Panasonic unveils bone-conduction TV headphones

The headphones connect to a TV via Bluetooth and work like hearing aids by transmitting sound waves through the skull.

LAS VEGAS — TV viewers who don't want to disturb sleeping family members may benefit from a new product from Panasonic that doesn't require speakers or even ears: wireless bone-conduction headphones.

The headphones connect to a TV via wireless Bluetooth technology and attach to the listener's head like a normal set of headphones. But instead of projecting sound through the ears, the headphones work like hearing aids,transmitting sound waves through the your skull.

They are one of several innovations Panasonic unveiled at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It The company also showed off a new user interface for its "Smart Viera" TVs, featuring a TV-mounted camera that recognizes the user and sets viewing preferences accordingly.

The Japanese electronics maker also showed off an easy way to send YouTube videos from a smartphone to the TV.

 

 

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