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Sony Ericsson Develops Contact Headphones

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the sounds-like-another-point-of-failure dept.

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TechnologyResource writes "Sony Ericsson has just introduced the MH907 headphones. The headphones will pause or play your music based on contact; eliminating the use of a pause or stop button. Removing one ear bud will pause the music. Removing both ear buds will stop the music. Both ear buds have to be in your ear to play the music. According to Sony Ericsson, this will allow you to 'play your music and answer phone calls just by inserting the buds into your ear or taking them out.'"

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Van Gogh. . . (4, Funny)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495297)

What if you're missing one ear?

Re:Van Gogh. . . (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495355)

I'm sure you can stick the second ear bud somewhere else. ...perhaps in the ear of your scantily clad model?

Re:Van Gogh. . . (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496375)

I'm sure you can stick the second ear bud somewhere else. ...perhaps in the ear of your scantily clad model?

Based on your comment, I had high hopes before I clicked on the article. What I saw in the article wasn't quite what you implied I'd see, although that is quite the plunging neckline on that gentleman's shirt.

Re:Van Gogh. . . (3, Funny)

Ambvai (1106941) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495535)

Simple: Insert one into a similarly sized cavity within reach of the cord. I recommend a nostril.

Re:Van Gogh. . . (2, Funny)

fireball84513 (1632561) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495711)

nonsense, ears can be grown off of skinless rats now remember? and if you cant afford the procedure, you probably shouldn't be forking out cash for expensive earphones that make life slightly more convenient

Re:Van Gogh. . . (5, Funny)

dbet (1607261) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496071)

I tried your suggestion, but the rat kept running away, pausing the music.

Re:Van Gogh. . . (5, Insightful)

Jurily (900488) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495753)

This is a better question than the mods seem to appreciate. They deny you the ability to listen with only one ear, while keeping in touch with the outside world with the other.

Re:Van Gogh. . . (5, Insightful)

DigitalPasture (1545473) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496091)

If that's the case then these probably aren't the headphones for you.

Re:Van Gogh. . . (0, Troll)

Jurily (900488) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496349)

Will you guys please stop the "then don't buy it" bullshit? This is a discussion, not eBay.

Re:Van Gogh. . . (3, Informative)

SoupGuru (723634) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496477)

I thought we were discussing how you should not buy these if they don't meet all your needs...

Re:Van Gogh. . . (1)

Exception Duck (1524809) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496497)

Ok, I'm wondering where the discussion would go ?

Probably there are settings that you can turn the "sensors" off, since maybe you are listening to live broadcast, and unless these are some super timewarping headphones (or with a cache cabability for all real time streaming video apps) the "pause" will not always work.

And no I didn't read the article... :)

Re:Van Gogh. . . (1)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496417)

No doubt, no doubt. But I'm still scratching my head as to the usefulness of this "technology". Was there some sort of market that was demanding that music should only be played if both buds are in the ear?

I say this as I have 1 ear-bud in at work, so if a co-worker calls my name I can answer them. Yet, when I'm at the gym, I'm more than happy to have them both in.

Point being, what's the point? All things being equal, these ear buds are less flexible than normal headphones and will probably be significantly more expensive. Is this an answer in search of a problem?

Re:Van Gogh. . . (1)

Exception Duck (1524809) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496509)

mod parent up. funny as hell :)

Re:Van Gogh. . . (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496483)

I doubt they'll criminalize regular headphones. I also doubt they'll catch on or gain a significant market share.

Re:Van Gogh. . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495807)

asd

Re:Van Gogh. . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495965)

dsa?

Re:Van Gogh. . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29496189)

sda

Re:Van Gogh. . . (1)

unixan (800014) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496429)

This redundant threat can be made funnier. What if these are /dev nodes?

/dev/sda - first SCSI hard disk
/dev/dsa - ?
/dev/asd - ?

