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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 5 Reasons Why Google's Project Glass Is The Future & Why That's Awesome [Opinion] 5 Reasons Why Google's Project Glass Is The Future & Why That's Awesome [Opinion] Google’s Project Glass has everyone talking. It’s a glimpse of the future of augmented reality, wearable computing, and better integration of the Internet and technology in our day-to-day lives. Imagine replacing your smartphone with a... Read More 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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  1. Scott MacDonald
    February 6, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    This looks super cool. I wonder how it will affect people with moderate hearing loss?

  2. tomcd
    February 6, 2013 at 4:13 am

    I own a bone fone, first came out in the 80's and played Am. or FM radio. It was a little heavy on the neck but works great never knew why they disappeared. Google bone fone if you like to know more about them.

  3. salvador hernandez
    February 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Mind control.... lol

  4. Ron Lister
    February 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I read about this yesterday, Boneconductive tech is not new, but I don't see alot out there utilizing the tech. Is it because its expensive or is it because of quality or are there other issues, are there any health effects noticed. It sounds like it could be a convenient way to hear audio and not have whats going on around you muffled. I wonder if they plan to incorporate subvocals as well for the microphone.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      February 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Yep. Even those old electric toothbrushes for kids (Spinsters?) used it. You could listen to music while you brushed your teeth. I never got one, but I thought they were so cool. : )

      Haven't heard about any health issues, though. Regarding money – eh. I doubt it. It probably is more about the purpose. With headphones, you want to muffle out the world. With Google Glass, this is not the case. Headphones sell better in that case.

      Do you mind elaborating a little on subvocals?

      • Ron Lister
        February 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

        sure subvocals are experimental, in theory they are kind of like voice recognition without vocalizing electrodes on the throat detect what you are saying "without vocalizing it or even opening your mouth" make the movements you would make talking but don't actually make a sound try saying "scroll up" "scroll down" "next page" "zoom in" but don't open your mouth, you may look funny but the electrodes would pick up the movements and translate it into text which could be used as commands, hense a way to navigate your google glasses without being disruptive to people around you. so I guess calling it a microphone was misleading. although navigating with voice would also be interesting but that could become annoying for others near you.

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