May, 08 2012

Originally designed for smartphone users who are hard of hearing, Kyocera showed off their new “bone conduction” technology at CTIA and it could make a traditional speaker earpiece obsolete. This new tech was shown off in a Kyocera demo unit and essentially uses a vibrating display to rattle the skin and bones of its user, creating perceived audible sound waves. This new tech is especially useful when a user is in a noisy environment, like a concert or event, where a regular earpiece just wouldn’t cut it.

I know, it sounds weird but apparently it works well enough for Kyocera to green light the tech in future devices, though, no word on when we can expect those. New technology isn’t exactly new territory for Kyocera. You may remember that it was only last year the company released the world’s first dual-screened Android phone, that, although great in theory, wasn’t exactly well received from consumers or developers.

What do you guys think? Supposedly, the results are impressive for those that have tried it, although, I think OEM’s and carriers should keep the focus on HD voice to improve audio quality in devices than just good vibrations.

[Via TechPounce | Engadget]

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