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Bone conduction goes wireless with Bluetooth headset

We’ve seen a few bone-conduction devices before, including a cellphone, a sports headband and an industrial safety helmet, but this is definitely the first we’ve come across that sends the good vibes by Bluetooth.

The wireless Sound Leaf Plus arrives in Japan from NTT DoCoMo next February for around ¥13,000 ($115) and is an upgrade to last year’s wired model.

As with other bone-conduction gear, the point of the Sound Leaf is to circumvent the outer ear and deliver the vibrations that sound is made of from the phone, through the bones of the skull and thence to the inner ear. Apparently, it’s useful in noisy environments like building sites or bars on Friday nights.

The new 45g model runs on two AAA batteries for about 15 hours a pop and has a flip for taking and ending calls that has a microphone on the end. DoCoMo has thoughtfully engineered in a softer vibration pad so as not to jiggle the bones of the cranium excessively and the whole thing even vibrates in your pocket when a call arrives - whodathunk it?

(Crossposted to Tech.co.uk)

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