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Posts Tagged ‘ Sound ’

What Is 4D Sound?


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ViviTouch 4D Sound was developed with EAP (Electroactive Polymers). Pioneered by Bayer, EAP is an incredibly thin and flexible film that can be used as a flexible capacitor. The proprietary dielectric polymer expands when exposed to an electrical current and contracts when electricity is discharged. Stretchable electrodes are printed on either sides of the EAP film. Furthermore, by printing a specific frame pattern, a developed planer actuator acts as a new type of electrical motor converting electrical energy directly into mechanical motion.

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The printed film is designed into an overthe‐ear headphone, these polymer motors move the skin around the user’s ears and generates a very realistic subwoofer experience similar to what one would normally feel only in a concert hall or movie theatre. The electro-active polymer has 10x faster response time and covers a broad frequency range. 4D Sound can generate thousands of unique sensations and enables a full spectrum of sensory sound.

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Science vs. Music.


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Sound in science is defined as ‘vibrations transmitted through an elastic material or a solid, liquid, or gas, with frequencies‘, but once you incorporate the vastness of what sound is capable of, things can get pretty interesting.  Artist Nigel Stanford displays this perfectly with his demonstration Cymatics.  Check the video below, and click the pic to see more of “Solar Echoes” work.

Clearview Clio Invisible Speaker


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Unlike any speaker we’ve seen in the past, the Clio utilizes a transparent acrylic glass stereo transducer to produce the sound. Due to the innovative design of the speaker (using the brand’s proprietary Edge Motion technology) sound can easily fill an entire space, making it great for not only music but also as surround sound  for your home entertainment system. Clio uses Bluetooth technology, letting you seamlessly pair any device with the speaker wirelessly. While the top portion of the speaker is optically clear, the base is available in three different color options including dark bronze, charcoal, and silver.

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Grado Headphones Handmade From Whiskey Barrels


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Actor Elijah Wood is apparently quite the audiophile, and he and his DJing partner Zach Cowie designed these truly unique cans along with help from Bushmills Irish Whiskey and the headphone legends at Grado. The Bushmills x Grado Labs Headphone is handcrafted from the recycled white oak bodies from the wood of old barrels from Bushmills Distillery in Ireland. Featuring Grado’s first vented back design and a custom brown leather headband, these headphones promise to deliver Grado’s classic sound.

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UNstudio Envision Nippon Moon Giant Observation Wheel, Japan


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International practice UNstudio was commissioned by ferris wheel investment to develop a giant observation wheel in Japan, an amusement structure that is widely popular as a form of entertainment for the island nation. ‘Nippon moon’ has been envisioned to differ from existing ones of its kind with a comprehensive interactive system, developed in partnership with experientia who assisted in providing research on how behaviour could influence user’s interaction with the architectural and digital infrastructure. One’s all-encompassing experience is largely influenced by an accompanying augmented reality app which focuses on three main areas: discovery, the ride and the return. Upon reservation, one must choose the type of virtual journey they wish to take, as each single or double-story capsule has a different theme relating to history, culture, or the environment. From the moment you buy your ticket, the interaction begins. The digital AR platform allows users to see how many seconds are left until their departure. Upon arrival, participants have the freedom to view the welcome area and facilities in ‘active queuing’, instead of waiting in a traditional line for their turn. Upon embarking, the app which works for smartphones and tablets also functions intuitively with each of the pod’s transparent technological skin, becoming a communication device between cars. this kind of information tailors a one-of-a-kind experience, enhancing one’s perception of their chosen topic. One’s senses are further heightened through the integration of augmented animations and sounds. Afterward pictures taken by visitors are posted to the hall of fame in the lobby, becoming a continuous part of the journey after disembarking. Thus, the design creates an active learning environment for riders with the hope to create a significant memory and impact on japanese culture. The concept of observation wheels is not new, but UNstudio’s concept combines design, with engineering to create a fully integrated virtual world.

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Sonic Water


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The fascination of ‘sonic water’ by media artists Sven Meyer & Kim Pörksen, is rooted in their ability to aesthetically express sound as a visual experience. The installation produces constantly transforming images which react when a user adds content to the liquid mix. Water in small containers act as flexible three-dimensional sculptures that translate sounds into kinetic imagery. Through the use of  light and speakers, the water tanks produce wave patterns depending on different audible frequencies, reflecting on the process of changing chaos and order. By following the law of the golden section, the liquid soundscapes react like forces of nature, reproducing identical vibrational patterns found in the tones of the solar system. [Click on the picture below to watch the video.]

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Counterbalanced Turntable by Hammacher Schlemmer


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Listening to records is old school cool. Vinyl is still in circulation so having a means to play them is important. The sound quality might not be that great so investing in a newer design might be best. Gadget brand Hammacher Schlemmer put out a Counterbalanced Turntable that delivers crisp, clear sound. Equipped with all kinds of high tech mechanisms including dual counter-rotating decks that spin counter-clockwise to cancel out unwanted noise and twin plinths that can’t transfer sound. This design won the Best Sound High Fidelity Award by Munich High End which is the biggest high-end award to be had.

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