Binaudios – giant binocular-turned-headphones let you hear all of the city’s sounds

Binaudios

Binaudios

As part of the Thinking Digital Conference, artist Dominic Wilcox and creative technologist James Rutherford dreamt up Binaudios, an oversized public listening device which lets visitors experience the sounds of Newcastle, UK in a completely new way. (Video)

 

 

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Upbeat Music Creates Illusion That Everyone Around You Is Happy

Upbeat Music Creates Illusion That Everyone Around You Is Happy 

Experts say that listening to Girls Aloud can convince you that other people are in a good mood

Listening to cheerful music can be one way to put you in a good mood on the way into work.  But beware – it can also make you think that everyone else feels just as happy as you do.

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‘Acoustic Fingerprints’ Can Be Used For Identification

‘Acoustic Fingerprints’ Can Be Used For Identification 

iPods and mobile phones could be fitted with antitheft devices that detect ‘acoustic fingerprints’ so they only work when they are being used by the registered owner

Researchers have discovered that they can identify individuals from the faint sounds made deep inside the human ear and are now developing security devices using the technology.

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Jet-Works Engine Demonstrates Inner Workings Of Turbines

Jet Works Engine Demonstrates Inner Workings Of Turbines

This toy jet engine is not going to fly you anywhere, but it’ll sure demonstrate what goes on inside those fiery turbines. Your kid can learn how to be a jet engine mechanic, putting together the kit’s 50 parts, and then adjusting thrust, speed and engine sounds with the battery-operated model’s control panel.

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NightWave: Sleep Assistant

NightWave:  Sleep Assistant 

If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, there’s a good chance it’s because you’re stressed about something, and are unable to get into a relaxed state. But there are many solutions on the market designed to help you calmly drift off when you climb into bed, and the NightWave is one of them. Instead of sounds, medication or a novelty sized club to the head, the NightWave uses a soft blue light that’s just barely visible in a darkened bedroom. The luminance of the light rises and falls, and the idea is that you’re supposed to lay in bed with your eyes open and synchronize your breathing with the light. Over time the rising and falling will become slower and slower, which is supposed to relax your body to the point where you’ll drift off to sleep.

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Vocal Joystick Allows Disabled To Use Computers

Vocal Joystick Allows Disabled To Use Computers 

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed the ‘Vocal Joystick’ software, which allows disabled people to use computers in a better way. The software allows the computer to be driven by sound, in pace of the conventional functioning mouse. The difference between the Vocal Joystick and other technologies is that it does not use standard voice recognition technology and instead detects basic sounds at about 100 times a second and generates a fluid and adaptive cursor movement. It is said that the system allows users to exploit large sets of sounds for continuous and discrete movement. The Vocal Joystick does the job with the help of a microphone, computer with a standard sound card and a user who can vocalize.

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