The Google Glass project is making use of bone conduction technology in order to transmit sound to the wearer of the device and save users from needing headphones. Google’s Project Glass was filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday.
Using bone conduction, Google Glass could stray from traditional audio earpiece technology. An internal transducer mechanism vibrates bones in the wearer’s head, generating more vibrations in the cochlea (the fluid-filled part of the ear), turning all of these vibrations into what the wearer hears as sound.
Google filed for the audio device’s patent just a week prior to the FCC confirmation which only makes one note of the “vibrating element”.
Bone conduction audio is said to provide many advantages over most headphones. Some people say that the audio is clearer, while others report that it removes any obstructions in the way of real-world audio (such as day-to-day traffic noise and important alerts from passers-by).
The vibrating element is expected to be included on the Explorer Edition of Google Glass. The Explorer is said to cost around $1,500 and will be released in 2013, readying the market for a projected 2014 release.
Do you believe bone conduction audio is a step up from traditional headphones? What advantages or disadvantages do you see with the new addition? Will you purchase Google Glass when it is released to the public?
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