While it may look like someone’s wearing Geordi La Forge’s Star Trek visor backwards, the Batband is a set of next-gen headphones that blast music straight through the listener’s skull. The tech ensures the wearer is still aware of their surroundings while enjoying a private soundscape, so there is no danger of missing the sound of screeching tyres as you step out to cross a busy road.
The £165/$250 Batband works via three transducers, with two above your ears and one at the back of your hands. These emit sound waves at a frequency that can pass through the bones of the skull and be recognised by the inner ear. The Batband should also offer a lot less sound leak than regular headphones.
So-called ‘bone-conduction’ headphones have been around for some time, however the Batband is the first to completely abandon headphones. London-based creator, Studio Banana Things, says the Batband’s audio fidelity is unrivalled and the incorporation of a microphone to take and make calls is unique.
Fully funded through Kickstarter, the Batband is available to pre-order now and will ship in April 2016.