Top Invention of The Week #5 – 3D SOUND

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11 April 2016

The sound is an important part of our life. Sounds helps us relax, have fun and concentrate. In a world of 3d sound its been hard to capture that in headphones. Not anymore. Behold  OSSIC X: The first 3D audio headphones calibrated to you.

 

Virtual reality video games may plunge headset wearers into a realistic world, but the experience can’t be said to be truly immersive without believable sound too. Now with these pair of headphones that claim to deliver 3D sound, gamers can hear footsteps behind them, or gunshots coming from the right, for example. The headphones do this using ‘3D audio algorithms,’ head-tracking technology and sensors to mimic the way we hear in real-life. This exciting technology could also enable one day to help people watch virtual reality movies to more immersive.  Think about IT!

The headphones are designed to work with VR headsets without built-in earphones (pictured), so gamers can hear bursts of sound coming from all around them
The headphones are designed to work with VR headsets without built-in earphones (pictured), so gamers can hear bursts of sound coming from all around them        Image: Kickstarter

The Ossic X headphones are claimed to be ‘the world’s first headphone that instantly calibrates to the listener, increasing the sense of auditory space, and acoustically recreating the way you hear the world every day.’

The San Diego-based start-up said we all hear the world differently based on the size of our heads and shape of our ears, which plays a critical role in defining how sound enters our ears.

Traditional headphones don’t cater for this, so sound appears to be close to the head, rather than coming from all around.

To solve this problem, the Ossic X headphones are said to calibrate to the listener’s head to provide more accurate sound placement, ’10 times’ more immersive than traditional sets.

The calibration process starts when the headset is put on when data is instantly analysed by algorithms to determine accurate sound playback based on a person’s anatomy.More precise details about how it works are kept under wraps, but the device has large echo-free ear chambers to boost sound quality and depth.The company believes its technology will provide a better experience for people playing games, listening to music, watching TV or using a VR headset.It is raising money to put the headphones into production on Kickstarter, where the headphones are priced from $249 (£176).

The headphones are claimed to be 'the world's first headphone that instantly calibrates to the listener, increasing the sense of auditory space (illustrated) and acoustically recreating the way you hear the world'
The headphones are claimed to be ‘the world’s first headphone that instantly calibrates to the listener, increasing the sense of auditory space (illustrated) and acoustically recreating the way you hear the world’ Image: Kickstarter

 

The company believes its technology will provide a better experience for people playing games, listening to music, watching TV  or using a VR headset. Virtual reality sound revolutionise the way we hear our media and this company seems to think so. But What do you think of This invention?  #BCUSCRACTCHGEEK

Images and Videos Courtesy of Kickstarter.

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