May 22, 2008 3:27 pm

SwiMP3Memorial Day is just around the corner, and here at InventHelp that marks the unofficial beginning of summer. One of the best things about summer is lounging away at the pool (when I’m not busy testing the latest gadgets, of course).

Then again, the world of gadgets sometimes has a rare gem to offer. The SwiMP3, for example, feeds my love of gadgets, water AND music! As you may have gathered from the name, the SwiMP3 is an MP3 player that you can use underwater. Swimming is a great full-body workout, and workouts and music go together like peas and carrots (or so Forrest Gump would say).

The SwiMP3’s technology is interesting; in fact, you don’t place anything in your ear. The device transmits sound via “bone conduction” – which InventHelp’s Invention Girl thought sounded a bit ghoulish at first.

Here’s how it works: the body of the device sits at the back of the head, and the two peripheral attachments are then affixed to the swimmer’s cheekbones. Water warps the sound of music normally, but by directing the sound through the cheekbone and into the inner ear, swimmers can enjoy sound that’s as crystal clear as the water.

Extra features like bass boost, a shuffle option and a 4-hour battery life round out the device. The SwiMP3 retails for $250 and can be purchased online at It even comes with a pair of goggles!-/55df07d510d001440679893–>

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