is at least one of the first to disguise itself as an ordinary piece of clothing. Essentially, the way it works is that instead of passing sound waves through your ear canal, the transducers in the device transmit vibrations through your skull which then make their way to your inner ear.
It’s important to note that this device is one of the first of it’s kind, and because of this the team behind it didn’t put too much effort into the looks of the device. Sure it’s not UGLY, but it is a little plain and you probably wouldn’t see it making it’s way down a catwalk any time soon. The electronic part of the device is situated in the bill of the cap, and includes three buttons which are used for pause/play, answer and end phone calls and adjust the volume. There is also a wire with a microphone attaches to it. This is because the device connect to your phone via Bluetooth and can also be used to take calls.
Remember that this technology is rather new, and because of that the audio quality isn’t going to be amazing. This is not a device for DJ’s or studio musicians. The audio quality will be improved by using earplugs, but that defeats the purpose of the hat in the first place. The hat allows your outer ears to be able to concentrate on picking up sounds like traffic. This device is really for people who need to be able to hear their surroundings while they listen to music. It could also be used for people who are hard of hearing.
Overall, the technology certainly does have potential. Who knows we might start to use headphones less and less, and use bone conduction devices more and more. Despite this, the technology has a long way to go. The Cynaps bone conduction hat by Max Virtual has limited applications, but it could be the hat for you! Plus it also can be used to keep the sun off of your face!