Unique bone-conduction wearable lets swimmers listen to music and podcasts underwater

Swimming is one of the top exercises of all time, providing full-body cardio, resistance training, and the ability to stay cool while exercising all in one shot. However, it has one major drawback – you can’t listen to music while swimming. “One of the issues that swimmers face during their training is that sometimes swimming becomes monotonous. After a while swimming from one end of the pool to the other gets boring,” say the designers behind SONR, the world’s first sound device focused on swimming. Designed to be the swimming equivalent of popping in AirPods while hitting the gym, the SONR Music is a unique wearable designed to help swimmers listen to music, podcasts and directions while underwater. The puck-shaped device slips under your cap or goggles, sits firmly against the back of your head and uses bone conduction technology to deliver the sound to you. It is designed for you to ‘hear’ sound by delivering vibrations to your inner ear through the bones in your skull. That means your ears remain free to stay open or wear earplugs while swimming.

Designer: SONR Inc.

SONR’s journey began with the same flagship device, which focused on allowing swimmers to listen to their trainers/instructors while swimming. Combined with a walkie-talkie that delivered the coach’s speech in real time, SONR allowed the swimmer to hear his coach even as he moved through the water. The SONR Music takes the technology of its predecessor and builds on it by adding Bluetooth functionality to the device. Pair it with your phone and the SONR Music lets you listen to tunes or podcasts while you swim. Create a playlist and you could be in the water for hours without getting bored… or having negative intrusive thoughts affect your exercise/performance. motivation and focus.

SONR Music’s one-size-fits-all design makes it perfect for almost anyone. It slips right under your cap or under the strap of your goggles, and in a moment, you’ll forget it’s even there. The device plays sound by delivering vibrations directly to your inner ear by going around the entire ear drum. You can also listen to music while listening to noise around you, or wear earplugs to hear your music/podcasts better. The device is designed to be water resistant up to 5ATM, and here’s the kicker – it works just as well on land too, allowing you to use it while cycling, trekking and exercising. Conversely, you could also use it while surfing or windsurfing.

The SONR Music also works with locally stored files, offering the ability to swim in larger pools without your Bluetooth connection stuttering or faltering. Athletes can store audio files (music, podcasts, motivational audio) directly on the SONR Music and have them play back while swimming. The device has a battery life of 8 hours, and a built-in memory of 8Gb. Each SONR Music ships with a goggle clip, USB charging cable, and swim ear plugs.

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