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The Technological Breakthough of 1979: THE BONE FONE!

Photo courtesy of Addye Joyfantastic

Invented by Bill Hass, the Bone Phone was a Spandex-covered portable radio that one could drape over their shoulders and instead of using headphones, it sends the sound through your bones and directly into your head.

Originally retailing for $69.95, this invention quickly sold over 100,000 units before dropping the price by twenty bucks in 1981 before slowly fading out over the next two years.


Joggers, cyclists and disco roller skaters loved this device that was heavily marketed at Radio Shack retail locations nationwide.

My father had purchased one and it truly was a pretty neat device.  You could listen to the radio, adjust the volume and hear the environment around you; and not a single sound could be heard by anyone else.  At five pounds it was a little cumbersome, but it was certainly unique.

And now, like most technological gadgets of the era, it’s mostly forgotten by the masses.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Brad

    October 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Used to love riding my bike (a classic Peugeot in a coincidentally matching sky blue) – around the city wearing my bone fones, they were also great chic magnets (actually great conversation starters, but hey, these are my memories!!)

  2. Drew

    November 17, 2019 at 11:36 am

    still have mine if anyone wants it.

    • Bob Vickroy

      November 26, 2019 at 8:31 pm

      I would be interested in your Radio Shack Bone Phone. Contact me by e-mail.

  3. Zaphod Beeblebrox

    November 18, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Still have my RadioShack Bone Fone with the lovely purple cover. 🙂

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