What if...? (2, Insightful)

mackil (668039) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495315)

Great idea, but what if you listen to music with only one ear? I work in an office environment where people regularly interrupt my coding work. As a result, I have taken the habit of listening to my music with only one ear bud. That way I can hear whenever someone is trying to get my attention, but can still listen to my alternative rock to my heart's content.

Re:What if...? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495339)

How about you and Van Gogh buy some other earphones? Or do they have to get your personal approval on this one?

Re:What if...? (2, Insightful)

Estragib (945821) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495529)

You'd be right it the first sentence of TFA didn't read, "Sony Ericsson may soon make the play button a thing of the past with its new motion-controlled earbuds." With a claim like that, this kind of critical response to the arcticle is to be expected and justified.

Re:What if...? (1)

gbarules2999 (1440265) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496133)

We all know that's just sensationalist journalism at its finest. Acting like Sony is out to spite the one-eared music lovers of the world is completely dishonest when only faced with such a ridiculous, Google-surfer-eye-catching quote.

Re:What if...? (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495887)

He isn't the only one who regularly puts in one headphone all the time. I do too, and based on all the other posters, they do too.

Re:What if...? (2, Insightful)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496309)

That's great, but that doesn't mean that these aren't useful. 10% of the population is left handed. Some devices are built specifically for right handed people. The solution for them isn't to complain that such devices exist, but rather to buy ambidextrous or left-hand specific items. Anyone who thinks that an item is poorly designed simply because it doesn't meet their specific criteria is just being naive.

Re:What if...? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495349)

I realize this is a tough one to figure out, but the solution is to not buy these headphones.

Re:What if...? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495527)

I realise you may not be very smart, but realizing that when music is paused, you don't need any ear buds at all isn't too hard either. You usually stop the music only once, so the "removing both earbuds" functionality is completely useless - might as well make that the pause 'button'.

Re:What if...? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495627)

The idea is that if you're let's say a jogger... you jog down the street with your headphones on... then you run into your friend Mary. You stop to talk and like many other people, you remove one headphone so that you can converse rather than yell at each other. This makes this frequent gesture better by pausing the music for you.

Is this necessary for everyone in every circumstance? No. But is it worth it to someone? Yes, I'm sure it is.

Re:What if...? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495729)

Why stop the music? I'm perfectly capable of listening to music in one ear, and pretending I'm listening to Mary with the other.

Re:What if...? (2, Insightful)

Jurily (900488) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495893)

This makes this frequent gesture better by pausing the music for you.

I believe the correct solution is to allow a one-ear mode, and to retain the functionality of the pause/play button at all times. Insert two, remove one: playback stops. Insert only one: playback starts.

Nobody gets to tell me how many ears to use for listening to music, tyvm.

Re:What if...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29496063)

Nobody is telling you to buy these earbuds either.

Re:What if...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495547)

I realize this is a tough one to figure out, but the solution is to not buy these headphones.

Wow! Thanks AC! Mod this one Informative. I had my check book out when I read this post.

Re:What if...? (2, Funny)

blakelarson (1486631) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495395)

Easy -- just put both ear buds in one ear!

Re:What if...? (1)

mockchoi (678525) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495419)

I do exactly the same thing. It can't be all that uncommon.

Re:What if...? (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495429)

Wrap some scotch tape around an earphone.

Wait, was this technology supposed to make things more convenient?

Re:What if...? (1)

ChienAndalu (1293930) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495619)

I think this technology works best if it can be disabled sometimes.

Re:What if...? (3, Interesting)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495623)

Ideally there would be a setting in software.

Re:What if...? (1)

dnahelicase (1594971) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495635)

Is it a great idea? Are people really that lazy that they would buy specialized devices just so they don't have to hit a button? Does that make it easier? I realize that developing new technologies is a good thing, but you're really trying to sell me earphones I have to take out of my ears and then reinsert (but only one!) in order to answer a call? I wonder if you can change the volume based on the pressure that you shove them into your ears with...

