Whether you’ve jumped on the AirPods bandwagon or are still wrestling with cords (me), soon earphones may be a thing of the past. Perhaps just as landlines are outdated to a new era of smartphones. Israeli company, Noveto Systems, has debuted new audio technology dubbed ‘sound beaming’, with the desktop device allowing the ability to send sound directly to the listener.
According to the Associated Press, a sensing module locates and tracks ear positioning and sends ultrasonic waves to the listener through a ‘beam’ of sound. The sound can follow the listener’s ears while users can physically move out of the path of the sound beam to turn off the stream of audio.
While CEO Christophe Ramstein finds it hard to put the concept into words: “The brain doesn’t understand what it doesn’t know,” he tells the publication, AP describes the sensation as 3-D sound “so close it feels like it’s inside your ears while also in front, above and behind them.” Sound beaming will allow users to listen to music, sit on a zoom call or watch videos without disturbing people around them – a #WFH winner.
Reminiscent of a small speaker, Noveto’s SoundBeamer 1.0 desktop device will be the first branded consumer product.
Elon Musk is working on similar technology, however sound will be delivered via a “chip” directly to your brain. Neuralink is currently being tested but Noveto sounds far less invasive if you ask us.
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