Perhaps the most exciting new application of sound technology in recent years is ultrasonic speaker arrays. They use a highly-concentrated form of sound (something like a sound “laser”) to direct it to a specific location. This means that someone on the couch can be watching TV with full surround sound, while someone else can be elsewhere in the same room in relaxing silence!
If you’re a parent, and your kids play a lot of video games, just imagine the benefits. Your kid scan stay up late with their friends, can play as loud and long as they want, and you can still get rest yourself. Just four or five years ago, this would have been impossible.
Ultrasound and Hypersound
Ultrasonic speakers are often referred to as hypersound speakers, and are a totally novel way of producing sound. Normal speakers kind of work like a reverse human ear. There is a speaker cone that vibrates within to produce sound, which is then amplified and directed at a wide area. With traditional speakers, there’s always a “best” spot to listen, someplace where the sound is the least distorted, but this place is difficult to find because the long wavelengths the traditional speaker creates means that the sound permeates the whole room, bouncing off the walls, colliding against each other.
With an ultrasonic speaker, a “beam” of sound is condensed, similar to the way light is condensed by a laser, and then projected across a distance directly to the ear of a listener. With this pinpoint accuracy, volume and clarity of your sound are totally under your control. With normal speakers, even high end audio systems in Chicago, the further to the side of your speaker array you get, the more distorted and quiet your sound, while the closer to the center of your array you are, the louder and clearer your sound. With ultrasonic sound, you always have near-perfect reproduction.
Most arrays are set up to distribute sound to your couch area, allowing clear sound for anyone watching the television, and silence to anyone elsewhere in the room. But truly the technology can be so precise that, if you wanted, you could direct a message to a single person in a crowd using an ultrasonic array, such that you could whisper to them a secret that not even someone standing right next to them would be able to hear. As you can imagine, this technology has a number of very important applications in its future.
The Future of Sound Technology
The single downside to current ultrasonic speaker setups is that, while ultrasonic speakers are excellent at reproducing high and mid sounds with remarkable clarity and accuracy, most arrays are still not so great at reproducing powerful lows. This means sound often lacks depth when compared with other high end audio systems in Chicago, especially when listening to music, or watching movies with bass-heavy soundtracks, such as movies with explosions.
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