The ultimate mission of cellular data has always been to be on par with Wi-Fi. 4G has come close in many ways, but let’s be honest; we know there are things we can do at home on our computers or tablets that we cannot do on our cell phones. When we are at home, we think nothing of streaming.
Depending on your internet provider and plan, if you have modern Wi-Fi, you may have no data allowance or cap, so some can go to town and binge as many Netflix shows as we like.
However, this abundance of data has not yet crossed over into our mobile lives. Many of us are on data plans, and it is always possible to use up all of our data before we know it. Streaming through our phones is one way we risk doing this, which is why most people are still relatively conservative in their mobile streaming habits, but this is becoming harder to do.
Before the holidays, we wrote a blog post called “How Can You Hear Something That’s Not In Your Ear?” The blog's title was inspired by my father-in-law asking me that very same question while we were on a family holiday. As a prolific writer and self-confessed workaholic, I was busy writing my latest article while listening to the Killer's latest album through my Bone Conduction headphones.
Due to Bone Conduction headphones sending the music directly into my inner ear, I was able to enjoy it while I concentrated on my work, but without shutting out my surroundings. I was on a family vacation; after all, one which included dogs and small children all running around together.
It was sensible to keep an eye (and both ears) on them just in case I was needed to do a spot of parenting. Fortunately for me, my Bone Conduction headphones allow this due to their design. Other headphones may have blocked out the sound entirely.
I live in remote Alaska where there is barley 3G and don’t see us getting to 4G, let alone 5G anytime soon. For most of my life, I lived in a large city with cutting edge technology and the benefits of living with 4G.
The 5G promise is very exciting for many reasons we list below but do we need a 5G Phone in rural Alaska? The answer is no because there is no connection and if you live in a rural area the answer is more than likely the same for you.
Nome Alaska is 143 miles from the Arctic Circle and you can see Russia on a clear day from Wales which is in the Nome census area and Nort of Nome. If you measure on Google Maps Lavrentiya Russia is 179 miles from Nome Alaska.
Being able to charge your phone whenever you need to can also be a timesaver. There are few things as frustrating as losing charge on your phone while you’re talking to a business connection or trying to find your way to a new store.
For frequent travelers, it also can be difficult to have easy access to a reliable, safe charger. While many public places like airports often have a public charging station, you might want to think twice before using it. Experts warn that public charging stations can also be a way for hackers to upload a virus to your phone.
We have written extensively about the History of Bone Conduction Headphone Technology, paying particular attention to certain aspects and how each has shaped and formed the Bone Conduction Headphones we now enjoy.
This article is about the more recent history in the last 150 years and the progression of the inventors and the design through the 1930s and getting us closer to the Bone Conduction Headphones we wear today.
The absolute joy of writing these articles is the discovery process with the research and seeing the ripple effect in the technology and the players.
From Bell Laboratories, Sonotone to Sennheiser, Microsoft and the U.S. Navy to Zenith Radio, they are all here lurking in the background because they have utilized, cited, or studied these inventions for themselves. For many of us, History is a blast!!
How Safe Is It For Adults and Kids To Wear Earbuds, Airpods, and Headphones
That said, how safe is it really for adults and your children to wear Earbuds, Airpods, and Headphones? Is our headphone use contributing to noise-induced hearing loss, even among our children?
Experts do agree that listening to any listening device too loudly and for too long can damage your or your child’s hearing. Unfortunately, noise-induced hearing loss can’t be regained. Furthermore, hearing loss can impact a person’s social and educational development as well as negatively affect their employment. In young children, hearing loss can even hinder language development.
Bone Conduction Headphones and Audio Books
We’re unsure about why Bone Conduction makes the sound feel so rich and satisfying, perhaps it’s something we need to research and write another blog about. Watch this space. One example of it was when listening to audiobooks or relaxation tracks through Bone Conduction headphones.
Somehow the sound feels closer and seems to permeate our minds in a way hearing sound in a traditional way doesn’t achieve. Perhaps this is why? Whatever the case may be, this is the difference between Bone Conduction headphones and normal headphones. Although I gave my fellow treadmiller the abridged version.
Do not use the following cleaning tools on your smartphone:
Over the centuries the legendary composer’s Bone Conduction method has been replicated by numerous different companies, inventors and institutions. One inventor would create a bone conduction telephone headset that would eventually go on to inspire the armed forces to adopt the technology for their own communication devices.
