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Material Turns All Surfaces into Stereo

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the listen-to-anything dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "According to James Bullen of NXT, 'The UK ministry of defense was experimenting with a way to dampen the sound in helicopters and developed a honeycombed material that did the opposite — conducted sound.' Cambridge-based NXT christened it "SurfaceSound" and arranged for it to be crafted into Toyota cars, Gateway computers, Hallmark greeting cards and more. NXT is working on ways to put the technology to use in touch screens that promise to be part of a new rage in 'natural interfaces' for computers, mobile telephones, televisions and other electronic devices. Toyota has SurfaceSound in the head liners of four of its car models. NXT recently made a deal with greeting card giant Hallmark to use the technology in 'big cards with big sound' when opened, Bullen said."

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Now all surfaces (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21978528)

will be nigger boomboxes. Lame.

Re:Now all surfaces (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21978708)

The last thing any of us wants is that Snoopy Dog or Dentist Dre or whatsit ruining my fucking bus ride to work in the morning.

BTW I take the bus because I'm eco-friendly. I could easily afford a Lexus or Chevrolet.

ALL surfaces? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21978550)

Including tits and cunts? highly unlikely!

Re:ALL surfaces? (0)

renegadesx (977007) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978976)

How so? If you can get SurfaceSound gretting cards, I am sure you can get SurfaceSound bra's and panties. Maybe body paint will be harder but always worth a try

I know GP is a troll, but we need some jokes here that are NOT flames

Let's turn all surfaces (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21978562)

to Jell-O instead.

Integrate it with sheetrock (-1, Troll)

willbry (1209876) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978576)

Every room will be jamming.

http://williambryson.blogspot.org/ [blogspot.org]

Re:Integrate it with sheetrock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21979142)

abbadabbadoowha! two, maybe three times even. no seriously like what else are you trying to prove man? just jamming with the plannin and a pocketful of gum, you thought you made a funny joke and everyone else was like shiiiiit, it's just ho-hum. (sad).

Intelligent question regarding sound technology (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21978580)

Would it be possible to use this to play nigger-music at high volume in a car? If so, I'm against it. We have enough surfaces capable of that already.

Stop, colleberate and listen! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21978590)

Hammertime! [thepounder.com]

Great .. more noise pollution :( (0)

Marbleless (640965) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978602)

Just what we needed!

Re:Great .. more noise pollution :( (3, Funny)

Marbleless (640965) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978652)

Just what we needed!

... and I'm starting to sound like my grandparents ;)

Come again? (1)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 6 years ago | (#21981016)

Sorry, can't hear you over the music. Tell me later.

Re:Great .. more noise pollution :( (1)

Goodmanjaz (1108093) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978704)

Uh oh...the first step in the Vogon takeover of earth...

re:great .. more noise pollution :( (2, Informative)

ed.han (444783) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979064)

uh...didn't you mean the vogon destruction of earth rather than takeover? you know, something to do with a hyperspace bypass? :>[/pedantic bastard]

ed

Wonderful (-1, Troll)

Asshat_Nazi (946431) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978620)

More surfaces for niggers to blast their coon-tunes.

Great for the ghetto beach cruzer! (-1, Troll)

Asshat_Nazi_v2.0 (989409) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978670)

Trunks rattling, spinnerz spinnin', niggers bouncing, niggers stinkin'. Yea, this is bad.

Re:Great for the ghetto beach cruzer! (1)

EW87 (951411) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978896)

*shakes head*

Most options for loud nigger music (-1, Troll)

Fruity McGayGay (1005769) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978696)

speaking of niggers.. They walk around constantly grabbing their dicks. Why is that? Are they secretly scratching at their venereal diseased cocks? Or, are they just trying to imitate their ape ancestors?

The heck with headphones! (3, Interesting)

loftwyr (36717) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978700)

I want them to make me a suit of that stuff!

Re:The heck with headphones! (1)

contrapunctus (907549) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978850)

Maybe this would be great for a soft spoken lecturer:)

Re:The heck with headphones! (2, Funny)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979098)

I won't recommend that... Think of the consequences... [xkcd.com]

Re:The heck with headphones! (1)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979204)

Fails about as hard as scientists who somehow invent a sound-conducting miracle foam while trying to create sound insulation.

