Four microphones, computer algorithm enough to produce 3-D model of simple, convex room
Blind people sometimes develop the amazing ability to perceive the contours of the room they're in based only on auditory information. Bats and dolphins use the same echolocation technique for navigating ...
Sounds of northern lights are born close to ground
For the first time, researchers at Aalto University in Finland have located where the sounds associated with the northern lights are created. The auroral sounds that have been described in folktales and by wilderness wanderers ...
Google turns Android smartphones into interpreters
Google on Wednesday began turning Android-powered smartphones into interpreters with experimental software that lets the handsets translate conversations in real time.
Google gives glimpse of Internet glasses
Google on Wednesday gave the world a glimpse of its vision for letting people look at life through Internet-tinted glasses.
Japan scientist makes 'Avatar' robot
A Japanese-developed robot that mimics the movements of its human controller is bringing the Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar" one step closer to reality.
Robots learn to create language
Microsoft India team develop secure Peer-to-Peer acoustic NFC system
Review: Livescribe smartpen is iPad's opposite
Here's a consumer electronics riddle: What's the opposite of the iPad? Answer: the Livescribe Echo "smartpen." It's as if Livescribe and Apple both looked at the old pen-and-pad combination, but completely ...
iPhones are musical instruments in new course and ensemble (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- iPhones are being used as musical instruments in a new course at the University of Michigan.
Critically endangered whales sing like birds; new recordings hint at rebound (w/ audio)
(Phys.org) -- When a University of Washington researcher listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters off the east coast of Greenland, she was stunned at what she ...
Enterprising engineers build world's smallest microphone
Study shows side-channel phone risk via microphone and camera
'Orca ears' inspire researchers to develop ultrasensitive undersea microphone
(PhysOrg.com) -- Stanford researchers have developed a microphone that can be used at any depth in the ocean, even under crushing pressure, and is sensitive to a wide range of sounds, from a whisper in a library ...
Cockroach cyborgs use microphones to detect, trace sounds
North Carolina State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source of the sound. The technology ...