LIVERMORE, California, May 21. FINIS out does itself as the world leader in technical swimming products with the launch and immediate availability of the Neptune MP3 Player .
The Neptune, is the next generation of the popular SwiMP3 player, using revolutionary Bone Conduction technology to transmit crystal clear audio through the cheekbone and directly into the inner ear. The unique waterproof MP3 player allows swimmers and aquatic enthusiasts to listen to music, audio books, and podcasts while working out, something that land athletes have been able to do for decades.
After over 5 years of success with the SwiMP3, FINIS has upgraded the Neptune with an integrated display and increased memory. The waterproof Neptune now has 4GB of storage and an OLED display for easy access to music, podcasts and audiobooks. The new model also utilizes the latest in Bone Conduction speakers for enhanced sound quality, and an improved file transfer compatibility with iTunes?.
“The Neptune, with its Bone Conduction technology is one of the coolest products I have ever used,” said Jason Dunford, 2008 and 2012 Olympian, and current African Record Holder. “Long aerobic workouts are made that much more enjoyable when I can listen to my favorite tunes.”
Award Winning Design
The new 3-piece Neptune design includes 2 side speakers that rest on the cheekbones and attach to any goggle strap, and a high contrast OLED screen that sits comfortably on the back of the head. Most importantly, the Neptune's hydrodynamic design does not use earbuds, creating a comfortable experience in the water. By keeping the ears free from obstruction, swimmers can still hear others around them when outside the water. The Neptune MP3 Player has already been awarded the prestigious “red dot award: product design 2013″ for high design quality.
High-Quality Bone Conduction Audio
As humans, we are able to detect sound vibrations through the air via our eardrums (Air Conduction) or through our bones directly into our inner ear (Bone Conduction). Because there is no air under the water, Bone Conduction is the best way to hear audio while swimming.
The speakers of the Neptune sit on the cheek, just in front of the ear. These speakers vibrate the jaw bones and send vibrations to the inner-ear or Cochlea. The result is an amazing audio experience that makes it feel as if the music is playing inside your head. The ears are free and clear, and there are no earbuds to mess with.
Bone Conduction is a safe and proven method of sound transmission that has been used in phone headsets and hearing aids. In fact, Bone Conduction audio is used by whales and dolphins to listen to one another underwater.
“The Neptune is the next big product from FINIS and is a perfect example of how we continue to modernize our products based on consumer needs,” said FINIS CEO, John Mix. “Over the years, we have researched the best ways to listen to music underwater and Bone Conduction has been extremely popular with swimmers. The new speaker quality of the Neptune is unlike anything out there in the market and the Neptune will be resonating with swimmers all over the world.”
The Neptune's 4GB of storage holds approximately 1000 songs or 60 hours of playback. The device is compatible with iTunes? and plays all popular formats including AAC, MP3 and WMA files. The Neptune also comes with a charging cable that allows for quick song upload and a drawstring mesh bag for storage.
Founded in 1993 in Northern California, FINIS was started by John Mix and Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Pablo Morales. The Monofin and the Swimmer's Snorkel were the first products they developed for the US market; afterwards, they continued to focus on creating training tools for swimmers and coaches worldwide. FINIS products are currently available in over 65 countries and are used by US and International Olympic teams, elite triathletes, and fitness swimmers.
Innovative research and design is FINIS' highest priority. This dedication has resulted in truly unique products such as: the Swimmer's Snorkel, which is recognized as the paramount tool to improve a swimmer's technique, the SwiMP3 that uses bone conduction technology to transmit music into the inner ear instead of using ear buds, and the Z2 Zoomers fins, which demonstrate an intimate understanding of swimming musculature, hydrodynamics, and engineering.
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