If you've tired of putting in laps at the pool because of the solitude, the Aquanaut Aqua FM snorkel could be ideal. The lightweight snorkel has an inbuilt FM radio and send the music to the ear via bone conduction, removing the need for wires or earplugs. Bone conduction is a relatively new technology but suddenly seems to be popping up in Gizmo every second week. There was the bone conduction headset, the bone conduction phone, the bone conduction pillow and now this.The AquaFM uses a mouthpiece designed to transmit sound directly through the teeth, bypassing the external ear. Though we haven't tested the device, the manufacturers claim the sound quality is outstanding.The AquaFM is waterproof to 10 metres and uses two AAA batteries. Made in France, the snorkel isn't cheap at AUD$249, and it could definitely do with an upgrade to MP3 status at the next iteration, but it does give you an opportunity to tune in while putting in laps.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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