Bone conduction technology has been around for quite a while, although it hasn’t gained much traction in the tech world. Google recently filed with FCC for Google Glasses. A detailed look into the filing reveals that Google has also mentioned bone conduction technology in it, which shows that the company has plans of implementing the technology in its smart glasses.
Bone conduction technology is a unique mode of sound transmission. It does not rely on earbuds or headphones, like the regular audio gear does. Rather, it sends vibrations through bones near the ears of the users so that the vibrations are deciphered as regular audio by the human body.
In the FCC filing for Google Glasses, the search giant mentions an ‘integral vibrating element that provides audio to the user via contact with the user’s head.’ This evidently shows that Google may be considering implementation of bone conduction technology in its upcoming smart glasses.
In a way, that would certainly make sense. Google Glasses are nifty and compact and using an earbuds or conventional audio accessories with it would look rather odd. If it includes bone conduction technology, however, Google will be able to keep it lean and at the same time, offer high-quality audio to the users.
The glasses are expected to arrive during the first half of 2013 for a price of $1500. That is certainly steep, and these will be available only to the developers for now.