Ditch the speakers with surface sound headphones

The Sound Band wireless headset delivers sound through a vibrating band that sits on your outer ear. It leaves your ears free to pick up ambient noise while you groove to your favorite tunes.

Sound Band
Sound Band works with a fob that sits on the back of your neck. Hybra Advance Technology

What if you could listen to music on a headset without putting anything into or over your ear canal?

It sounds counter-intuitive, but here's a concept that frees your ears to pick up ambient noise while you groove to your favorite tunes.

Sound Band is a wireless headset that does away with speakers and delivers surface sound through a vibrating band that sits on the back of your ear.

I can think of many reasons why I'd like to ditch my earbuds (tangled wires is the biggest), and Sound Band promises clear sound without the hassle of putting something in your ear and taking it out, over and over again.

The emitters are hooked onto the back of the ear and join together in a fob at the back of the neck that has buttons to adjust volume or answer a phone call via smartphone Bluetooth link.

The headset produces sound in a range of 86Hz to 20,000Hz and has a bass booster. Check out the vid below showing how surface sound works.

With over $400,000 pledged, there's considerable interest in Sound Band. A stretch goal that was met means it will be also available as a wired headset, saving battery power, via a 3.5-mm jack.

Sound Band would have a retail value of $189 when launched, but it's still being offered for $135. Check out backing details here.

Do you prefer shutting out external sounds while listening to music? Would you walk around wearing one of these?

 

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