Wireless Doesn't Necessarily Mean Traveling Through The Air; How About Your Body Instead?

from the shake-my-hand-to-hear-this-song dept

Two and a half years ago, we wrote about Microsoft’s attempt to patent the use of the human body as a conductive material for transmitting data and power. We’ve heard of a few other attempts to do similar things as well, and now the New Scientist blog points to some of Sony’s researchers who are trying to patent a way to use the body as a way to transmit music from a music device to a set of headphones. The idea is that you do away with the pesky wire (so last century), but also avoid having to use any wireless system that involves transmitting data through the air as well. Those create possibilities for interference with other, similar devices, and also run the risk of security problems as well. However, if the data is transmitted directly through your body, you avoid many of those problems. Of course, if they can get this to work, why bother with headphones at all? Why not then work on transmitting the sound in a way that your brain can tap directly into it? Quick, someone file the patent application…


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shane.... says:

Re: Re:

I locate underground utilities, we use a radio transmitter on 8kHz to 65 kHz range and i know that if i touch a lead to one finger and another to the wire i’m locating it will tone down, not as well as a direct hookup, but enough to send the signal down the wire for a few hundred feet compared to 500 or 1000 ft if i had a direct hookup. the radio transmitter only uses 8 d batteries. Your body naturally conducts electric. much like water… it could work.
If you wana try a way at home… get a portable radio or boombox with an antenna and touch it with bare fingers, you will amplify the recieved signal a bit…. a lot like tv rabbit ears. It’s definatly feasable if not applicable.

DV Henkel-Wallace says:

"directly to the brain"

Your brain pretty much _can_ “tap directly into” audio. It’s just a mechanical vibration of some bones (and thence some hairs). So why not just push the audio into the bones directly?

You can experience this just by putting the flat part of your headphones against your skull. Why not at your spine at the base of the neck?

mhh5 says:

direct to brain transfer -- Patented.

why bother with headphones at all? Why not then work on transmitting the sound in a way that your brain can tap directly into it? Quick, someone file the patent application…

http://www.musicgizmos.com/archives/audio_bone_bone_conduction_headphones.php

The bone conduction head phone ”Audio Bone” from Pegasus corporation Japan will available in 2 colors- Black (GDB-01) and white (GDB-02).The bone conduction technology sends vibrations through the skull straight into the brain for perfect, pure sound.

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