Re:What if...? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495681)

Are people really that lazy that they would buy specialized devices just so they don't have to hit a button?

Are you really that lazy that you would buy a specialized device to spin the CD instead of manually rotating it by hand?

Re:What if...? (1)

mackil (668039) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495701)

I think it's an interesting idea, and certainly headed in the right direction. Having had one of the early mp3 players back in the day, it was a relief to deal with the iPod just because of the simplicity of the interface.

What we really need is a 'mouse gesture' like control for your headphones. That way the user could customize their controls to whatever they wanted. Now THAT is something I would buy... but then that would probably prove too complicated for the average user. Never know though...

Re:What if...? (1)

NoYob (1630681) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495719)

Great idea, but what if you listen to music with only one ear? I work in an office environment where people regularly interrupt my coding work. As a result, I have taken the habit of listening to my music with only one ear bud. That way I can hear whenever someone is trying to get my attention, but can still listen to my alternative rock to my heart's content.

You can concentrate on what you're doing when you listen to music?

When I tried that once, my attention alternates between the music, what I'm doing while tuning out the music, to not paying attention to anything, and just being distracted. What I'm saying is, I can't do it and be productive - and I'm also saying that I don't think anyone else can either.

Re:What if...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495879)

Consider that he is doing even more than that. Listening to music in one ear, people in the room in the other ear, plus coding. Ugh, that has to be the stupidest idea ever.

I mean for most people the whole point of listening to music is to shut out all the other sounds so they can focus on whatever it is they are working on. In that case the music is just background noise, not meant to be focused on as you suggest.

Re:Music & Productive (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496041)

You mean well, but you must not know of a couple techniques.

The AC below you had the clue to your puzzle - it's listening to the other people that sinks everything.

If someone authorizes you to work in a bloc because Something Must Get Done, you can then tap the music to boost your productivity.
My productivity goes up some 20-25% doing that.

The thing is - for me at least it works precisely and only on songs you like and know extremely well.

Re:What if...? (1)

oh_bugger (906574) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495877)

I'm a developer and I listen to music at work too. But I use it to help me ignore my coworkers. They think twice about bothering me if I have my earphones in. They try to figure it out for themselves for a change!

Re:What if...? (1)

Demonantis (1340557) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495909)

Maybe after enough people complaining a firmware update that lets you setup what the reaction to triggers will be. I mean if it is written well, it should be object oriented enough to allow for this with little effort. It is silly how much software is written that could be improved by letting the user have more access to preferences to configure the software to their specific situation. Of course there can always be a default for those that are to busy to fiddle.

Re:What if...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29496023)

This is because the "options" the user expects don't often exist. And if you allow the user to input data you now have to test exponentially more "setups" than before. The extra work leads to less options and more "stock" values.

Re:What if...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29496153)

At first I was going to suggest not using these, but someone else already beat me to it.

However, upon further thought I realized the solution is simple. Why hide the functionality from the user? Make it configurable... for instance, I personally also like to listen with both earbuds while coding at work, but I also sometimes listen with one in cases where someone might walk in and start talking to me. Why not just make it configurable so I can do just that, and when I remove them then it "pauses" or "stops" depending on what my preference is. Another neat idea is if you have only one inserted, both L/R channels are played through the one earbud that's in my ear and the other earbud is deactivated. That would be very useful to me.

Re:What if...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29496155)

I work in an office environment where people regularly interrupt my coding work. As a result, I have taken the habit of listening to my music at full volume with noise canceling over the ear headphones. That way I can't hear the jackass trying to distract me from my work.

Re:What if...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29496343)

Great idea, but what if you listen to music with only one ear?

then don't buy them.

Re:What if...? (1)

Rasperin (1034758) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496559)

I wear sound blocking headphones so that I don't have to listen to co-workers ramble on about meaningless things. If they really want my attention they can tap my shoulder.

