In this episode, Josh and Braeden talk with VIBES Headphones founder and CEO Simba Wakatama. We talk about bone conduction technology, problems related to traditional headphones, music and society, and the future of wearable tech. Simba also shared his experience as an entrepreneur and some ideas related to business ethics.
SHOW NOTES & LINKS
Bone Conduction headphones (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_conduction)
Aftershokz company for bone conducting headphones on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Aftershokz-AS300-Wraparound-Headphones-Conduction/dp/B007003IO8)
Military grade bone conduction technology (https://www.safariland.com/products/comms-and-hearing-protection/headsets/bone-conduction-headsets/)
Beethoven history of using bone conduction technology (https://aftershokz.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/beethoven-and-bone-conduction-technology-hearing-loss-solutions/)
(2:25-5:00) We talk about bone conduction headphones and how they bypass the outer ear and what that means for the hearing impaired. More people can hear music with these headphones safely.
(5:35-8:21) We discuss what the main consumer base would benefit from this technology (people who can hear fine).
(8:30-9:40) We bring up laws regarding driving and using the headphones. Are they a medical device or not?
(12:58-17:10) We discuss the design and user experience of Simba's bone conduction headphones.
(17:42-18:40) We mention current and previous office dynamics and the shift from cubicle to open concept workplaces.
(20:00-23:55) We dabble in the philosophy of business and why a product is invented. We discuss the invention of the Muse meditation headband (http://www.choosemuse.com/)
(27:00-30:10) We bring up the future of wearable tech and Augmented reality.
(30:20-33:10) We discuss medical use cases for music/sound and why music is produced at 434Hz Vs. 440Hz (https://ascendingstarseed.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/what-is-432-hz-tuning/)
(35:15-40:15) We discuss Entrepreneurship and Ethics. We also discuss the purpose of starting a business.
(40:30-43:01) We bring up benefits of bone conduction technology and how we perceive thoughts (can we hear thoughts/memories?).