By Jonathan Kimak
The iSound, designed by Seohyun Baek, is a set of headphones that allow you to listen to your mp3 player while still hearing the background noises around you. This is good for those of you that ride your bike to work and haven’t been able to listen to music because your current headphones block everything out making it harder to notice sounds of things like oncoming traffic.
The headphones use a semi-circular design so that they don’t cover your whole ear like other headphones. This allows some background noise to find its way into your ears making the experience more like listening to a stereo. Of course this will reduce the dynamic range of the sound but it’s a trade off for safety.
This is definitely a niche product as those of us who are allergic to spandex and bicycle seats are usually trying to drown out the sounds of everyone else’s mp3 players and cellphones blaring away during rush hour.