Kyocera Bone Conduction Handsets May Replace Earpieces on Smartphones in the Near Future

May 8, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

As technology moves forward, we find more ground breaking innovations that change the very basic ways we use certain technologies.

Kyocera is on the threshold of doing something similar to the traditional way of communicating through smartphones.

The Kyoto based Japanese multinational plans to integrate bone conduction technology to future handsets which will revolutionize the common practice of talking and hearing through a phone.

Bone conduction is an interesting phenomenon related to human body in which the sound conducts through the bones of the skull in the form of vibrations to reach the ear providing a near-perfect hearing experience.

Though it may seem odd, hearing aids which use bone conduction for their functioning can achieve a hearing experience equivalent to hearing directly through the ears.

In Kyocera’s concept, the handset display will make vibrations which will offer the user some sort of audible experience.

So, in short, instead of working with the help of a traditional earpiece, the Kyocera device will generate vibrations which can be perceived by the facial tissues and bones which then create the hearing experience through bone conduction.

Though you may wonder about the need of such an innovation, it can be very helpful in many situations especially in noisy environments.

Since the sound waves conducted through the bone are not intercepted or disturbed by outside noise, the calls will be clearly audible in noise environments.

The technology used by Kyocera is new and differs from that used in other devices using bone conduction.

They have developed a working prototype also. However, as with many innovations, we will have to wait and see if the vibrating devices will make hotcakes in the market.

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