WIRED
October 1994

Almost an Implant

My mom used to tell me not to put anything smaller than my elbow in my ear. I just broke Mom's rule, and it was worth it.

A single bud earphone, called the "World's Smallest FM Radio," comes with hard-shell carrying case, two different detachable antennae (a short, stiff wire for local reception and a longer, flexible wire for more pull), and an extra pair of tiny, commonly adjustable batteries. It's comfortable, thanks to its diminutive size and weight, and a handy ear clip helps it stay in place.

Don't expect it to compete with a Walkman though. You can't skip to your favorite station -- the scan button jumps one station at a time with each push, and the reset button starts at the beginning. Also, the power switch serves as a two-position volume control, and "high" isn't very, in a noisy crowd it's not so hot, but in a quiet park or building it's fine. And, hey, it sounds better than your elbow.

-- Andy Eddy

FM Sounds US$19.95
American Technology Corporation +1 (619) 679-2114

 

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