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Magnetic Induction Technology Headset Reviewed

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the crystals-don't-sound-so-hot dept.

Wireless Networking 158

Semi-Anonymous Coward writes "The first review of a wireless headset using Magnetic Induction technolgy has been posted at mobile technology website MobileBurn. The reviewer mentions that the technology provides almost 'crystal clear' phone conversations, which is better than most Bluetooth headsets he has used. The magnetic induction technology creates a 'bubble' around the user which increases the security of their communications. Is this the replacement for Bluetooth in Audio applications? It certainly looks like it..."

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gah? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571850)

fail?

GO SUCK A NUT (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571859)

n/t

It's all a secret plot by Magneto (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571857)

It's Maggie's version of Cerebro. Hame way for Homo Superior!

Looks like (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571860)

It certainly looks like it...

Looks like a cause of lawsuits 25 years down the road when most of the 1st world dies of brain cancer.

Re:Looks like (3, Insightful)

cynicalmoose (720691) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571896)

Unlikely
Magnetic induction has been used for years for two things - brain scans (which don't (I hope) cause cancer), and hearing aid loops.

Re:Looks like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571922)

Yeah, but people don't live in MRI machines, either.

Some people DO use cellphones every waking moment.

Re:Looks like (2, Insightful)

*weasel (174362) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572055)

deaf people have been known to wear their hearing aides every waking moment.

i would think if magnetic induction were inherently hazardous to your health, deaf people would have been dropping like flies from brain cancer by now.

Re:Looks like (1)

LittleBigLui (304739) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572348)

Maybe magnetic induction impairs your hearing? If our sample group consists solely of already-near-deaf people we won't know until no one hears anything anymore. I smell a RIAA plot.

Why don't you try using your brain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572488)

People don't get brain scans day in, day out retard. Try using yours.

Re:Looks like (3, Informative)

frodo from middle ea (602941) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571975)

And since when do the americans need an excuse to sue someone ?<P>
Lets face it, even if someone to come up with a cure of cancer, there will be some one to sue him for whatever reason.

Re:Looks like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572199)

**Looks like a cause of lawsuits 25 years down the road when most of the 1st world dies of brain cancer.**

If most rich people die (1st world), then who's going to be alive to get sued?

**Lets face it, even if someone to come up with a cure of cancer, there will be some one to sue him for whatever reason.**

Sure there will be many, such as child molestation, rape, and other. Let's face it, if someone figure out a way to cure cancer, he/she is probably rich. There's tons of way to sue him/her to extort some money. Also, saying he/she alone could be target for sue. That's sexist. Why would "he" goes before "she". Why not she/he?

Well, in the future, saying she/he or he/she either way may even be sexist :-)

Happy holiday.

What if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572231)

If I install a fleshlight into a Rhoomba, does that make me a turtle-fucker?!!!

Re:Looks like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572427)

Also, saying he/she alone could be target for sue. That's sexist. Why would "he" goes before "she". Why not she/he?

Haven't we been all over this sexist/racist hypersensitivity s**t yesterday with the "master/slave" hard drive thing?

"He" is STILL an acceptable generic form for an indeterminate third person. "He/she", "she/her", etc. are coming into vogue, but are awkward, contrived, and are excessively PC.

Notable in this context is that since majority of the oncologists ARE male, the discoverer is more likely to be male. More realistically, it will be a team effort, but odds are strong that there will be few or even no women on the team.

However, with all of the PC-grammar stuff out of the way, your point about rich people naturally being targets of lawsuits is dead-on, and would like the ability to mod it alone "Insightful", but the grammar stuff as "Flamebait."

Re:Looks like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571986)

Looks like a cause of lawsuits 25 years down the road when most of the 1st world dies of brain cancer.

then perhaps we'll evolve as a species to tolerate these very convenient waves ; )

Re:Looks like (1)

ePhil_One (634771) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572302)

Looks like a cause of lawsuits 25 years down the road when most of the 1st world dies of brain cancer.

