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Tunes get inside your head with Thanko’s new sports gear

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Although it may look like a gag gift, Thanko’s Vonia sports headband is a cutting-edge piece of equipment that uses bone-conduction technology to convey digital audio directly to the bones of the inner ear.

The ¥9,800 Vonia is intended as an alternative to holding an MP3 player while doing sports or to the bone-conduction elements inside the headband are held firmly against the head just below and behind each ear by adjustable straps and deliver tunes of choice through the skull and into the ear.

Aside from the hands-free aspect, the advantages of the technology are that it works in noisy environments and that it leaves the external ears free to pick up sounds more important when running, such as runaway trains or approaching meteors. Best of all, the strap’s pouch is waterproof, so it can safely go for a swim.

(Crossposted to Tech.co.uk)

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