Re:What if...? (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496601)

Great idea, but what if you listen to music with only one ear? I work in an office environment where people regularly interrupt my coding work.

Simple. Stick the unused earbud into your coworkers ear.

Not only will you continue to listen to your music, but your coworkers will think twice about asking you a question next time.

A lot of technology for a simple thing? (2, Insightful)

hattig (47930) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495317)

"this will allow you to 'play your music and answer phone calls just by inserting the buds into your ear or taking them out"

Sounds more awkward than pressing a button on the phone in my opinion, but if you're driving or you can't otherwise get at the device it could be useful. Or if you have ears that aren't just right for in-ear 'phones, which keep falling out as a result.

However what's wrong with a clicker on the cable?

Re:A lot of technology for a simple thing? (4, Insightful)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495483)

...but if you're driving...

You shouldn't have plugs in both ears. Illegal in most places. Dangerous in all places.

Oh, and put the phone down. You're driving.

Re:A lot of technology for a simple thing? (-1, Flamebait)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496053)

Oh, and put the phone down. You're driving.

Wow, that is a new level of ludditism. Now, it's not just interactive conversations that are somehow magically more dangerous if you use one of those evil modern talkie devices. Now, you are somehow being more dangerous listening to music if it is produced by the one of those evil modern talkie devices than if it is produced by the good and holy devices that became popular in or before the more righteous and holy 1980's.

Re:A lot of technology for a simple thing? (0, Flamebait)

Dog-Cow (21281) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496231)

I hope you die because the ambulance you were riding in couldn't get past some idiot who couldn't hear the sirens.

Re:A lot of technology for a simple thing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29496545)

New-fangled ambulances have a high-tech visual alert system (flashing red light) to warn deaf drivers/drivers with headphones/etc. I don't hope you die (because only an asshole would say something like that), but I do hope someone hits you on the head hard enough to knock some sense into it.

Re:A lot of technology for a simple thing? (1)

ZekoMal (1404259) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496347)

Wow, that is a new level of ludditism. Now, it's not just interactive conversations that are somehow magically more dangerous if you use one of those evil modern talkie devices. Now, you are somehow being more dangerous listening to music if it is produced by the one of those evil modern talkie devices than if it is produced by the good and holy devices that became popular in or before the more righteous and holy 1980's.

I do so hope that you are being funny. Cellphones. Worse than driving a little drunk. Common knowledge. Sentence fragments. Also, earphones in ears while driving means no hearie the big wailing emergency vehicles or cop cars, or hearing the honking horn. Besides, you yourself are quite the luddite for failing to note that there are these magical things called radios...and CD players...and even MP3 players that jack straight into your car's sound system. Why, there's even this mystical device called "hands free" that you can use with your cell phone. There, your hands are on the wheel and your useless crap is still available.

Now you can use those holy and righteous devices from after the 90's without getting people killed the next time you pile into your SUV.

Re:A lot of technology for a simple thing? (1)

MartinSchou (1360093) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496103)

The really silly things about laws against wearing ear plugs in a car is that it is perfectly legal to have the car stereo turned up so loud, that you can't even hear a fog horn being used in seat next to you.

At most you'll be risking a fine for noise pollution, not reckless driving

Re:A lot of technology for a simple thing? (2, Insightful)

defaria (741527) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496215)

Quite frankly BULLSHIT! Having music playing in your earbuds is no more or less distracting than playing the radio loudly. In both cases you can hear the music very well and other things not so well. If you are gonna outlaw earbuds then you must outlaw stereos.

Re:A lot of technology for a simple thing? (1)

nloop (665733) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496303)

That law has never made sense to me. You are allowed to drive with loud music and the windows up, but not headphones? It's pretty much the same thing.

Also, Deaf people can drive.

I'm not arguing Deaf people shouldn't drive, I'm saying headphones should be allowed. My stereo doesn't have an aux in port, I have to.

