Cynaps wants to be your next Bluetooth-enabled, bone conduction headset

Let’s face it. Hats are powerful but often pointless fashion statements. At best, they help to keep the cold and the heat from your precious cranium. Fortunately for those looking to make their headwear more useful, there’s a little something called the Cynaps (funding through February 2).

Described as the world’s first Bluetooth-enabled, bone conduction headset, the Cynaps sounds almost too good to be true. With this snazzy device, users will be able to enjoy music without headphones, circumnavigate the pain associated with having a Bluetooth headset attached to their ears, and avoid any loss of hearing that may be sustained because of either. As an added bonus, the Cynaps plans an impressive battery life: Standby time of 30 day with six to 10 hours of talk time. Best of all? Bone conduction, which has been used for years in hearing aid technology, might actually be capable of improving your listening pleasure.

At press time, the Indiegogo project was roughly three-quarters of the way to its $20,000 goal. For those wanting to acquire a Cynaps of their own, there are several possibilities. If you pledge $50, you’ll get a DIY Cynaps kit of your own. Starting at $60, you can get a hat with Cynaps pre-installed. The company, Max Virtual, hopes to start shipping in February, and promises prices will be higher once the product comes to market (in others words, order now).

Confidence level

The technology that the Cynaps is based on has been around for ages. Bone conduction has proven its worth in the field of hearing aids and, well, Bluetooth headsets have been around for quite a while too. Unless something goes terribly go wrong, chances are we’ll be able to see the Cynaps sometime soon. (It also helps that the company made an appearance at CES, something that says a lot about the tangibility of the product.)

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