When it comes to quiet and personal audio listening, you probably think headphones. Wired or bluetooth, over-ear or earbuds, doesn’t matter. They’re headphones.
But audio tech company Noveto Systems has something else in mind. Really in mind. They’re working on a new “sound beaming technology” that will, as its name suggests, beam sound directly into your ears.
The official name of their current prototype audio “desktop device” is SoundBeamer 1.0, and it works by beaming ultrasonic waves right into a bubble around your ears. That means you, and only you, hear the sounds being made.
The Associated Press recently ran a feature on the new tech, along with some illustrations of how it works:
SoundBeamer 1.0 also tracks ear movements, so you can move your head freely and the sound will follow you. As SoundBeamer Product Manager Ayana Wallater told AP, “It follows you wherever you go. So it’s personally for you — follows you, plays what you want inside your head.”
Yeah, the future is and shall remain a weird place.
According to AP, while this isn’t the first technology to accomplish direct-to-ear beaming, Noveto Systems’ solution will be the first ready for consumers. It’s set to release by Christmas 2021.