As we know as well as anyone the music industry, more specifically those who design devices to listen to music or spoken audio, have also made use of this technology. Offering a unique alternative to traditional headphones with Bone Conduction Headphones, something we’ll come back to shortly. But there’s another industry that is synonymous with Bone Conduction technology, one where a desire to improve the lives of others took priority over profit.
The risk is that the USB connection that you use to charge your phone can also be used to transmit data. The concern is that a hacker could use the USB ports to transmit viruses to your phone. The truth is that, yes, a virus or other program could be uploaded onto your phone while you’re using a public charging station, and you would not know it was happening. Additionally, hackers could access your data through the USB port connection.
That said, newer phones have some protections against this possibility. Both iPhone and Android typically ask for your permission before sharing data or information. On an Android phone, you’d have to enable transferring files over that connection; your iPhone will prompt you to “Trust This Computer” when you’ve plugged into a device that is trying to gain access to your phone. If you don’t give these permissions, then your phone will charge but won’t accept the data.
First 20th-Century Patent for Bone Conduction With an Electro-Magnetic Coil
1932 was a busy year for Bone Conduction Devices. The first 20th-century patent we found on Bone Conduction devices and long before Google Glasses was a Spectacle Frame Glasses Telephonic Device For Assisting Or Enabling Partially Deaf Persons To Hear Filed March 1, 1932, by William G G Benway below.
“If sound vibrations can be made to act on the auditory nerve or the internal ear parts in such cases, hearing is possible or is reestablished. Accordingly, I have found that when a vibrating member is placed and held in contact by means of a spectacle frame with one or more bones of the head such as the mastoid temporal bone or the nasal bone, i. e., with the skin over said bones, the vibrations will be effectively transmitted or conducted through the bones of the head to the auditory nerve or internal ear, and hearing is established.”
iPhones Are Not Waterproof, But Newer Models Do Have Some Level of Water Resistance
Smartphone technology is not fully able to waterproof your phone. Ideally, you’ll want to make sure that your device stays dry and isn’t exposed to water or other liquids as much as possible.
That said, you don’t need to panic if water spills on your iPhone or you get caught in the rain, as long as you’re using an iPhone 7 or newer model. Your smartphone’s built-in water resistance typically can handle these accidental water exposures under normal circumstances, and if your phone is in good condition.
However, if you need more waterproof protection, consider buying a waterproof smartphone accessory to provide additional protection against water or other liquids.
If so, you’re not alone.
According to a survey by Adobe, people reported spending at least five hours a day checking email. During that time, about three hours were for checking work email, and two hours were for personal email. It can get to the point where you daydream about having a personal assistant dedicated to managing your inbox.
But, how do you balance the benefits of email, especially on your smartphone, without it taking over your schedule?
Favorite Locations To Use My Bone Conduction Headphones
I’ve touched on my favorite locations to use my Bone Conduction headphones before in earlier blogs, but I thought it may be interesting to examine each of these and why my Bone Conduction headphones have become my number one set there. There are also some new additions and some places where I’ve decided not to use them, and I’ll explain why.
We carry our smartphones with us everywhere. We’re constantly pulling out our phones to check the weather, texts, emails, or get directions. We also use them to keep up with the news or what our family and friends are doing.
All this use, however, can lead to wear and tear on our phones causing slower performance over time, regardless of whether it’s an iPhone, Samsung, or other cell phone brand. Like any electronic device, it’s important to care for our phones regularly. Yet, many of us don’t realize there are maintenance tasks we should do to keep our phones running in top condition other than to not drop it or get it wet.
Fortunately, there are techniques to keep your smartphone running smoothly, even as it ages. This can be especially helpful for families who must have multiple phones and need those phones to last as long as possible.
Depending on your lifestyle, you may need to access specific items frequently or only need a few essentials. If you’re a commuter, you need to have easy access to a metro or train card. College students often only need their phones and school ID card. As a mom-on-the-go, you’ll need quick and easy access to your essentials, like your phone for taking spontaneous pictures and credit cards to buy the groceries while distracting your toddler from the candy in the checkout aisle.
Fortunately, a smartphone wallet case may provide you with a streamlined way to carry all your essentials, whether you’re a commuter, business person, mom, or simply wanting to consolidate everything you’re carrying.
