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27 Responses to “Bone conduction MP3 player in a grill”

  1. chellberty says:

    “issue ’em to the Secret Service instead of those goofy corkscrew earpieces.” Wouldn’t that make it harder for them to shout “GET DOWN!!!! “?

  2. noah django says:

    it was my understanding that “fronts” are removable and “grills” are permanent, but memory is not the best.  before Cash Money Click popularized diamond dental-work,  “grill” just meant “face;” and still does, depending on context.  one may have one’s original teeth and be correct in saying “this asshole was all up in my grill,” but I have digressed.

  3. EH says:


  4. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    Its wrong to glue these into those morons who drive around with their thumpa thumpa music shaking the neighborhood, set to playback polkas right?

  5. In John Shirley’s SF novel “Eclipse”, from 1985, he wrote about a genre called “bone music”.  Fans of bone music used skull implants to listen to it properly.

  6. sburns54 says:

    WHY? Only thing stupider would be if they made an anal suppository that transmitted music. Actually, that would be more apt for anyone that wanted this thing.

    • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

      So your unfamiliar with those items you hook up to your iThingy or smartphone meant for insertion…

      • sburns54 says:

         Thankfully, as a true Luddite, I have no smart phones so I have managed to remain mercifully shielded from such information. My dumb phone is quite small, though; I suppose insertion isn’t out of the question for those interested. Something I never even would have thought of before this article.

        • Funk Daddy says:

          I’m pretty sure the description of True Luddite cannot refer to oneself on the internet, unless you are here to unleash a crippling malware on us all that will cause our devices to explode in our pants. I’m on a laptop, I almost never put it in my pants.

          • sburns54 says:

             I’m not an orthodox Luddite; I’m a reform Luddite. We’re allowed to use computers and the internet in a simplistic way, as long as we don’t really understand it or know what we’re doing.

          • Funk Daddy says:

            holy crap I’m a reform Luddite too. This shit is magic ya know! :)

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

       The thought of putting anything electric right up against my teeth doesn’t seem like a good idea.

  7. moontoad says:

     Bone conduction hearing aids have been around for many many years.  It would have made more sense to hook up an MP3 player to a bone conduction hearing aid.

  8. Robert Cruickshank says:

     This is great. I’d love to see a self-contained version without the mouth-wire.The tongue controlled switch also makes this a good piece of adaptive tech for those without the use of their hands.  Also, those of a certain age might remember the Bone Fone, a pre-walkman bone-conduction personal stereo that hung around your neck like a scarf, and conducted into your clavicles. It was a very odd sensation.

    • Adrienne Evans Fernandez says:

       Right? Forget the hip hop angle, this would be a perfect way to listen to music while I swim (and those waterproof MP3 players are hit or miss at best.)

  9. RJ says:

    Because the people who wear grills don’t enunciate poorly enough as it is. They need to try to speak with an MP3 player stuck to the roof of their mouth.

  10. Looks awful but probably sounds neat. You can hear an unamplified electric guitar a similar way (i.e by biting it). 

  11. allium says:

    I don’t trust electronics that can accidentally be swallowed.

  12. BookGuy says:

    And anyone, anywhere who had to wear a retainer as a child (myself included) says, “Um…no.”  But enjoy the opportunity to drool on yourself AND your mp3 player.

  13. Deidzoeb says:

    Classic joke needs revision: Jazz isn’t dead, it just smells like it. And tastes like it!

  14. oswarez says:

    Would these work for deaf people. Would they be able to “hear” and recognize sound waves through their bones?

    • Nicholas Laux says:

      Depends on the person and their cause of deafness. If they didn’t have cochlear damage or other developmental issues* which was the source of their deafness, then most likely yes (though as mentioned above, bone-conducting hearing aids already exist and those who would choose to use them already can, including for music). For others, no, because the part of the ear that translates air vibrations (the cochlea or other neural pathways between that and the brain) is damaged or missing* and thus bone conductivity still would not stimulate those organs and be translated into auditory experiences.

      *(The use of medically descriptive terminology is not intended to indicate superiority of being Hearing/Deaf, and is merely used to be as descriptive as possible.)