Getting in a good swim and listing to your favorite tunes need not be mutually exclusive thanks to the newly-released, underwater MP3 player called Duo. This highly advanced subaquatic music player from FINIS allows swimmers to listen to music while water-bound, all without earbuds. Naturally, we were pretty excited to check it out.
Duo uses patented bone conduction technology, where audio waves are transferred through the cheekbones and into the inner ear. The result is crystal clear sound that’s better than what you’d expect with earbuds. To use the gadget, simply place the sleek pads over each cheekbone, underneath the strap of your goggles for a secure, unobtrusive and comfortable fit. From there, swim and sway away, while enjoying uninterrupted music underwater. Because the Duo is compatible with iTunes, it’s easy to transfer files onto the device, meaning you can also listen to audiobooks and podcasts. If you put language learning or other educational content onto it, you can even study while you swim.
With accessible control buttons, it’s easy to change and navigate through the tracks as you go, pausing, starting and stopping the audio playback on-the-fly. Gold-plated connection pins allow for quick and easy file upload and charging, while also preventing water corrosion. In fact, Duo is entirely waterproof and can withstand up to 22 feet for 30 minutes, with a lithium-ion battery that gives seven hours of use on a single charge.
Available in dark grey/mint and black/acid green, Duo retails for $119 and has a 4 GB capacity that can hold up to 1,000 songs (unprotected MP3 and WMA files) or 60 hours of playback.