The Open Source, Hackable Parametric Speaker. Focus a beam of sound at objects or into your head! Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 19, 2012.
Shipping will start in a few days
Soundlazer boards waiting for the hand soldering of 39 piezo elements
As everyone now knows, manufacturing of the Soundlazers for Kickstarter is just about complete. I wanted to take this time to talk about Soundlazer and the future of this technology.SOUNDLAZER IS FOR EXPERIMENTATION
Soundlazer was created as an open source project with the intention of getting people involved with this experimental technology. As clearly stated throughout this project, Soundlazer was never intended to be a retail product and still has a long way to go before ever reaching that point. It is my hope that the online community will carry the "torch" further by experimenting and improving on the work I have already done. Parametric speakers are an emerging technology with lots of physics involved in how the sound propagates through air and leads to the resulting information you hear. When you receive your Soundlazer, the first thing to note is that you can not overdrive the piezo elements and still expect to hear good quality audio. Ultrasonic wavelengths are very short and therefor are perceived as audio around the same level as speech. You will not be hearing audio that sounds as though it came from a rock concert when listened to the Soundlazer.
A WORD OF WARNING
I hope that the Kickstarter community is realistic in their approach to this technology and will use it as intended by me. Remember, ultrasonic energy can not be heard but the sound pressure will be felt by your inner ears. Prolonged exposure to the audio beam can result in earache and even hearing loss if precautions aren't taken. One of the features we added as a result of this project was a power level jumper which can be found inside on the circuit board. For long term experimentation and direct exposure to the beam, be sure to set the Soundlazer to the half power mode.
TO ALL THE BACKERS
Once again, thank you to everyone who supported Soundlazer. I look forward to seeing new websites and blogs on the internet dedicated to this technology.