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Focus a beam of sound at objects or into your head!  This project is a follow up to my widely successful previous Kickstarter campaign.
Focus a beam of sound at objects or into your head! This project is a follow up to my widely successful previous Kickstarter campaign.
458 backers pledged $73,753 to help bring this project to life.

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Soundlazer "Snap" - The Directional Parametric Speaker

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THE SOUNDLAZER PROJECT

The Soundlazer directional audio project is the continuation of my first and very successful project here on Kickstarter.   I developed the Soundlazer "Snap" during my quest to lower the cost of this amazing technology and give backers the opportunity to explore new possibilities in directional audio.

WHAT IS A SOUNDLAZER?

Parametric speakers like the Soundlazer are directional speaker systems.  They use ultrasonic carrier waves to transmit audio to listeners in a focused beam of sound that acts like light from a laser. Generally speaking, only the person standing in front of a parametric speaker can hear the audio being transmitted. People to the sides of the directional audio source hear little or no sound.

Find out more about the ORIGINAL SOUNDLAZER

SOUND FOCUSED LIKE A LASER BEAM

A DESIGN FOR HACKERS

This is not a retail product.  It is intended for people who love to play with new technologies.  The Snap is a cost and performance optimized version of the original Soundlazer model #SL-01.  It's designed in a style that makes it perfect for electronics hobbyists, inventors, hackers and anyone else that likes to play with technology.  No expensive or complicated digital signal processors or fancy case to add to the cost.  This model is just the basic electronics needed for good quality directional audio with a snap together stand.  If you are looking for the more expensive directional speaker with all the bells and whistles of the original Soundlazer including a complex digital signal processor, be sure to check out the one from my original Kickstarter project HERE.

A simple design makes it easy to experiment and learn about parametric speakers.
A simple design makes it easy to experiment and learn about parametric speakers.

DRIVING DOWN THE COST 

It has been a difficult process to make directional audio available at such a low cost. It has taken a few years to come up with the correct design while improving the sound quality of the ultrasonic beam. Because of these innovations, the Soundlazer Snap uses the latest in digital amplifier technology in order to achieve an audio quality that will amaze anyone listening as the beam bounces around a room or into people's heads. 

WANT ONE NOW?

The original Soundlazer is actually a more complex version of the "Snap". The "Snap" is a lower cost unit with a custom designed audio filter for the best possible sound.  I created this project to drive the price of this new technology down and offer models for everyone's budget.  Each unit stands on its own and both models are good ways to learn about parametric speaker technology.  The Soundlazer SL-01 is the big brother to the snap and you can get one now at the Soundlazer.com website.  The original Soundlazer is more expensive but it is also more complex.  It comes in a red aluminum case or as a bare board and uses a digital signal processor with custom audio algorithms.  You can even modify the firmware to shape the incoming audio to sound the way you want.  If you are looking to save money, then the "Snap" is the right product for you.  Either way, there is a Soundlazer model to fit your budget and needs.

THIS PROJECT IS INTENDED TO MAKE YOU THINK!

Sorry, but I love creating projects where the online community is forced to use their brain.  As always, I give you the foundation but it is your job to take this project even further.  We all want to hear what you do with this technology in the future and hope you will share it with all of us.

Please visit Soundlazer.com for more information on this exciting project.

SOUNDLAZERS HAVE MANY USES

Use your imagination: The effects of parametric speakers are not only a great demonstration of how sound propagates through air but also offer many useful applications. Some examples are:

  • Fun with friends: The Soundlazer is simply a cool gadget to play with.
  • Ambient Background Sound: Put the Soundlazer behind a plant or table in a room and "beam" background sounds or music into the room. Unlike other speakers, the Soundlazer will create virtual sound sources around the room.
  • Showroom Floors: Beam important product information, advertisements or promotions quietly and discreetly to individual customers in your store.
  • Animatronics and Displays: By pointing the Soundlazer at a stuffed animal, animated display or other object, the sound will appear come directly from the object the Soundlazer is pointed at.
  • Public Safety: Warning selected people in a group of localized dangers or obstructions.
  • Advertising: Selective billboards where only the person in front of a particular ad can hear the message.
  • Security and Alarms: Clear and precise messages regarding break-ins, fires and other emergencies.
  • And there are many more uses!

