Kyocera demos its audio-boosting technology
To demonstrate its new hard-tissue conduction audio technology, Kyocera equipped a reference device, not meant to be sold in any retailer, with a ceramic transducer.
One fewer opening to design
The transducer transmits sounds through the cartilage and tissue in your ear, and does not require an output speaker. Hence, this handset doesn't have one.
Testing it all out
While listening to a TED lecture, the voices I heard, according to Kyocera, were bypassing my eardrum to become vibrations in my inner ear. This helped lower surrounding ambient noise.
Holding it loud and clear
During my demo with Kyocera's hard-tissue audio technology, I was able to hear the sounds coming out of the device very clearly as I pressed it against noise-canceling headphones.