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Posted: Jan 14th, 2013
Cynaps: Bluetooth, bone conduction headset in a baseball cap (w/video)
(Nanowerk News) Cynaps (derived from 'synapse') is the world's first bluetooth enabled, bone conduction headset, discreetly installed into an easy to wear hat.
No earphones are required. Just wear your hat, and the sound from your phone or PC is conducted directly into your inner ear through vibration. You can listen to music or have a phone or Skype (for PC and Mac) conversation, even while doing an activity that requires your ears, eyes and hands to be available.
Driving and biking are perfect examples. Normal bluetooth earpieces cover your ear, and you lose your ability to hear exactly where other cars may be around you. Cynaps lets you keep this crucial ability, while enabling you to discreetly take a call, anytime, anywhere, keeping you safe and giving you back all of your senses! Also, it's not putting pressure on your eardrums like conventional headsets or handsets do, so you won't get the headaches, earaches and arm-aches you normally get after a few hours of holding and talking on a handheld phone. You can talk for much longer with Cynaps without getting tired. And you can freely do whatever you want, at the same time.
The battery life of Cynaps is amazing. Standby time is around 30 days, and the average talk time is between 6 and 10 hours. This wide range depends mostly on the volume setting and how frequently the audio part is used. The microphone uses up almost none of the battery life, while the audio (vibration) accounts for almost all of it, so listening to very loud music on full volume can use up the battery in just a couple of hours. Most people will be able to talk comfortably on medium volume for about 7-8 hours between recharges. Most people can charge it once a day, but if you practically live on the phone or want to turn the volume up extra loud, it's worthwhile to have an extra Cynaps and battery backup on hand, just in case.
The controls are super easy. Just press the bill to take a call or play the current song on your phone or PC. Also control the volume level and navigate your playlist, all from the simple control buttons under the bill.
Cynaps can connect to any bluetooth enabled phone, PC or audio player. Pairing is as easy as pressing a button to make Cynaps discoverable, then selecting Cynaps on your phone or PC.
Bone conduction has been used for years in hearing aid technology. One very cool advantage of Cynaps is that many people who cannot hear well enough to talk on the phone now have a good chance of hearing clearly on a phone or being able to listen to some good music!