Re:A lot of technology for a simple thing? (1)

mrisaacs (59875) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495493)

I don't know about local driving rules where you are, but in NY State it's illegal to drive w/o having one ear "free" - so not a good solution for driving.

An no, I don't think this is more convenient than a button either.

Re:A lot of technology for a simple thing? (1)

thesandtiger (819476) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496297)

if you're driving... ... and you have headphones in, you have bigger problems than fucking around with buttons, namely that you're an idiot.

Seriously, what makes people think that deafening themselves while operating a multi-ton vehicle at high speeds is a good idea?

(Feel the same way about overly loud music in cars. My lawn; you're on it.)

I often... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495329)

I often listen to music with only 1 headphone... (To hear what's going on near me while listening music)
Now Sony decided that I can't do it anymore!

I, for one, welcome our new headphones overload!

Re:I often... (1)

Columcille (88542) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495717)

"Now Sony decided that I can't do it anymore!"

Oops, looks like you made a typo. You meant to say: "Now Sony has given an additional choice to people who use both headphones."

Flawed design (1)

DwrfwithHamr (1639437) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495353)

I usualy walk with only one earbud inside my head. Not getting hit by car, is always better then stereo sound. For me this means the headphones will not work. This feature belongs in rubbish bin, as far as I am concerned.

Good Idea... (2, Interesting)

PrimaryConsult (1546585) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495357)

so long as it works properly. Many times I take my headphones off to order food, talk to a bank teller, etc and then three hours later, I find it has been playing the entire time. This will do wonders for battery life...

But what is more likely to happen is the contact mechanism will wear out in six months and it will be difficult to get them to play at all...

Re:Good Idea... (5, Funny)

fulldecent (598482) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495875)

but considering this is Sony, it is very likely that the headphones will overheat and explode in your ear, cause a commotion at a UN meeting, install a rootkit on anything you insert it in, and lose a format war with something else on the market.

weak sauce. (5, Informative)

superdana (1211758) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495361)

The MH907 is only compatible with Sony Ericsson's own Fast Port-equipped phones -- Fast Port is SE's proprietary connector on the bottom of its phones.

Fail.

Re:weak sauce. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495463)

What?!?!?!

Do you mean Sony has made some proprietary piece of shit that will only work with Sony hardware?

Re:weak sauce. (2, Interesting)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495519)

Makes sense. How else would you notify the device playing music that you wish for the music to stop?

As an aside, I'm not sure about iPods, but the Zune will automatically pause music if the headphones have been removed. You could make an analogue to this technology by implementing something similar to that in an ordinary mp3/cd player and having a cutoff switch for the circuit in the ear piece (or on the cord, or wherever), and just trip it when appropriate. Resuming play automatically would be a trick, but then again, honestly how lazy are we?

Re:weak sauce. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495641)

As an aside, I'm not sure about iPods, but the Zune will automatically pause music if the headphones have been removed. You could make an analogue to this technology by implementing something similar to that in an ordinary mp3/cd player and having a cutoff switch for the circuit in the ear piece (or on the cord, or wherever), and just trip it when appropriate. Resuming play automatically would be a trick, but then again, honestly how lazy are we?

iPods have been doing this since long before the first Zune even came out.

Re:weak sauce. (1)

iamhigh (1252742) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495703)

How else would you notify the device playing music that you wish for the music to stop?

Well there has to be a full circuit... Simple switch that is always on when it has pressure, such as being jammed in your ear; when removed from the pressure the contact is broken and so is the circuit.

Re:weak sauce. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495761)

Yes, a second generation iPod nano has this jack-sensing feature (I can't speak for other models). It's actually quite useful, you can pause music with the player on hold by removing the jack. The real advantage here is that you can guarantee that your player will switch itself off (the cursed "clickwheel" interface is a huge contact area that will wake the iPod back up if it's not on hold), as there's no explicit "off" button (though there is an enable-able soft-option).