I'm sure there'll be no limit to the potential sources of brain cancer in 25 years. Personally, I blame the liberals.

~40 years old tech. (4, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571864)


The magnetic induction technology creates a 'bubble' around the user which increases the security of their communications

Olde news, Maxwell Smart [gasou.edu] had this back in the 60's.

Re:~40 years old tech. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571894)

So who was reading the story on Slashdot in the 60's???

Re:~40 years old tech. (1)

Darkmoor (259836) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571905)

To be fair, Get Smart had the 'cone of silence' which was made of acrylic, not an em field.

GRUB YOU ARE JUST SO FUCKING FUNNY YOU COCKSMOKER! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571912)

Couldn't quite get firsties this article???? HUH????? POOR BABY!!!

Re:GRUB YOU ARE JUST SO FUCKING FUNNY YOU COCKSMOK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572052)

grub is teh funny

Re:~40 years old tech. (1)

rickhale (90839) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572390)

Get Smart and the Cone of Silence was the first thing that I thought of when I read the post!

Ummmm...I don't think so! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571867)

Especially since the Earth's magnetic field is weakening and preparing to flip [pbs.org] from N-S to S-N.

Save your money [pbs.org] .

Re:Ummmm...I don't think so! (5, Funny)

RickL (64901) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571920)

I'm glad its N-S to S-N. I hate it when it flips E-W to W-E.

mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572221)

to the mod who modded it down, you clearly don't get it... it involves a little bit of thought to see the humor in the post.

Re:Ummmm...I don't think so! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572263)

During the few thousand years it will take to settle down, it may just flip E-W and W-E since we may have more than 2 magnetic poles.

Re:Ummmm...I don't think so! (1)

RestiffBard (110729) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572343)

Actually, I think that only happens on the Sun.

Re:Ummmm...I don't think so! (1)

SiaFhir (686401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571956)

...Which will happen on December 21 or 22, 2012 [diagnosis2012.co.uk] (among everything else, including the end of the world).

Re:Ummmm...I don't think so! (3, Funny)

smackjer (697558) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572018)

You know, these end-of-the-world type web sites would be a little more believable if they didn't look like they were designed by a color-blind third grader.

Re:Ummmm...I don't think so! (3, Funny)

PurdueGraphicsMan (722107) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572086)

Exactly! Call me a spoil sport but I have trouble accepting the fact that these people are smart enough to know when the Earth is going to end and why, but not smart enough to read an assimilate some basic design concepts and color theory? Come on.

Is it just me... (2, Insightful)

tbase (666607) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571877)

...or is anyone else a little apprehensive about pairing the phrases "magnetic induction" and "headset"?

Re:Is it just me... (3, Funny)

JPelorat (5320) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571949)

Not really.. maybe if it was 'magnetic induction' and 'jockstrap'...

Re:Is it just me... (2, Funny)

GoofyBoy (44399) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572046)

>if it was 'magnetic induction' and 'jockstrap'... .. then it would the perfect opportunity to base email spam business on.

Why? (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572034)

Contrary to popular belief, there is no person named "Magneto" and it would pretty much be impossible to magnetically rip the iron out of you rblood.

Aside from nonsense such as this I don't know why you'd be afraid of a magnatic field. Researchers with supercolliders are routinely within very short distances of fields orders of magnitude greater than anything this would produce.

Re:Is it just me... (1)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572235)

Just how strong is this magnetic induction field?

And how long will it take to abuse the floppies (or tapes) in my desk drawer?

Manglenetals (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571883)

you're the coolest there is in town
pumping ipod while jogging around
elitest snob with 40gig of sound
spent five hundred just another dumb snook
sold your soul to the biggest corporations on the books
micro-soft starbucks mcdonalds list them down
elitest snob with 40gig of sound
drink that coffee drink it down

fp (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571884)

fp

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571903)

yoo fale et

Long term effects? (0)

ethanrider (129483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571887)

Anyone have any information about the possible long term effects of using these headsets? I would think that they are low energy so would be low risk, however I wonder if heavy usage would end up causing detrimental effects.

