InfoComm 2023: Can You Hear Through Your Cheekbones? Bone Conduction is the Latest Innovation in Audio Technology
In the realm of audio technology, bone conduction is reshaping the way we perceive sound. This technology, which allows audio to be transmitted through your cheekbones instead of the traditional ear canal, is at the heart of Shokz’s new bone conduction headset. Shokz attended this year’s InfoComm, where they highlighted the company’s OpenComm2 UC. This headset, despite its wired appearance, is wireless and offers comfort and versatility that is meant to set it apart from traditional communication headsets. As the trend towards remote work continues, products like the OpenComm2 UC that can adapt to changing environments are becoming more sought after. Pro AV Today caught up with Kim Fassetta, an advisor at Shokz, at InfoComm 2023, where she explained more about what makes the Shokz OpenComm2 UC unique.
“Shokz is a bone conduction headset company. We brought the OpenComm2 UC, which is a wireless, even though it has a wire here, it’s a wireless bone conduction headset. Bone conduction allows you to hear audio through your cheekbones, not using your traditional ear canal. So that’s what’s unique about them. They’re much more comfortable to wear and much more versatile than a traditional communication headset. So these are lightweight. Again, they’re wireless, even though there’s wire here. They have a boom mic on the end that allows you to, it sort of cancels out the surrounding noise, but the person on the other end can hear you. And they’re Zoom certified as well. People are really excited about them because they’re a much more comfortable headset to use than any other headset that’s out there. Just unique and different. Bone conduction is something that not a lot of people know about, so they’re interested to learn about that as well. Trends? Well, I mean, I guess people are working everywhere, not just in traditional offices anymore. So they’re looking for products that are versatile and able to kind of change with them. So this is a great fit in that sense.
Article written by Adrienne St. Clair