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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

be healed!
Ever wanted to transmit sound waves through your skull bones? Say hello to the new bone phone, from Japan:

The new phone is equipped with a "Sonic Speaker" which transmits sounds through vibrations that move from the skull to the cochlea in the inner ear, instead of relying on the usual method of sound hitting the outer eardrum.

With the new handset, the key to better hearing in a noisy situation is to plug your ears to prevent outside noise from drowning out bone-conducted sounds.

Question: If you're holding the phone up against your head with one hand, how are you supposed to plug up both ears? Do you need to wear earphones to use this fool thing? Or have a friend at hand to stick fingers into your ears?

I can't wait to see one of these hit the streets of St. Petersburg/Tampa. Imagine seeing someone walking along, with his/her phone pressed against forehead, chatting away... First instinct would be that they're deranged.