It’s rare to see an adult without a smartphone in their hands these days. These handy devices are with us from the moment we get up until we go to bed. Our phones wake us up, remind us of appointments, enable us to connect with friends and family, and more.
However, many people are reporting discomfort or pain in their hands, fingers, and neck after using their smartphone or tablet. Is our growing reliance on smartphones injuring our hands?
What Is a Phone Grip?
Phone grips are devices you attach to the back of your smartphone to allow you to hold your phone comfortably with one hand.
When using a phone grip, the phone will rest more comfortably and securely in your hand. You won’t need to use your pinky finger to support your phone, and for most people, the phone grips make it easier to text with their thumb. Additionally, it’s easier to use your phone with one hand.
Those who use Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones make some pretty bold claims; “I’ll never go back to traditional headphones”, “You can feel the music instead of just hearing it”, to choose a couple. It appears they’ve stumbled upon something magical and after experiencing it for myself I’m inclined to agree.
On one of my previous blogs, I discussed my own personal journey with headphones, from when I was a child to a busy adult. I’ve always had a penchant for portable audio devices and I’m always keen to try new innovative technology to see if it improves my listening habits. I have a tendency to be disappointed when something doesn’t add the improvements I’m looking for and overjoyed when it does.
What Is Digital Eye Strain?
The prolonged use of electronic screens, including smartphones, computers, tablets, and e-readers that can lead to digital eye strain. This condition, also called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), refers to a group of eye and vision problems.
The problems arise because the use of the digital screen overtaxes a person’s near vision. When using a digital screen, your eyes are having to focus and refocus repeatedly and deal with glare, flicker, and contrast. The screen might also have a variety of moving images, requiring your eyes to shift focus. All this activity is demanding on your eye muscles.
There are actually several safety benefits to using bone conduction headphones. Before it was commercialized the technology was actually used for several other purposes. As with many advances in technology it was initially used by the military to help transmit sound in a non-traditional way.
Since then it has been adapted over the years to help perfect hearing aid technology, allowing those who are hearing impaired to pick up sound in a way that allows them to hear as well as anyone else. There are several different forms of deafness, but for the ones that are associated with the eardrum, bone conduction technology in their hearing aids has been life-changing. These individuals pick up all of their sounds this way and have no complaints when it comes to the technology’s safety.
While the quality of smartphone cameras keeps improving with every new model, there are times when you want something a bit more professional. You may want your vacation photos to expertly capture the stunning, once-in-a-lifetime scenery or finally get that professional-looking family photo during a family reunion. Perhaps, you need high-quality images to support your online website.
Fortunately, there are a variety of smartphone accessories to help elevate your phone’s camera to the next level. So whether you’re a hobbyist or professional photographer, here are some accessories that can help you capture the perfect shot with your smartphone.
Our smartphones go everywhere with us—on errands, around our house, the beach, and more. These handy little devices help us complete a variety of tasks all day, every day.
Their utility is one of the reasons it’s so painful when our smartphone gets injured, such as a cracked or scratched screen. Another reason we wince is that it’s expensive to fix or replace them.
Whether you enjoy running, biking, walking, or exercising at a fitness center, smartphones are now essential gear for workouts.
Smartphones are especially useful for playing your favorite workout songs. Given the variety of music apps available, you can find an app to provide the music experience that best helps you when exercising. For instance, some apps stream music in specific genres, play songs based on your beats per minute (BPM) to match your exercise rhythm, and some allow you to make your playlist.
Not sure who is running (QC) Quality Control at Apple on updates or who made the final call to "Pull the trigger" and release this one but wow.
Maybe it is just an Apple experiment on tolerance with the human race. Can you imagine literally frustrating and enraging two hundred million people with a keystroke?
There is a way to find a balance between having all the benefits of your smartphone while minimizing the negatives.
The key is to develop smart habits and set boundaries for your smartphone use.
What these habits and boundaries look like will depend on each person’s unique situation. Fortunately, there’s no right or wrong.
Wireless charging is here to stay and not going anywhere. Future wireless charging devices will need to get stronger to go through Smartphone Cases better, ports complicate the process. This type of charging, like folding phones, needs more development to make it more efficient and to increase the charging range.
If you have a busy life with little time to spend on looking for a charging port, then this is the technology for you. Wireless chargers are less of a mess for the home. But where they make the most sense is in the car. You can use that time spent driving charging the phone.