Bone conduction audio has become increasingly common in high-end headsets today, but typically such acoustical products take the form of just that – headsets. Max Virtual’s new Cynaps headset, on the other hand, takes the form of a baseball hat.
Available in numerous fabrics and colors, the Cynaps headset is what the company calls “the world’s first Bluetooth enabled, bone conduction headset, discreetly installed into an easy to wear hat.” No earphones are required with the device. Rather, users need only wear the hat, and the sound from their phone or PC is conducted directly into their inner ear through vibration. “You can listen to music or have a phone or Skype (for PC & Mac) conversation, even while doing an activity that requires your ears, eyes and hands to be available,” Delaware-based Max Virtual explains. The Cynaps connects with all Bluetooth devices, and controls are located in the bill, allowing wearers to take a call, play the current song, adjust volume or navigate their playlist. Standby time is around 30 days, and the average talk time is between 6 and 10 hours. Pricing starts at USD 69, with worldwide shipping. The video below demonstrates the cap in action:
It’s reported that Google Glass will likely use bone conduction technology as well, and numerous other products are sure to follow. Time to throw your weight behind the hat version?