[intro]A crazy Japanese company has made a headband that lets runners listen to music via their skull[/intro]
For the runner, there is such a thing as having headphones that are too good. Noise isolators seem like the best idea, but not being able to hear oncoming trucks can lead to your face being ground painfully into the tarmac. Which is why Japanese eccentrics Thanko have made this bone-shaking solution.
Its Vonia Sports Headband – yes, the really cool grey one you can see above – plugs into your Shuffle and sends sounds to your inner ear via your skull. To do this, it uses bone-conduction technology, which theoretically provides clear sound in loud environments while letting you hear the world around you. Swimmers will also be interested to hear that – provided you buy a case for your Shuffle – it works in water, potentially saving them from buying one of the many terrible waterproof MP3 players.
The 'Bone Fone' scarf may have used the same tech back in the 80s, but it's still an interesting idea. It's due for release in Asia soon – I'll be looking to import it for my first 'skull-on' test.