Re:Long term effects? (2, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571917)

Well, look at it this way. If prolonged heavy usage is dangerous, the only people that are going to be realistically affected are telemarketers and tech support drones. This may well be a blessing in disguise.

Re:Long term effects? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572035)

and every cube farm wage slave everyware, not just in India

Creates a magnetic bubble (3, Insightful)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571897)

... which I can see being great for the phone. Does it interfere with the WiFi network as well ? If A interferes with B, shouldn't you expect (B) to interfere with A...

"Excuse me Mr. Jones, could you move to the other side of the room please, you're corrupting the network"...

Simon.

Re:Creates a magnetic bubble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571969)

"If A interferes with B, shouldn't you expect (B) to interfere with A..."

If A interferes with B, then isn't B, by definition, not powerful enough to interfere with A?

Re:Creates a magnetic bubble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572107)

If A interferes with B, then isn't B, by definition, not powerful enough to interfere with A?

Judging by what's happening in Iraq, clearly this isn't the case. B can exert either a greater or lesser influence on A, but it's still an interference.

Re:Creates a magnetic bubble (1)

teeker (623861) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572305)

Actually, I wonder what interferes with the headset, more than what the low-power transmitter interferes with. Does the thing scream like a banshee if you happen to be sitting next to a monitor or TV set? Doesn't mention in the article, but I'm curious.

Is this the replacement?: +1, Interesting (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571898)

Yes, this [georgewbush.org] is the replacement. However, batteries and free speech are NOT included.

Cheers,
Kilgore Trout

Segway fag hits kid. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571910)

A three-year-old San Francisco girl has become the first pedestrian to know what it feels like "when Segways attack."

Toddler Ruby Bleskacek was punished by a Segway rider in a hit-and-run accident on Tuesday. (No, we are not making this up.) The lass sustained cuts, bruises and a blow to the head, according a report from ABC. The child was apparently playing outside her home when the Segway roared by near maximum speed at 10 m.p.h and crashed into her.

"I was quite angry and I confronted him," Joel Bleskacek, the girl's father told ABC. "I asked him why he was driving so fast during the crowded lunch hour on the sidewalk. He claimed my daughter jumped in front of him."

Damn jumping girls.

The suspect fled - if you can call it that - the scene. San Francisco police are currently looking for the perp who they believe lives in the area. They have requested a list of all Segway owners in the city from Segway LLC.

The fancy scooter is barred from traveling on San Francisco sidewalks, but such laws apparently do not apply to the deviant side of the Segway crowd.

Earlier this year, Segway owners engaged in a far more heroic scooter pursuit when they apprehended a Segway thief in a sting operation.

That was, however, the high point for the mobile geek crowd. Segway had to recall all of its scooters earlier this year because of dangers caused by a low battery charge. During that recall, Segway was forced to admit it had sold but a few thousand of the expensive toys.

Yes, but can you use it... (5, Funny)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571911)

while wearing your tinfoil hat?

not any time soon (1)

exhilaration (587191) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571915)

The fact that no current or announced cell phones have this "magnetic induction technology", probably means that we're a few years away from mass adoption. Few people want to attach a wired adapter to their phone in order to use a wireless headset. Bluetooth still rules the land of wireless headsets! Long live Bluetooth!

Great (4, Funny)

jetkust (596906) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571916)

Now when i stand up from my computer I wont step on the chord, yank my neck, and break my headphones everytime.

Get back to work! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571957)

Who authorized you to leave your cubical?!!!

Re:Great (3, Funny)

PinternetGroper (595689) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571961)

I hate it when the chord's fall out of my headphones when I step on it :)

Re:Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572355)

Ummm...take them off first. Dumbass.

