Sometimes when I’m driving or sitting in the car for an extended period of time, I like to listen to audio books. The problem is that I hate using in-ear headphones because they always seem to amplify the sound of the cables moving around more than the book I’m listening to. I also don’t care for over the ear headphones because they get hot and uncomfortable after a while.
If you have similar feelings about headphones, the Cynaps Bluetooth bone conduction headset that’s built into a rather normal looking baseball hat might be just the ticket for you. The Bluetooth connectivity means you need no wires between the smartphone or tablet and the hat to listen to your music. The bone conduction technology means you also don’t need to wear any sort of earphones.
The bone conduction technology takes sound from your phone or even your computer directly to your inner ear using vibration. I have to wonder what kind of sound quality the system will provide. The technology inside the hat uses a rechargeable battery promising up to 30 days on standby and 6 to 10 hours of use per charge.
It had also has an integrated microphone allowing you to make phone calls. The battery is swappable on the go for extra runtime. The controls are under the bill of the hat. One press under the bill to answer a call or play a song, and there are also controls for volume and navigating your play list. The project is on Indiegogo right now and a pledge of $60 will get you a hat with all the hardware preinstalled. A pledge of $50 will get you the hardware to install in your favorite hat. Right now, the project has no backers and hopes to raise $20,000 with 30 days to go.