Re:The heck with headphones! (1)

solitas (916005) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979504)

...invent[ed] a sound-conducting miracle foam while trying to create sound insulation.

Must've lost track of a negative-sign somewhere in the calculations. Happens all the time.

Re:The heck with headphones! (1)

xactuary (746078) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979318)

Warning: If, while wearing stereo honeycomb condom, erection lasts more than four hours, call your doctor.

Re:The heck with headphones! (2, Funny)

Architect_sasyr (938685) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980424)

I'm kind of ashamed to know that you parodied a Viagra warning label :(

The heck with headphones and a suit! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21979422)

I want them to make me a cocksock of that stuff!

Re:The heck with headphones! (2, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979544)

I want them to make me a suit of that stuff!
So you aren't willing to settle for a loud tie, you want the jacket to be loud, too?

True surround sound headphones (3, Funny)

andreyvul (1176115) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978722)

Now possible!
Just wrap the FlexiHalo (tm) speaker around your head and listen in infinity.0!

Re:True surround sound headphones (1)

re_organeyes (1170849) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980298)

Chuck Norris doesn't like people messing around with infinity. ;-)

Re:True surround sound headphones (4, Funny)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 6 years ago | (#21981046)

You can also purchase the buttplug-upgrade for the FlexiHalo to listen in infinity.1!

WHAT IS WITH THE RACISM IN THIS THREAD??? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21978724)

why isn't there more nigger-bashing?

Stereo = misnomer (3, Insightful)

themushroom (197365) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978752)

Stereo means there are two sound sources. Not to say that one couldn't put two separate panels (which I presume is the case with the car systems) to handle each channel, but in the case of the greeting cards it's gonna be monaural.

Re:Stereo = misnomer (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21978928)

Hm? just position them at the far ends of the card. Don't use the whole card as a sound source.
Would allow two sources almost a foot apart, enough for a human to pick up stereo.

Re:Stereo = misnomer (3, Informative)

ikkonoishi (674762) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979644)

You can divide the surface up and project different sounds from different sections of the panel. Thus you could have the right side of the monitor project the right audio channel and vice versa.

Re:Stereo = misnomer (2, Interesting)

dexotaku (1136235) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979966)

Stereo != 2 channels. Stereo == anything greater than a point source [monaural]. 5.1 surround is multichannel stereo, for example.

Assuming layout (1)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 6 years ago | (#21981116)

True, but it could probably easily be used for individual speakers, only flatter and smaller.

Surfaces... into Stereo? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21978778)

That's great, I've always hated mono surfaces. So flat and everything.

With any luck, in a few years we will be able to turn six surfaces into 5.1!

Re:Surfaces... into Stereo? (1)

Harold Halloway (1047486) | more than 6 years ago | (#21981024)

Well a basic room has six surfaces so perhaps you've got a good idea there. I'd patent it if I were you, before I do!

That is making a speaker inside things (4, Informative)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978782)

Not turning any surface into a speaker.

For that you need something like these speakers from Thinkgeek [thinkgeek.com] , which stick on to any surface and make that surface the speaker.

Re:That is making a speaker inside things (3, Interesting)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978840)

If they can do it with a greeting card, I imagine they could create product packaging that plays sounds. How about a PC game box that plays the sounds from the game, for example American McGee's Alice which had interesting tracks?

(plus on3 INformative) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21978792)

any doubt: Fr#eeBSD

Demolition (5, Funny)

therpham (953844) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978796)

Great, now we can finally conveniently announce the demolition of the Earth when the time comes!

Re:Demolition (4, Interesting)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978808)

Damn you for beating me to making the reference while I was looking up the relevant passage!

"Then there was a slight whisper, a sudden spacious whisper of open ambient sound. Every hi fi set in the world, every radio, every television, every cassette recorder, every woofer, every tweeter, every mid-range driver in the world quietly turned itself on. Every tin can, every dust bin, every window, every car, every wine glass, every sheet of rusty metal became activated as an acoustically perfect sounding board. Before the Earth passed away it was going to be treated to the very ultimate in sound reproduction, the greatest public address system ever built. But there was no concert, no music, no fanfare, just a simple message."

