Invisible headphone device gets a Kickstarter campaign for early access ahead of general release in 2021
Noveto, an Israeli start-up company, announced today the launch of a pre-sale Kickstarter campaign for its breathtaking, innovative SoundBeamer, a desktop device capable of beaming pockets of sound and music outside the listener’s ears. It can dynamically move the source of the sound around the listener in 3D and beam the sound only to the listener, without disturbing people nearby—no speakers, no headphones. Today also sees the release of new hardware and software details on the much-anticipated release of SoundBeamer in Q4 2021.
How it works
Using a 3D sensing module, SoundBeaming locates and tracks the user’s ear position, sending audio via ultra-high frequency acoustic waves to create focused invisible sound pockets beside their ears. The user, without disturbing their environment, can hear the stereo, 3D, or even novel spatial 3D sound within the pockets without wearing any physical device. When they move their head, the sound pockets follow, creating a free and natural way to listen like never before.
Noveto Systems is the first company to successfully develop this technology, introducing SoundBeaming, a new way of listening that goes beyond the capabilities of today’s speakers and headphones. With Noveto SoundBeaming, people can enjoy a unique, personal, and immersive sensory experience that creates a closer connection between the user and the sound without isolating them from their surroundings – allowing them to leave and re-enter the sound pockets at will. The sound pockets follow the listener while in the vicinity of the SoundBeamer ensuring freedom of movement and expression.
The technology can be used in many environments offering a solution to the discomfort and isolation of headphones. With its spatial 3D sound capabilities, it’s ideal for video conferencing, gaming, and home entertainment; users can watch films, play video games, and make and receive video calls without disturbing others. SoundBeaming can also enable drivers to receive directional alerts and navigation and even fitness equipment can be enhanced to enable workouts without wearables getting in the way.
The SoundBeamer is simple to use, paired via Bluetooth to connect it to any device (PC, tablet, TV, mobile phone). The acoustic waves are controlled by state-of-the-art patented DSP engines and algorithms with the Noveto proprietary chipset allowing the magic to happen.
Infused with AI, backed by Foxconn
The company today unveils new hardware and software features of the SoundBeamer 1.0 including a new AI-based built-in voice, facial and gesture recognition, and ambient sound monitoring which enables natural and intuitive interaction.
The SoundBeamer 1.0 has been upgraded with Noveto’s D1 Chipset which works with the software to produce digital signals for the proprietary Noveto transducer array, which then beamforms audio pockets to outside the user’s ears.
The SoundBeamer comes alive with the backing of Noveto’s engineering partner – Foxconn, the biggest consumer electronics manufacturer globally. The SoundBeamer will be shipped to the early bird customers in Q4 of this year.
Creating a new device category and listening experience has technology enthusiasts and early adopters around the world excited. Noveto’s pre-sale campaign launched via Kickstarter offers limited pre-sale opportunities including discounts of over 40% for the super early bird Black Edition and a limited Arctic White Collectors’ Edition SoundBeamer, numbered 1-100 and hand signed by the co-founder of Noveto. The campaign presents a unique opportunity to be one of the first to enjoy the magic of Noveto SoundBeaming. Noveto is planning to ship a limited number of devices during 2021, with initial devices limited to backers via Kickstarter at favourable terms. The sale starts on Thursday February 18, 9:00 AM EST. To see the journey so far and review what’s on offer, interested parties can head to the Kickstarter page.
A Senior executive (VP) from Foxconn said: “Foxconn sees tremendous potential for Noveto’s SoundBeamer and SoundBeaming audio technology. We are excited to work with Christophe and the Noveto team to bring an excellent product and impressive audio experience to the market. We continue to strive to help our OEM partners enhance their experiences and product offerings and are happy with the opportunity to be partnering with Noveto, assisting it to bring its innovation to the world.”
Noveto CEO Christophe Ramstein said: “Whether listening to music, movies, games, or having a phone or video call, there has historically been only two ways to experience sound: out loud and publicly via speakers, or quietly and privately wearing headphones. It’s incredibly exciting to be releasing a third way to experience sound and deliver something truly groundbreaking to market. I look forward to our Kickstarter backers being the first to experience this revolution in sound that we have been working so hard to create.”