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Keep your voice down in the data centre, the HDDs have ears! I SAID, KEEP...

It must be one of the worst ways to build a microphone imaginable, tapping into a disk drive's nanosecond head stops as it waits for the vibrations caused by sound to cease, but it has been done. When sound meets a disk drive, the sonic vibrations cause a shaking in the disk drive and the platters vibrate. The drive's control …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2017
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The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

Boffins believe they have successfully demonstrated the sound a single atom makes when excited - even though it is completely inaudible to the human ear. The researchers at the University of Columbia and Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology "captured" the very soft sound, according to a paper published in Science journal …
Team Register, 13 Sep 2014
Two teenage girls - one whispering in other's ear

BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

Vid Run a camera fast enough and its images can capture sound from the way nearby objects vibrate, according to boffins from MIT, Adobe and Microsoft. The experiments, announced by MIT, worked so well that they claimed to have recovered sound from the leaves of plants, and the vibration of a crisp packet. The latter, as the …

Billionaire engineer Ray Dolby, 80, dies at home in San Francisco

Obit Ray Dolby, the engineer who for most of the last half century has improved our ability to record and play high-fidelity sound and who founded Dolby Labs, has passed away at his home in San Francisco after being diagnosed with acute leukemia earlier in the year. "Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary," said Kevin …
Iain Thomson, 13 Sep 2013
Igarashi Design Interfaces Project proximity headphones

Boffins out earbuds that sound right when inserted wrong

Researchers have devised a method of automatically adjusting a stereo signal to match whichever ears a pair of earphones are squeezed into. At last, the days of squinting to see the tiny Ls and Rs on your phones may finally be at an end. A group from the Igarashi Design Interfaces Project in Tokyo put a proximity sensor into …
Caleb Cox, 2 Feb 2012
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Japanese boffins demo sound-powered vibe lights

Boffins at the University of Tokyo have been demonstrating LED lights driven by directional sound waves, but reckon the technology for delivering electricity has even better applications. The installation consists of LEDs hung on wires around a large room, each LED being accompanied by a brace of microphones which pick up …
Bill Ray, 21 Nov 2011
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Sony signs development deal with Aussie audiophiles

Sony has signed a joint development agreement with Australian audio technology company Audio Pixels Holdings. The deal will see Sony funding the lion's share of costs associated with turning Audio Pixels' technology patents into a mass-manufacturable product. ASX listed Audio Pixels chairman Fred Bart said the he anticipated …
Richard Grant speaker designs

Custom speakers that should be seen as well as heard

Audio speakers come in various shapes and sizes, but it's rare to find sets as funky as these. The speakers, built to order by British designer Richard Grant, are made from Polyurethane glass fibre resin and come in a variety of ornamental packages, including a rocket-like droid and a Ghanaian ritual mask. Richard Grant …
Caleb Cox, 4 Jul 2011
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Jaybird Freedom wireless Bluetooth buds

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Caleb Cox, 16 Jun 2011
Jabra Rhythm

Jabra Rhythm smartphone headphones

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Caleb Cox, 13 Jun 2011
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Boffin quests for, finds 'earphone Holy Grail'

Whenever I try to wear earphones, I spend more time attempting to fit their rubbery tips snugly in my lugs than I do untangling the ever-knotted spaghetti junction of cable. Designers have battled for years to tackle the issue, but with a "Diaphonic Lens" they may finally have the solution. These miniature balloon-tipped …
Caleb Cox, 17 May 2011
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Turn your mobile phones in to a live gig speaker

Do you experience muffled audio at festivals because you're surrounded by taller people or the speakers are too far away? There's an app for that. Jakob Eg Larsen and a team from the Technical University of Denmark have created a tool that allows sound from live shows to be transmitted into the mobile handsets of those …
Caleb Cox, 25 Feb 2011
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Ten... over-ear headphones

Product Round-up Personal music is an everyday part of most people's lives and at at the end of the chain, it's the gear we use to pump out the audio that impacts most obviously on the listening experience. If you want to raise your game from the freebies given out with a PMP or just fancy a quality set of headphones for the home, then where to …
Caleb Cox, 18 Feb 2011
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Sharp submits skinny sound solution

Sharp has upped the volume on laptops this month with the launch of an extension speaker system, the Mini Sound Bar. Sharp CP-USB50 Powered by USB, the Sharp CP-USB50 Mini Sound Bar is a 2.1 channel system that offers plug and play extension for most computers. Compatible with Win 2k onwards and Mac OS X 9 or beyond, the bar …
Caleb Cox, 14 Jan 2011
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Spanish boffins develop bat-like sonar-vision superpower

A team of Spanish boffins say they have developed a method of giving humans the power of echolocation or "biosonar" - used by bats for flying at night, and of course by the superhero Daredevil. "In certain circumstances, we humans could rival bats in our echolocation or biosonar capacity", says Juan Antonio Martínez of the …
Lewis Page, 1 Jul 2009

Shure SE102 sound-isolating earphones

Review Using cheap earphones on your expensive MP3 player is as pointless as spending all your money on a triple SLI graphics set-up and using a 14in CRT to watch it all on. You can argue that to enjoy music, you just need to be able to hear it – and the number of people still using the standard earphones that came with their iPods …
Andrew Miller, 13 Nov 2008
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Finns develop mobe sleep-cycle alarm app

Finnish academics have developed a mobile phone app which monitors sleep patterns and delivers a morning alarm when the user is naturally ready to wake up. HappyWakeUp® in a company action shot The "Arousal Phone" in action. Pic: Smart Valley Software. Called "HappyWakeUp®", the tech uses the phone's microphone to monitor …
Lewis Page, 24 Sep 2008
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Navy sonar dolphin 'massacre' - the facts

Analysis For the last twenty-four hours or so the news has been full of beached dolphins, following incidents since Monday near Falmouth in which more than 70 of the marine mammals got into trouble and reportedly up to 30 have died. Various theories have been advanced for the mass stranding, the largest seen in Britain for a quarter- …
Lewis Page, 11 Jun 2008

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