We have seen how bone conduction in the range of Aliph Jawbone headsets in the past worked, and so far reports on it have proved to be nothing but positive, although the size of your average Aliph Jawbone (at least for the first generation models) is larger than normal. Kyocera might be taking things another step further by testing out bone conduction audio technology for handsets, which might be integrated into future smartphones. Instead of using a standard earpiece, the display itself is capable of vibrating in order to create sound waves. As a result, your ears are treated to an experience which can be perceived with your facial tissues and bones. This method is said to be able to dramatically improve perceived audio quality even when you are in the vicinity of a noisy environment.
It is interesting to note that bone conduction technology was originally developed to help those with hearing difficulty, and Kyocera is not first in line to have showed off such an implementation within a mobile phone, the technology can be said to be Kyocera’s very own. Engadget’s time with it yielded nothing but purrs and positive notes, and they mentioned that the vibrations are not jarring at all, so you need not worry about your ear feeling all ticklish and fuzzy once you are done with a particularly lengthy conversation.
Next Story: R2-D2 Dark Roast Edition