Sony Concept N
Sony's new Concept N is a listening device that doesn't require you to put anything in or around your ears. The futuristic new device is worn around one's neck, and projects sounds in and around one's head using directional speakers. The new headphones are designed to allow their wearers to listen to music while also being able to hear everything going on around them. This allows users who commute, for example, to hear environmental noise such as car horns, and thus stay safer.
The Concept N device doesn't go on or over the ears at all. Instead, it hangs comfortably around the user's neck with multi-directional drivers aiming up towards the listener, allowing outside sounds to still be audible. Extremely directional speakers direct the sound to the listener's ears while preventing other people from hearing the sound very clearly. In a slightly noisy environment, other people around the listener can't hear what is being played over the device.
Sony's new prototype is great for runners and urban commuters to be able to hear traffic and others around them. They also won't interfere with hats for winter walks, or helmets for summer bike rides, and sweat is a non-issue. They also won't get in the way of your favorite headset. The new device is in the early prototype stage, but it seems likely to be available in the near future. The current version features voice controls and a camera.
The Concept N is an interesting new product development. There are many situations where an ear-free design would be desireable. People who spend a lot of time wearing headsets will surely appreciate this type of product, along with people with an aversion to things covering their ears, or even people with physical problems with their ears. The N will also come with an earpiece for users who might temporarily want to go back to the more traditional way of listening. Sony's new prototypes might make the world a more socially engaged community, where people can talk to each other and listen to their music. Info and photos by Sony.