JUST SNAP IT TOGETHER

Soundlazer Snap comes with everything you need to experiment with directional audio.
Soundlazer Snap comes with everything you need to experiment with directional audio.

TIME FOR ALL OF US TO SHARE OUR DISCOVERIES

Tesla Motors is giving away their patents so it’s time for everyone to share their knowledge.  I hope you will join me in this latest project and learn about this exciting technology.  Even if you have no experience with electronics, most of the rewards come working right out of the box.  Jump in and join me on this journey to discover something new.

All source files including schematics and parts lists are included with each pledge. Use my design for the foundation of your own directional speaker system.

WE CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR WHAT YOU LEARN

As with all my projects, this one leverages the power of group buying to the lower the cost of a technology and bring it down to affordable price for everyone. By reaching the project’s goal, I can order circuit boards and all the other parts to get a Sounlazer Snap in each of your hands.  While we have streamlined everything, the transducers and other parts are still expensive to generate all that power so group buying is the key to lowering the cost of this new and exciting device.

You just finished a project on Kickstarter and already have another?

That's right, I just successfully funded my last Kickstarter project and already have another one going.  It is my goal to create an "invention factory" where I bring you exciting and new projects every few weeks.  I have a proven track record and already started building the backer rewards for the last campaign.  My reputation speaks for itself and I will always work hard to fill backer rewards in the shortest timeframe possible.  Ordering parts, assembling orders and shipping is only half the process.  Inventing new things is the part that I love best and I have no plans on slowing down.  If you like my ideas and want to be a part of them, back this project now and I will be able to continue bringing the Kickstarter community cool inventions.

Join me once again on this exciting project.

Please visit Soundlazer.com for more information.

Risks and challenges

This project is my fifth project here on Kickstarter. All my previous projects were successfully funded and all backer rewards shipped as promised or in the process of being fulfilled. While there are risks when backing products or ideas that don't exist yet, I have already built fully functional prototypes and simply need to manufacture the rewards once the goal is successfully reached. I plan on shipping the Soundlazer "Snap" to all backers starting around March 2015.

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    Get the blank circuit board so you can build your own Soundlazer Snap. You can also just hang it on your wall or put it on your desk as a conversation piece. It is my way of saying thank you for backing this project. Schematics, source code and parts list is included. Many pot the parts are very small so experience is required. You must also supply your own components and build it yourself!

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL - Receive a fully functional Soundlazer Snap with all components installed and tested. Get a great discount for being an early backer. Simply take it out of the box and snap it together. It's a fun and easy way to learn about ultrasonic audio technology. All cables, schematics and power supply are included.

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    EARLY BACKER DISCOUNT - This backer reward was added because all the original early backer rewards sold out in only an hour! It is my way of saying thank you for being an early supporter of this project by giving another discount. Receive a fully functional Soundlazer Snap with all components installed and tested. Get a great discount for being an early backer. Simply take it out of the box and snap it together. It's a fun and easy way to learn about ultrasonic audio technology. All cables, schematics and power supply are included.

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    TESTED AND READY TO GO - Receive a fully functional Soundlazer Snap with all components installed and tested. Simply take it out of the box and snap it together. It's a fun and easy way to learn about ultrasonic audio technology. All cables, schematics and power supply are included.

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    DOUBLE THE FUN - TESTED AND READY TO GO - Receive two (2) fully functional Soundlazer Snaps with all components installed and tested. Simply take them out of the box and snap them together. It's a fun and easy way to learn about ultrasonic audio technology. And yes, you could use these as a stereo pair. All cables, schematics and power supplies are included.

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