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i-Beam's Bubble Sound Barrier Concept Brought to Life at E3

The Future Is Now: i-Beam's Bubble Barrier Comes to Life

I was cleaning up my iPhoto library the other day and came across a photo I took at E3 that features a familiar-looking contraption. The bubble on the right isolates sound so you can hear music (or in this case, games) in a noisy room. Look familiar? It's a look-alike to the i-Beam Bubble Sound Barrier that I featured a few months back, except instead of keeping sounds in like the i-Beam does, this one amplifies whatever is underneath it for better hearing.

I love it when I see concept items in the real world. It makes me realize how quickly we're moving forward in technology and innovation. I gotta be honest with you, though, there are a few more concept items on my hot list that I'd like to see made into real working products. I suppose it's only a matter of time.

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elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 6 years
they have one of those things at my whole foods! i'm not kidding. i didn't know what it was until i walked under it and went "oooooo000oooohhhh"
Phil Phil 6 years
All very interesting. The concept (though dissimilar) reminds me of Woody Norris' TED talk about his sound focusing (like laser beams with light) inventions (particularly his Hypersonic Sound invention): http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/woody_norris_invents_amazing_things.html I imagine we're not too far off from having personal audio devices using the same type of technology in which sound is concentrated toward the sole intended consumer without the necessity of a physical barrier. Cubicles would be far less dreadful places to work.
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