Aftershokz Headphones, Sound Transmitted Through Cheeks For Safer Cycling

aftershokz earbud headphones vibrate cheekbones

Listening to music while riding is generally a bad idea. But, there are some benefits to music while riding, and with new tech like this it seems a bit safer.

The wraparound sweat and water resistant Aftershokz headphone kit features a “Dual Suspension Bone Conduction System”. Instead of resting in the ear canal, the earbuds touch the face transmitting sounds via vibrations on the cheekbone. This leaves the outer ear canal open to hear traffic and other environmental noises. A usb-rechargeable lithium ion battery pack powers the earbud vibrations and lasts up to 12 hours.

Shown above is the Aftershokz Sportz M2 showcase model. Released in late 2012, they get a smartphone mic, an on/off switch, volume control, and a water resistant carry case. Pricing is $79.99. More images after the break…

Aftershokz Sportz M2 Headphone Complete

Aftershokz Sportz M2 Headphone On Off Volume Control

Aftershokz Sportz M2 Headphone Rear

Available in a couple styles, with and without smartphone mics, pricing ranges from $49-$79. Check out the full collection and additional tech specs here.

 

Comments

Tim - 02/05/13 - 11:55pm

Will these work with sunglasses too?

Daniel - 02/06/13 - 12:01am

I had tried to purchase a set of these last year from their website. I never got them. However the headphones themselves got shipped just about everywhere in the US. They did refund my money though.

bikaholic - 02/06/13 - 1:03am

Even if the ear canal remains open, our brain will still not be 100% concentrated on the road. It’s similar to those studies about cell phone usage and blood alcohol levels.

http://www.mikelewisattorneys.com/cell-phone-while-driving-equals-008-blood-alcohol-level.html

Riding your bike while distracting your brain is simply stupid.

Surly Shawn - 02/06/13 - 1:24am

Through the cheeks? Weird.

I regularly wear headphones when I commute, but I keep them low enough to hear traffic. The only times I don’t wear headphones is when I am on a trail or riding with a group of friends. Since I have a badass, new phone, I paired it with some bluetooth wireless headphones and no more fumbling in my pockets for controls. I can even make and take calls while I am riding, if needed. I ride safe at all times.

Splunk - 02/06/13 - 2:13am

I wear earphones and but only in 1 ear so i can hear traffic.

carl - 02/06/13 - 9:05am

Long story short. My son is riding to work on the bike path when an ear bud wearing jogger steps out in front of him. HE hits a light pole trying to avoid hitting her and breaks his orbital socket and SHE just keeps right on going, totally oblivious.

Uhmmm, Surley Shawn? I sure hope all of that is tongue in cheek.

Jenny - 02/06/13 - 9:23am

Wearing headphones while riding is not safe at all. Why do you think it’s safe when you can’t hear what is going on around you?

Iowa-biker - 02/06/13 - 11:05am

While I like the premise of how these work, I’d be concerned about compatibility with eyewear and helmet straps. I’ll give up music on the bike long before giving up eye protection.

WARFAB - 02/06/13 - 11:12am

I got a pair of Aftershokz as a Christmas gift. I’m not a winter rider so I haven’t checked helmet compatibility yet, but they do work fine with glasses.

Steve - 02/06/13 - 11:42am

O-tus Safe Sounds.

Surly Shawn - 02/06/13 - 12:58pm

@Carl – no it is not. The only thing ‘tongue in cheek’ is my nickname. And even then, only partially so.

I’m sorry about what happened to your son. Being safe is something ALL of us need to practice. Not just for ourselves, but for others.

Surly Shawn - 02/06/13 - 1:00pm

Oops. I guess my ‘phone calls’ statement is in jest. I don’t like talking to people period, especially when riding. But if it is an emergency/important call….

Psycho Mike - 02/06/13 - 10:18pm

Steve’s got it… Safe Sounds is what I use and there are no compatability issues with glasses or helmet straps.

Bikaholic…let me know how your campaign to get stereos removed from cars goes ;) There are ways to have the background noise you want (vs. the monotony of road noise) without it being dangerous. The problem happens when people are listening to the music first and to the point where their walking, running, riding or driving is compromised. I ride first and listen to the music off the bike…but it doesn’t preclude me from having my choice of background noise that can help me hold a higher cadence on a long ride.

Mark Ifi - 02/06/13 - 10:59pm

you might want to check out what panasonic is doing with bone conduction, they had an announcement at ces.

bikaholic - 02/07/13 - 2:05am

@Psycho Mike

Road noise and engine noise is music to my ears :D There’s no better music in the car than a motor revving up :p

When I ride my bike I like to enjoy the silence. I even don’t like noisy freehubs.

On the other hand, I have a 500W RMS audio system at home and I enjoy music and only music where I like it most, but my neighbors complain :p.

Paul Rivers - 02/12/13 - 2:59pm

What I wonder is – do these actually work? Do they actually work decently?

I used to worry about not being able to hear things on my bike, but time after time I’ve found that I’m almost the riskiest when I *think* I can hear stuff. I’ve had cars pass me that I didn’t know where there, other bikers, etc etc. For safety reasons, I end up riding like I can’t hear anyways – always looking behind before changing lanes, always looking before doing anything. Might as well be listening to music…

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