Researchers discover way to allow 80 percent of sound to pass through walls
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 ...
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 ...
Study shows side-channel phone risk via microphone and camera
Commentary: Kindle Fire HD is attractive, but still no iPad-killer
The new Kindle Fire HD may not stir you to pass along your old iPad as a hand-me-down. But if you own an earlier small tablet running on Android or another operating system, or even last year's original Kindle ...
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 ...
Researchers discover the African cichlid's noisy courtship ritual
African cichlids enjoy an alien, exotic courtship routine. A dominant male attracts choice females to his territory by dancing seductively. If the female is sufficiently impressed, she lays her eggs and immediately ...
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.
TVs you can talk to, without sounding crazy
Talking to the TV is usually a sign of extreme agitation, mental instability or loneliness. TV manufacturers are set to make it a more rational behavior this year, with a range of sets that respond to speech.
Enterprising engineers build world's smallest microphone
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 ...
The moaning mouth bot learns to sing (w/ video)
'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 ...