I WILL NEVER BUY THIS (-1, Troll)

Amsterdam Vallon (639622) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571918)

I grounded my daughter for a month when she bought a cellphone. I immediately tossed it into the sink and turned the garbage disposal unit on. I will not have my daughter die of cancer or suffer severe memory loss due to increased EMF around the brain cell areas.

If ANY of you use wireless or cellphones or 802.11, PREPARE to pay the price for your "convenience" a couple decades down the road.

Technology is DANGEROUS sometimes.

SHIT, A.V. IS POSTING FAGGOTRY AGAIN! WHAT A FAG! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571943)

STFU FAG!

Re:I WILL NEVER BUY THIS (1, Interesting)

ethanrider (129483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572020)

FYI: This article [cisco.com] (admittedly posted at cisco.com) has some cell phone and WIFI information, however it does not specifically address the magnetic field headsets discussed in the article. Specifically about cell phone usage:

In September 2002, The Swedish Radiation Protection Authority released a report written by two internationally well-known epidemiologists who review published studies on the relationship between the use of cellular telephones and cancer risk. The authors are Dr. John D. Boice, Jr. and Dr. Joseph K. McLaughlin from the International Epiderminology Institute, USA. In their review, no consistent evidence was observed for increased risk of health factors by wireless devices, specifically handheld cellular phones.

Yeah, OK, I'll bite. (1)

rco3 (198978) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572132)

So, you have any evidence at all that any of these things are true? You have links to peer-reviewed scientific publications? Are you, yourself, an M.D. or a Ph.D. specializing in electromagnetics? Have *you* studied the effects, harmful or otherwise, of the electromagnetic effects of the levels of RF typical of cellphones at normal usage distances? Do you understand the difference between ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation? The difference between RF and AF? Do you even know what sort of frequency range this device operates in?

Perhaps, sir, if you REALLY want to warn the rest of us, you could provide some links and some science instead of baseless fearmongering.

I need a better font (3, Funny)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571925)

I thought the company name was "MobileBum". Damn sans-serif fonts.

Re:I need a better font (1)

nacturation (646836) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572124)

I thought the company name was "MobileBum". Damn sans-serif fonts.

Incidentally, this is also why spam emails implore you to buy something so you can curn like a pr0n star.

Strange use of terms. (4, Insightful)

fireboy1919 (257783) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571938)

No phone uses magnets and induction?

I can think of a device in a phone that does.

The idea is that a coil of wire (known as an "inductor") creates a magnetic field due to an electric current that varies in strength (this is known as an "electromagnet"), which then attracts and repels it, along with a cone designed to move sound, from a permanent magnet. In other words, the movement of the electromagnet moves the cone, which moves the air to create sound. Clever isn't it? Modern, perhaps? The whole mechanism is currently known as a "speaker."

I'm sure that this is neat and modern, but the naming scheme leaves something to be desired. What does "magnetic induction" mean in this case?

Re:Strange use of terms. (4, Informative)

aero6dof (415422) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572056)

Try this whitepaper [auracomm.com] . If they can get into the same cost range, it sounds like a nice technology for personal electronic communications.

Worthless whitepaper (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572481)

It only advertises the claimed strengths of the product in more detail, with passing references to some design issues.

It gives very little in the way of details of how this thing works. In particular: how they are able to make this work with tiny little chips at both ends, where previous equipment was quite large.

It doesn't say anything about the frequency of the magnetic variance or incidental radiation. When you change a magnetic field, you emit electromagnetic radiation.

For example, to someone with a good receiver, your CRT monitor or TV is broadcasting the picture it displays. It isn't built to do this, it's just an incidental result of the design.

Re:Strange use of terms. (1)

Eccles (932) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572135)

I can think of a device in a phone that [uses magnets and induction].

I think the telecoil that works with hearing aids also does so. "Telecoil couplers allow output of a personal amplifier, FM or infrared receiver to be magnetically coupled into a hearing aid with a T-switch."

