Sony has unveiled Concept N, a set of ear-free headphones that sit around your neck and direct audio up towards your ears instead of using earbuds, allowing you to listen to music and remain aware of your surroundings.

As part of the company's Future Lab initiative, the SXSW reveal explained that sound is played up towards your ears from speakers built into the neckband, though an optional set of earpieces that sit behind the ear can be worn for added clarity. There are also voice control and a camera features, functioning like a more basic version of Google Glass.

Concept N is still in the prototype stage.