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Old 10-21-08, 04:28 AM
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Bring Back the Bone Fone!

Does anybody remember this gadget? You would drape it around your neck and the sound was transmitted through your collarbones so you could hear music, etc. In the 1970's, you could get it in AM/FM "stereo" and eventually, I think you could get it with a casette.

It was kind of gangly like a neck pillow, but pretty cool. I remember trying one out back in the day and was shocked at how good it sounded. Sadly, I didn't buy one at the time and if I had, my mom would have already sold it years ago in one of her many garage sales.

Anyway... Does anything like this exist today? It seems it would be perfect for bicycling without blocking your ears from hearing traffic.

check this out from 1979:

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Yes, I remember them... Looked it up a few years ago. They never really took off. I'm guessing that if you found the origiator he/she would have a garage or basement full of the things! My brother bought one... but the antenna was very directional so he took it back.
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i had one of those in bright blue... i had to wrap it in a small towel to keep it from getting soaked on my jogging throughout the SF peninsula in the late 70s... i don't recall being that pleased with it, but the choices were rather limited at the time...

now i use one of these on the bike (depending on whether or not i want to talk with other people; with the transceiver i use a small remote spkr/mic; both units easily fit in my stem's bento box):



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This should be a bit more comfortable to wear....

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came out just before walkman arrived, same luck as polariod. Releaced a 90 instant movie setup just before vcr recorders came out
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The SwiMP3 also uses bone conduction. It's designed for swimmers, obviously, but it'd work for biking. I'm pretty sure you can find bone conduction headphones, too, that'll work with any MP3 player
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Originally Posted by mike View Post
Does anybody remember this gadget [Bone Fone]? You would drape it around your neck and the sound was transmitted through your collarbones so you could hear music, etc. In the 1970's, you could get it in AM/FM "stereo" and eventually, I think you could get it with a casette.

Anyway... Does anything like this exist today? It seems it would be perfect for bicycling without blocking your ears from hearing traffic.
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[Bone Fone] came out just before walkman arrived, same luck as polariod. Releaced a 90 instant movie setup just before vcr recorders came out
I had tried them out in the 1980's when they were for sale, and I've been looking to get one of these for years. I also read that the advent of the Walkman trumped the Bone Fone.The closest I came was in an E-mail exchange with someone in Toronto, but I had to come in person to get it. The main reason I wanted one is because I really prefer to listen to audio when I ride (mostly talk shows), and some charity rides prohibit earphones.
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Fone Bone?

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Old 10-21-08, 06:12 PM
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For bone-conduction ear thingies, check these out:

https://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics...io-video/9b1e/
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