Cell phones creep closer to their future home – your brain

A conceptual mock-up of the new phone: by the author.  (Original image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
A conceptual mock-up of the new phone: by the author. (Original image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
A new cell phone uses bone conduction to transmit sound to your inner-ear. So, now, instead of having to lift the thing all the way up to your ear, you can just press it to your jaw instead.

The conduction of sound through bone is part of the reason we all think our recorded voices sound so weird – they’re missing the resonance of our skull and jawbones. Using bone conduction for something like a cell phone should allow for the operator to hear and be heard better making calls in noisy environments.

Some potential issues occur to me. What about people who, like me, have beards insulating their jawbones? Are we to be left behind? Or what if we don’t want to look like this person? Some of us have enough social concerns with having to be seen holding a remote control to our heads every time we make a call (which may not be all that often, but still).

No doubt this has all already been considered by scientists.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

mdr's picture
mdr says:

The solution to both your issues is right in front of your face (so to speak). That woman in the picture is using her cell phone to shave off her beard. You could do the same. There you go.

posted on Mon, 10/22/2007 - 8:47am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Every day, we inch inexorably closer to the world predicted by The President's Analyst. Beware T.P.C.!

posted on Fri, 10/26/2007 - 2:08pm

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