And what a good idea for a Saturday project, although for best results, you'd want to communicate with the device directly (which would probably require alternate firmware, or at least significant hackery).

Re:weak sauce. (1)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495859)

And what a good idea for a Saturday project, although for best results, you'd want to communicate with the device directly (which would probably require alternate firmware, or at least significant hackery).

Yeah, I miss my old phillips cd player. It had some strange mini-jack with four contacts in it, and had a inline "remote" that allowed for volume control and basic skip/play/pause controls. That thing was great for having in a backpack or pocket and being able to skip songs. I wish they would standardize something like that.
Sony, try putting a control knob on the earbuds to skip songs.

Re:weak sauce. (1)

Thuktun (221615) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495551)

The MH907 is only compatible with Sony Ericsson's own Fast Port-equipped phones -- Fast Port is SE's proprietary connector on the bottom of its phones.

Fail.

How, pray tell, would you expect them to do this with current, standard headphones? It's possible you're referring to their lack of a standard connector like USB, in which case you might have a point.

Sadly, nuance like that is apparently not conveyable in 4chan-speak.

Re:weak sauce. (4, Interesting)

fulldecent (598482) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495809)

with a 4-port 1/4" jack... like the ipod

Re:weak sauce. (1)

fulldecent (598482) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495835)

>> with a 4-port 1/4" jack... like the ipod

i forgot that slashdot disabled the s|1/4|1/8|g feature that was originally in slashcode.

Re:weak sauce. (1)

Thuktun (221615) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496291)

with a 4-port 1/4" jack... like the ipod

I assume you mean 1/8". I thought the iPod used a regular TRS connector and the iPhone used the TRRS/4-conductor plug. Curious how this would work with their "one out pause, two out stop" method of control.

Re:weak sauce. (1)

pavon (30274) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496377)

The protocol used by iPod remotes is every bit as proprietary as this.

Useless (3, Insightful)

cl0s (1322587) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495415)

Ehh... When my phone rings, the music just pauses itself. But then again my phone is also my MP3 player. Useless... to me at least.

Waiting To Hear About The Rootkit... (0, Offtopic)

Xin Jing (1587107) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495421)

Get it? Waiting to hear... Sony headphones... Rootkit.

Ugh, nevermind.

Hmm ... (1)

daveime (1253762) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495497)

According to Sony Ericsson, this will allow you to 'play your music and answer phone calls just by inserting the buds into your ear or taking them out'

So you can listen to music with both earphones, but only listen to a telephone conversation piped through one earphone as you had to remove the other to pause the music ? And what happens if the person calling you puts you on one of those annoying musical hold things ?

It's bad enough they sneak in rootkits, now they're sneaking in paradoxes.

Re:Hmm ... (1)

bcmm (768152) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495975)

It's bad enough they sneak in rootkits, now they're sneaking in paradoxes.

They're obviously developing a new rootkit that is totally undetectable because it both is and isn't there.

Engineering challenge: (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495611)

I hope they built them in a way, that will avoid them switching on, while touching anything while not being in your ear. Like dangling on your chest, touching your arm or something hanging in front of you, etc.
Oh, and please let them also not use energy to detect touches, because else even non-triggering touches could use up your batteries.

Re:Engineering challenge: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29496181)

I wonder how those thermometers that give you an instant reading from your ear work and how much energy they drain? I have no idea how these headphones are made but that's what I'd consider easier to make functional than any mechanism which is pressed in when you put the headphone in your ear since anything like that will, if it's too soft, be pressed in whilst dangling and if they're stiffer, they will feel uncomfortable.

Re:Engineering challenge: (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496593)

I assume it would be a button on the edge of the earbud or the cushion of the headphone that gets indented when you are wearing them. Seems simple enough to me.

iPod elimated the difference between pause/stop (4, Insightful)

sandymac (983782) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495639)

My first iPod showed me that there is no reason to distinguish between the concept of pause or the concept of stop. For some type of media devices it makes sense to have an off button but for many devices even that can be combined in with the pause button.

