Sound-mufflers chuck acoustic sleep blanket at the noise-plagued

Tin-rattlers punt cure for raucous neighbours

Ever wondered why the Bose-style noise-cancelling technology can’t be made to work for rooms? Actually it can, but getting it to muffle sudden noises such as dogs barking or gunshots, so your sleep isn’t broken, and doing so at consumer prices represents a whole new set of challenges.

A new Kickstarter project from sound-dampeners Cambridge Sound Management claims to do just that, with a consumer-priced “sound blanket”. The company has been reducing ambient noise for 25 years, but the Kickstarter Nightingale brings the price down to around $249.

Nightingale claims to be the first “home sleep system” masking noises. The trick appears to be muffling the location of the intrusive sound. A one-room kit consists of two wall-mounted speakers and integrates with home IoT kit such as Amazon’s Alexa, Nest and Philips Hue via IFTTT.

You can find the Kickstarter project here and CSM here. If you know of similar work – and it can be a DIY rig of your own – do let us know in the comments. ®


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