Re:Strange use of terms. (-1)

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Bout time (3, Interesting)

carn1fex (613593) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571944)

I always wondered why this effect wasnt exploited more often for short range comm. So easy in the lab to take your poorly designed digital circuit and just put an oscilliscope near and and walla, theres the data on your circuit, no modulation or other assorted rubish.

French spelling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572014)

That's "voila" not "walla".

Peon. Cretin.

Re:French spelling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572241)

Cheese eating Surrender Monkey!
Bow to the Might of Anglo-American Technology, you piss-ant frog!

You frogs really should learn how to spell like englishmen and Americans, After all you owe your pitiful existance to us!

Eater of garden pests!

Not so private? (5, Interesting)

cruff (171569) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571962)

The manufacturer's web site seems to be claiming that this gives some privacy due to the use of near field magnetic induction. However, magnetic field antennas (i.e. AM broadcast band ferrite loop stick antennas) are used commonly to receive signals. It seems that all one need do is make a loop antenna sensitive to the 13.5 MHz frequency used and you could listen in with a shortwave receiver. Unless, of course, they encrypted the signal.

Re:Not so private? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572204)

Not so private?

Since when is using a cell phone in public a "private" activity? Yelling at the top of their lungs with the phone's volume turned up so high that everyone in the room can hear the other end of the conversation.

If you want to evesdrop - no need for radio interception. Just stand within 30 feet and listen.

Re:Not so private? (2, Informative)

William Tanksley (1752) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572273)

They did encrypt the signal, and also spread-spectrum'ed it.

But you wouldn't get anything useful with your shortwave receiver; the broadcating antenna's geometry is all wrong for radio waves. I'm not sure, but IIRC your receiving antenna would have to be pretty scary, too. IANAH (I am not a ham).

-Billy

looks nice, but bulky (1)

djtripp (468558) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571966)

Looks like a nice development, but the adapter looks kinda hinder-some. Too bad they can't make it a bluetooth direct headset.

More ads (1, Interesting)

MushMouth (5650) | more than 10 years ago | (#7571967)

Do us a favour, stop posting "reviews" hosted from the products own websites.

Re:More ads (4, Funny)

hudsonhawk (148194) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572201)

...did you even click the link, or did you just look sternly at it and decide to make an angry post?

Mobile Burn [mobileburn.com] is a site that reviews cell phones and accessories.

Auracomm [auracomm.com] is the company that makes the product in question.

An idiot [reference.com] is a person of profound mental retardation having a mental age below three years unable to learn connected speech, such as the nice , pretty complete sentences used in the news item above.

Go away now.

Re:More ads (1)

MushMouth (5650) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572335)

I did click on it and the request timed out. (Maybe in the future they should have a link to the product on the companies home page, so they spread the load)

Re:More ads (1)

pangu (322010) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572214)

Except that this isn't the products own website.

Re:More ads (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572287)

Next thing you know we'll have stories about penis enlargement technology cut-and-pasted directly from a spam e-mail.

bubble? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7571988)

so if i have two of these things and i create a bubble within a bubble can i have transwarp^H^H^H^H ;)

It is not a tumor! (0, Redundant)

jmoriarty (179788) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572015)

Is this now the fastest way to give myself brain cancer? There are so many neat options on the market these days, I find it difficult to find the best solution for my particular needs. With the holiday seasons almost upon us, this could be a gift that keeps on giving.

Re:It is not a tumor! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572190)

Is this now the fastest way to give myself brain cancer? There are so many neat options on the market these days, I find it difficult to find the best solution for my particular needs. With the holiday seasons almost upon us, this could be a gift that keeps on giving.

Just browse to thinkgeek.com and get yourself the 2" thick lead helmet with blast shield. True, with the blast shield down you won't be able to hear anything, but you could try and find an audio converter in Toshi station.

Okay, this is far too lame. Gotta post this one AC.

