Bone Fone

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The Bone Fone was a wearable radio that draped around the user's neck like a scarf. Bill Hass invented the device,[1] and JS&A marketed it in 1979.[2][3] According to the marketing materials, the Bone Fone resonated sound through the wearer's bones.[4]

The device represents an evolutionary step from hand-held electronics (transistor radios) to wearable technology (Walkman, iPod, smart phone). The Bone Fone did not achieve the longevity of transistor radios, originating in 1947, and surviving to the present. The Sony Walkman line achieved greater popularity; iPods and smartphones achieved greater impact. But, the Bone Fone helped make the transition to products users could wear, freeing the hands for other activities, such as exercise or gardening.[5][6][7] In late 2019, Sony introduced a similar product, though a lot less rugged, the SRS-WS1 Wearable Neck Speaker.[8][third-party source needed]

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  1. ^ "The Technological Breakthough[sic] of 1979: THE BONE FONE!". Forces of Geek. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Bone Fone, the Terror!". The Atlantic. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Bone Fone". Radiomuseum. Archived from the original on 30 January 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Bone Fone (Nov, 1980)". Modern Mechanix. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Traffica Article about Bone Fone".
  6. ^ "Is Bone Conduction The Future of Headphones?".
  7. ^ "11 Crazy Inventions That Nobody Ever Needed". Slapped Ham. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Sony Wearable Neck Speaker". Sony. Retrieved 2019-12-29.