Panasonic Unveils Bone-Conduction TV Headphones - NBC Bay Area

Panasonic Unveils Bone-Conduction TV Headphones



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    LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 07: Shiro Kitajima (R), President of Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America, demonstrates Bone Conduction Headphones at a Panasonic press conference during the 2013 International CES at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 8-11 and is expected to feature 3,100 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS (AP) - People who don't want to disturb sleeping family members could use a new product from Panasonic that doesn't need speakers or even your own ears: wireless bone-conduction headphones.

    The headphones connect to a TV via the Bluetooth wireless standard and attach to your head like a normal set of headphones. But instead of using your ears, the headphones work like hearing aids by transmitting sound waves through your skull.  
    They are one of several innovations Panasonic unveiled at the International CES show in Las Vegas. It 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 smartphones to the TV.