~Philly

Re:Demolition (0, Redundant)

slawo (1210850) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979810)

42

Re:Demolition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21980774)

*sigh* RIP Mr. Adams

Re:Demolition (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980966)

Nah, I'm not really into Pokemon [xkcd.com]

Ha! (4, Funny)

Mr. Ksoft (975875) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978812)

Now I can give Earth a demonstration of the greatest announcement system in the history of the universe before I demolish it for that hyperspace bypass.

A THUNDEROUS Round of Applause (2, Insightful)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978818)

To the UK government and NXT for turning what would have been a money-sucking venture (in the near-term application, assuming war/conflict/helo-deployment NOT inevitable) into a commercial spin-off and apparent success.

(No, I'm not dissin' DARPA, I just don't know of/haven't seen in the new an intended DOD effort that nearly-IMMEDIATELY spun off into commercial success. I don't doubt they exist, I just have to Google them...)

Now, I wonder if those sound conductors will work in love chambers... gotta keep the neighbors awake...

Re:A THUNDEROUS Round of Applause (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21979046)

Except for... like... the Internet.

Not that it became much of a success or anything.

Re:A THUNDEROUS Round of Applause--LOL (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979220)

HEHE, Yeh, that's an obvious one, and I should have said "recent" spin-offs...

Re:A THUNDEROUS Round of Applause--LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21979378)

You said, "nearly-IMMEDIATELY spun off into commercial success". I don't think the Internet fits that definition, unless you consider 30 years to be nearly immediately.

Re:A THUNDEROUS Round of Applause (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979162)

No, I'm not dissin' DARPA, I just don't know of/haven't seen in the new an intended DOD effort that nearly-IMMEDIATELY spun off into commercial success.

umm...you're using it, dude.

DARPA isn't in the business of churning out commercial 'toys'. Medicine, aircraft, autonomous vehicles...all much longer range ideas. Stroll through their current list of projects [darpa.mil] . Some very interesting things.

A long road to applause (2, Interesting)

greg1104 (461138) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979478)

Ah, if only it were true. The underlying technology was patented by Britain defense researchers in 1991 and licensed to Verity Group, a big audio company, in 1996 (see the end of this article [vxm.com] for a readable history here). Verity has been the company funding the money-sucking venture all this time. Even with their resources, it's taken them ten years to get this technology into the market in any big way. NXT is hardly a poster-child for quick commercial spin-off success.

Re:A THUNDEROUS Round of Applause (1)

Yetihehe (971185) | more than 6 years ago | (#21981264)

Now, I wonder if those sound conductors will work in love chambers... gotta keep the neighbors awake...
This will be good addition to my Parabolic reflector dish [xkcd.com]

Hypersonic (1)

popeye44 (929152) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978844)

Whatever happened to hypersonic sound? I know the company still exists.. but I see no product in the last 4-5 years.. and how would it work with this? Beamed directly at this stuff..

Nostalgia (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978848)

Kinda takes me back [pocketcalculatorshow.com]

Man I hope this doesn't work with fabric (5, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978858)

Just imagine a Hawaiian shirt that not only looks loud but is loud.

Re:Man I hope this doesn't work with fabric (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21980232)

...Hawaiian shirt...
Aloha shirt. Stupid haole.
You probably say carry-okay too.

In other news... (5, Funny)

scatters (864681) | more than 6 years ago | (#21978904)

The British Army now has ideal way to deliver the World's Funniest Joke to the battlefield. They are reportedly looking for a large number of English to Persian translators willing to work in isolated conditions.

Re:In other news... (1)

Fallen Kell (165468) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979336)

I don't know what is worse, that I got the joke or that other moderators did as well...
 
I just hope they make certain the translators only ever see one word each, because we all know what happened last time when they translated it to German...

Surfacesound doesn't care about black people! (1)

WhatsUpNegro (1171485) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979032)

Reasons:

1) It should be named Negrosound, not Surfacesound.

2) It will play music other than thug and gangster rap. It should only play Nergo music since Negro music in the only music.

3) Surfacesound called me a nigger once.

We as negro people, it's time, it's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild Surfacesound, the one that should be a Chocolate Surfacesound. And I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. Surfacesound will be chocolate at the end of the day.