Re:It is not a tumor! (1)

NineNine (235196) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572212)

Well, maybe /. will post an article about how to nuild your own at-home high speed particle accelerator/collider. Either that, or a "make your own fission reactor" article. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go have a smoke.

Old style comms (1)

Slashamatic (553801) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572016)

First of all, whts the big deal over Bluetooth? We have been hearing more about it dying than the "BSD" troll. Bluetooth allows multiple devices to connect up and allows recognition of capabilities.

Simple inductive loop systems were deployed many years ago for places like art galleries and museums. It works, but needs a bit of power. If the transmiter is static, no problem. Maybe the power thing is solved now, but Bluetooth is for a lot more than headsets.

kiss of death (0, Flamebait)

Eyston (462981) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572028)

I'm sure MobileBurn is ecstatic to be labeled as the next bluetooth

-Eyston

The big question (4, Interesting)

elvum (9344) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572040)

The big question is security. Magnetic induction technology is in widespread use already - post-office counters, public address systems and ticket booths are often fitted with inductive loops for the benefit of hearing-aid users, who can pick up the sound from them directly by switching their aids to a special setting.

The article doesn't say, but one hopes that the manufacturers have built some reasonably sophisticated security into their system - if not, then eavesdropping devices for them are already in widespread use. :-)

One question... (1)

Dutchmaan (442553) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572051)

Is it safe to use with my tinfoil/aluminum foil hat?

Is it alien approved?

Oh my that's two questions... SEE! I'm being controlled!

Stats (2, Informative)

hurtstotouchfire (664278) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572054)

The stats sheet [auracomm.com] is a pdf.

Apparently the range from the base is only 4-6 feet. So we're not talking portable phone quality or anything (although my POS phone only really does about 10 feet from the base without cutting out anyway).

Tinfoil Hat? (2, Interesting)

superid (46543) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572087)

I'm not sure I really want a magnetic field around my head. I recall an episode of "Scientific American Frontiers" (no energy to find link, Alan Alda, PBS, etc) with a physiologist investigating the brains ability to adapt and allocate bored portions of the brain for other tasks. They blinfolded a volunteer and showed how her optical cortex began processing tactile rather than visual inputs.

THEN, they used a magnetic field (applied via wand to the back of her head) to essentially erase/shut off/disable this new function. They were quite casual about it, and it was pretty obvious that the erasure was well established.

So, count me out!

[Kent Brockman] "...ahem....Little girl ...Likes! brain!"

Re:Tinfoil Hat? (1)

freeweed (309734) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572440)

I'm not sure I really want a magnetic field around my head.

Better leave Earth then!

Dangit! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572089)

I can hear it now...

"It looked really cool, but the first time I got a call it wiped my hard drive!"

better (1)

penguinoid (724646) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572117)

It might get interesting if this evolved into a complete wireless virtual reality helmet. That said, though, I don't want strong electromagnetic fields passing through my brain.

What a bunch of freakin' geniuses! (1)

karlandtanya (601084) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572152)

The marketing folks, that is.


Here I was thinking the thing induced a perception of sound via magnetic fields in the user's head. Without the intermediate vibrating air molecules that regular loudspeakers use.


Didn't see anything about that.


"Communication Bubble"? Holy cats--they're selling you on the wonders of limited transmitter range, people!


The signal from transmitter to earpiece is still regular old EM radiation. This thing just utilizes the B field rather than the E field. Not often used, but certainly nothing new, either.


The long pointy stick with the bulbous end fitting neatly into the docking station's groove has some appeal, though. Just good functional design, I guess.

