BatBand – Bone Conducting Headphones

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Recently I discovered another Kickstarter project and I gotta say it’s a pretty interesting one.

Batband. An ear free headphone using an innovative bone conducting system to deliver the sound directly into your head. This kind of technology frees up the outer ears so people can still clearly hear environmental sounds in their surroundings.

How does it work?

So how does this bone conducting system works?  Let me show you using the graphic below.

Bone Conducting Technology

By using 3 transducers, two on the sides and one on the back, sound vibrations are sent into your head. They are transported through your bones straight into the inner ears. Instead of using the classic method of using your outer ears.

Features

So what features does the BatBand have? Let’s see…

There is an incorporated microphone so you can make phone calls. It has touch sensors to easily control music functions and also call functions. The picture below is straight from their Kickstart page.

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The BatBand has a frequency response between 300-19000 Hz, which for a lifestyle headphone is perfectly acceptable. The batteries should provide 6 hours of music playback or 8 hours of conversation. The BatBand is rechargeable through a micro-USB connection. For wearing comfort, the Batband is equipped with soft padding on the inside.

Music Quality

Honestly, I have no idea how it would sound. I was unable to find any useable info to give any comments on the possible sound quality. But considering this is a lifestyle headphone, it is safe to say it will not have audiophile sound quality onboard. Which is not necessary, since you’ll mostly be using this while doing other activities.

Current Status & Stretch Goals

The Kickstarter project runs until Wednesday 28 October and has already surpassed their initial goal of $150,000. Currently, they are at $455,732 and have 2 stretch goals.

#1 Closing in at $500,000 is a case for the BatBand.

#2 At $1,000,000 is an app.

Not sure what to think of this.  As for the BatBand itself, they want $150k and just to provide a case they need $350k extra…  Also $500k extra for an app?

Anyway, checking out their roadmap, they still have more than six months to go before launching the final product.

batband_schedule

Conclusion

I’ve personally not heard any bone conducting headphones before. It’s out there, but still not really mainstream. But I do think it’s gonna be more popular in the coming years, so it’s interesting to see how the developments are going to evolve.

What about you guys. Have you got experience with bone-conducting headphones? If yes, how do they sound? Do they completely replace conventional headphones? Let me know in the comments below!

UPDATE – Campaign has ended

Batband Goal

UPDATE 2 – Stretch Goals

It seems they adjusted their stretch goals:

$750,000 for the app, which they have reached.

$1,000,000 for a second choice for the outer frame color. Didn’t reach that, but who knows they eventually can provide this choice.

11 thoughts on “BatBand – Bone Conducting Headphones”

  1. This was a truly fascinating post, Jurgen.

    I had was not aware that it was possible for to hear something through bone vibrations before reading this. The human body is amazing.

    I do wonder how the sound quality would be. I am guessing it would be sort of quiet? Since one of the main selling points seems to be that you can still hear conversations going on around you.

    I had no idea that technology like this was out there. Thank you for posting this!

    1. Yeah, it’s fascinating technology. Volume is just like any other headphone. The fact you can still hear conversations around you is of course because your ears are free 🙂

  2. Wow this is pretty amazing. I am actually consider buying this for work. The reason being is that it frees up my ears and I can still here what is going on around me. I just hope they allow it. We can listen to music but only with one ear and not on super high volume this is perfect somebody who wants to be aware. I also like the diagram on how it works and me seeing that I wish I could test it out for myself before actually buying to get a feel for it.

  3. This looks like an entirely different experience than regular headphones.Do you know if these are lightweight? Do tunes come at a respectable volume? I believe that music will sound a bit different with this type of technology.There seems to be plenty of benefits of using this bone conducting headphones, but I would like the answer to the questions above first.

    1. Hey Juan, I have no idea how much they weight. Can’t seem to find any info on that. I’m more or less sure that they provide a decent volume since they are don’t require much power to drive. There’s even a built-in amplifier. No idea how they sound. But I know of a guy who has a similar headphone (from another company) and it appears to sound pretty normal.

  4. Sounds pretty interesting. I haven’t heard of this sort of headphones before. Like you say, I wonder exactly what the quality of the sound would be like and I imagine the experience would take some getting used to.

    There is also the questions of what they look like. They are very different to anything else on the market which can be a good USP but can also put some people off who don’t want to stand out from the crowd. In a few years time technology such as this may be common and fashionable, but right now I would have concerns.

    Mark

    1. Hey Mark, yeah they certainly require getting used to. About sound quality, although I personally have no experience with this kind of technology, I know from other people that the sound quality is actually good (from another bone conducting headphone). There are also speakers that work by the same principle, but they provide a different sound signature depending on which underground you put them. Makes is fun and interesting 🙂

  5. Hey

    Great post by the way, i do like the way you write it is easy for me to understand. you seem to know a great deal anyway.

    It defo looks good and very futuristic I can see why backers would back it, but considering the average kickstarter program is about 50,000 I think this is unreasonable price to ask. An app dose not cost 500k to build and who ever is asking that much shouldn’t be in business.

    Thank you for sharing this with us, i do appreciate it, I have learned some valuable lessons and no doubt others have to.

    Thank you

    ~Jack

    1. Hey Jack, thanks for your comments on this. Yeah, I don’t really understand the prices behind those stretch goals, but I’m curious how they will develop it further. However, I don’t think they’re gonna get to 1 million before the deadline so…

  6. Thanks for sharing. That was quite interesting. A few months ago I went to the audiologist to get my hearing checked. For one test, I was not wearing earphones. They put a gadget on the back of my ear. I guess it was placed on the bone behind my ear. You have now inspired me to read up on this technology.

    1. Hi Dianna! Bone conducting technology actually comes from the medical and military world. The developers of BatBand did some tests on people with hearing problems, but the results were mixed, depending on how severe the damage to the inner ear was.

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