Pause feature too restrictive (1)

NYMeatball (1635689) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495695)

I'm lucky enough to have a policy at work that allows me to both bring my iPod in to work with me, as well as listen to it while working so long as I keep it reasonably quiet. I frequently (always?) use the "one bud in, one bud out" method so that I don't miss important things like actual conversations with co-workers. For people like me who use this listening style, this would be pointless. Surely they've considered this and have an option to alter the pause mechanics?

Re:Pause feature too restrictive (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495771)

Surely they've considered this and have an option to alter the pause mechanics?

Yes. It's called "Buy some other headphones(TM)"

Re:Pause feature too restrictive (1)

NYMeatball (1635689) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495863)

This seems to be the popular trend throughout the thread - this is all fine and dandy. In fact, for someone like me, they don't even care as the brand of hardware I use isn't compatible with their headphones to begin with. Point being - if I'm a well known brand like Sony, I don't want to spend all this R&D and marketing towards something new and great, and have my closing line be "Hey go buy something else!". I'm not complaining about the headphones - like I said I wouldn't ever have the chance to use them. I do however question why if they're going to produce something this necessarily complex they aren't going to offer functionality that seems like it would appease at least a large enough portion of their target audience.

Oblig. quote (1)

Brett Buck (811747) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495911)

I'm lucky enough to have a policy at work that allows me to both bring my iPod in to work with me, as well as listen to it while working so long as I keep it reasonably quiet./

I was told that I could listen to the radio at a reasonable volume from nine to eleven, I told Bill that if Sandra is going to listen to her headphones while she's filing then I should be able to listen to the radio while I'm collating so I don't see why I should have to turn down the radio because I enjoy listening at a reasonable volume from nine to eleven.

      Brett

typical (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495759)

[quote]
The MH907 is only compatible with Sony Ericsson's own Fast Port-equipped phones
[/quote]
they could probably sell quite a few of these headphones if they had just used a 3.5mm jack...

what? (1)

bananaquackmoo (1204116) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495833)

So what happens when you want to hear the phone call, but haven't got the headphones in your ear? I'm guessing you have to use it against your head, like a phone? Whats the point then?

Plan B (1)

zzyber (1537283) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495945)

What if you put them in the nose?

gimmick (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495949)

Since when did Slashdot be a resting place for crap, gimmicky rubbish?

Isn't this just an ad? (1)

charliemopps11 (1606697) | more than 4 years ago | (#29495973)

Isn't this just an ad? Seriously, this isn't even slightly innovative. How may MP3 players come with a set of controls on the cord? How is this any better?

Wow... SLOW news day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29495983)

I have now noticed no less than 4 different sources running with this story... So they have earphones that stop playing music when you take them out of your ears. BFD! Is this the only development in the entire world today?

sony rootkit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29496055)

never forget, never forgive

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_rootkit [wikipedia.org]

More Office Rage (1)

archer, the (887288) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496229)

Worker 1: Dude, I got this new phone, but the MP3 player doesn't work.

Worker 2: Stick it in your ear.

Worker 1: WTF? You stick it in your ear! Jerk.

now if only... (1)

Deisatru (1605213) | more than 4 years ago | (#29496239)

They could get ear buds that actually fit my ears.

I always half listen at work... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29496449)

I always listen to my music with one ear bud out and one ear bud in because i'm at work. If I have both in then i'm not able to appear like i'm paying attention or more readily hear someone asking me a question. I very rarely get to listen to both ears during the day. Also gives a great way to listen to music all day without worrying about hurting my ears as i listen for 60 minutes on one side, and switch to the other for 60 minutes. I do this all day. Stinks, i like the concept but totally not applicable to anyone i know, myself included who does this same thing.

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