How about fixing the ones we have? (3, Interesting)

teneighty (671401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572172)

Most phones are already fitted with an induction coil in the handset - these are there to work with hearing aids (I wear one myself). In older phones, and certain new-ish payphones these induction coils work extremely well - good clear sound, and they couple with the hearing aid well. But the vast majority of modern phones - including those labelled "hearing aid compatible" have induction coils that barely work at all. It's impossible to find a phone that works with a PABX system that has an adequate induction coil that works with a hearing aid. I looked far and wide and tried a few devices, but in the end I had to give up - there is literally no such thing as a phone or device that works with a PABX system that approaches the effectiveness of my home phone, in terms of being able to hear it. There is a third-party handset sold for this purpose (IIRC, the brand is "Walker"), but its induction coil is very weak too -- all they did was to to put a very cheap and nasty amplifier in the handset - and we all know exactly how much THAT benefits the sound quality. It would make my life a lot easier to be able to find a phone for the office that I can use. I wonder if this new gizmo could be adapted somehow...

Re:How about fixing the ones we have? (2, Insightful)

panurge (573432) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572356)

The Nokia inductive loop fitment (fits 6310s etc, do not believe what it says on the box - Nokia don't know their own product range) works superbly, though if like me you have an in-ear aid you have to put up with strangers thinking you are completely mad - holding a conversation with yourself with no visible equipment at all. There is a Motorola version which for some reason is far more expensive. Sound quality is vastly better than Bluetooth headsets etc. simply because the transducers in phones and headsets are mostly crap. I find it interesting that mobile phones look increasingly exotic while two of the bits that really matter - the input and output transducers - are so inferior compared to those used by Siemens, Widex, Starkey etc.

Why replace bluetooth? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572197)

Really, this tech seems like a great leap backwards. I can't think of any advantage except price. With bluetooth you have decent range (leave the phone on a table and walk around 10-15m away), encryption and pairing (so your headset talks to your phone, and not everyone in range) and it's already available in phone, PDAs, computers (use your headset for VoIP...).

Really, what's wrong with bluetooth?

SDIO Version... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7572224)

If they really want do in BT headsets then they should come up with a SD card that emits their fancy magnetic field to the headset. That would be nice.

I dont see myself buying this any time soon because of the brick that is needed to send the signal to the headset.

They are on to something but just not quite there yet.

Does the bubble (-1, Offtopic)

O.M.A.C. (181899) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572227)

block the reality distortion field emitted by the PHB?

And what's funny, I got a "Windows Services for UNIX" banner on the "Post Comment" page.

Calling Mr Faraday! (1)

Performer Guy (69820) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572261)

Magnetic induction.... WOW, you mean like Radio, Faraday's law & all that? This is a breakthrough, forget that Marconi guy, this magnetic induction could be the next big thing!

I'm in my bubble... (1, Funny)

theMerovingian (722983) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572277)


Can you hear me now?

magnetic induction (1, Troll)

dangil (167785) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572283)

please... who authorized such stupid article ? magnetic induction is at lease 100 years old... I am not in the mood to go look for maxwell's age and its precursors, but please... every antena uses magnetic induction...

oh, but wait.. we could lauch a better device that uses ELETRO magnetic induction ! ....

please... save me oh lord (of the rings)

Treo (1)

bucketoftruth (583696) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572303)

I have a handspring treo (love it). The headphone jack is a 3 conductor instead of the standard 2 conductor plug. It's almost impossible to find 3 conductor adaptors for the damn thing. I really want something like the auracomm headset, but if it doesn't work with a 3C plug then I'm screwed. Anyone know of a company that makes something like this?

I need more crap (2, Interesting)

NineNine (235196) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572362)

Yes. I need more crap. I need a selection of 50,000 different headsets because damnit, a telephone is just *too* heavy to pick up with my hand. I need to buy some overpriced plastic crap because I'm just that lazy. Really. Sell me some more shit, /. I'm also looking for a device that'll hold my dick while I pee, because I really can't be bothered with that much effort.

Old shit is sometimes the best shit LOL (1)

CrypticSpawn (719164) | more than 10 years ago | (#7572405)

Talk about technology that has been around since the 50's making a comeback. But if you think about it, in the 50's one would have to have four foot wide coils and cumbersome gear to make it work. How many wanna bet, wireless routers are going to be next? I wanna see your war-drive that...
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