"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
As far as I know, Gernsback was the first person to formally describe a device using bone conduction to transmit sound; he received a patent in 1924.
Here are the figures that accompanied Gernsback's 1923 patent filing for the Acoustic Apparatus:
See the original patent filing (pdf).
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