With many road users suggesting that wearing headphones while riding a bike should be outlawed, the suggestion of listening to music while riding is a controversial one. While at the recent Wearable Technology show in London we came across some new headphones from Damson, which may make riding whilst listening to music safer.
The concern is that when wearing in-ear headphones, you are severely diminishing your sense of hearing, subsequently endangering yourself and others through not being able to hear vehicles or other hazards. Damson headphones, or ‘Headbones’ to give them their proper name work in an ingenious way to solve this problem.
Rather than using speakers, the sound is transmitted through your cheekbones. They send micro vibrations to the inner ear, which are heard as sound. This means you can still hear surrounding noise, as your ears are not blocked. Furthermore they are sociable, as the sound is only audible to the wearer, potentially meaning an end to louts with irritatingly loud headphones on public transport.
The Headbones can also take phone calls, working as a handsfree kit, feature 6-20 hours of battery life, feature a line in and line out, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. We will be doing a full review of the product, but our initial impression is good. The sound is impressive with a deep bass response, although there is a slight tingling sensation when using them. Damson told us that you do not notice the tingling after a few uses.
We previously reported on a BBC poll that found 90% of people would want a ban on riding with headphones, while one in six admitted to doing it. What ever your stance, if this could make cycling while listening to music safer, it can only be a good thing. So what do you think? Would you wear these while riding? Let us know in the comments below.
For more information, head over to Damson.