Re:Surfacesound doesn't care about black people! (1)

Datamonstar (845886) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979062)

Damn straight, my brotha! And this [msn.com] lady can help us do it! ...once she gets that bajillion or whatever dollars, that is.

Re:Surfacesound doesn't care about black people! (-1, Troll)

Datamonstar (845886) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979082)

Oh, and I forgot to stay on topic and mention how 3 quadrillion dollar would help me do my mansion in wall-to-wall surfacesound.. or negrosound. Whichever one's cheaper.

Sterno!? (4, Informative)

moosesocks (264553) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979058)

I misread the headline as "Material Turns All Surfaces into Sterno [wikipedia.org] "

which, although a boon to the catering industry, would be somewhat troubling.

Fortunately, they're just talking about NXT [nxtsound.com] 's cool speaker transducers that have been around for quite some time now (yawn...). Given that the laws of acoustics do still apply, even if the speaker is flat, the "cabinet" needs to be properly designed to produce good sound.

I've got a portable speaker that incorporates the technology. Logitech mm28 -- I think I paid $15 for it, although it's discontinued now. Although it does sound fantastic for a tiny $15 speaker, the bass is a bit lacking, and the thing distorts all to hell when the volume is turned up. To be fair, it can be driven *quite* loud, which seems to indicate that the transducers are quite powerful, and that Logitech forgot to include some sort of volume-limiting circuit. It's more or less the most simplistic NXT design you could imagine, as it's a rounded rectangle panel with an NXT transducer a third of the way from either edge.

All in all, with a bit of refinement, it could be turned into a great product, and it's easy to see how there could be many applications for this. Even though it might not produce audiophile sound (at least, not as lotitech had it configured), I imagine that it could be quite handy for "hiding" speakers in various locations, and could definitely be used to improve the sound quality of mobile phones. It also avoids many of the pitfalls of other "flat panel" designs.

Poking around their website reveals that they've got a pretty nifty portfolio of technologies backed up by some hard science -- they've even applied the same technology (in reverse) to produce touch screens.

Ancient technology (1)

Col. Bloodnok (825749) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979446)

I bought a pair of unused 'flat panel' IBM speakers (also NXT) 3 years ago. On ebay, for 99p.

They're really good, for little speakers.

Re:Ancient technology (1)

flappinbooger (574405) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979480)

I heard those "fancy" flat speakers had crap for bass.

Re:Ancient technology (1)

moosesocks (264553) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979680)

"Flat panel" speakers can be made in two ways:

1) Squash a regular voice coil speaker cone, and shove it into a tiny cabinet. This is obviously not optimal.

2) Make a flat object to vibrate to produce your sound. This can cause all sorts of unwanted resonances, the elimination of which is one of NXT's primary innovations.

Bass, however, still is a problem no matter what design you choose. Because lower frequencies have longer wavelengths, the object producing said waves needs to have a great enough range of vibration to produce those wavelengths. (mountains and weather systems can produce massive kilometers-long sound waves that are able to literally circle the globe, but I digress...) Because flat panel speakers are by their very nature, flat, the range of motion for the panel is limited to the depth of the cabinet, which typically isn't that much.

The Logitech design does pretty well at lower volume levels, although it's obvious that a better rubber gasket around the panel would allow the panel travel further, and offer an increased bass response.

The other option is to get the bass response of the flat panels "good enough", add a crossover, and funnel whatever bass the panels can't produce into a subwoofer that gets hidden out of sight. Once again, due to the long wavelengths, a low frequency sound has poor directionality, and is transmitted through solid surfaces more easily.

It's not perfect, but you can't fight the laws of physics. If you want big wavelengths, you need a big speaker.

Re:Ancient technology (1)

flappinbooger (574405) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979796)

I think the idea of a very flat mid/high speaker set with a sub under the desk for the lows is a great idea.

Mount the LCD to the wall and embed some speakers in the wall next to it to eliminate anything on the desk at all, and you've got a winner.

Better yet, make all the walls, the ceiling and the floor be speakers and you're really winning.

Didn't someone invent paint that turned a wall into a speaker? Or am I imagining things and need to go to sleep?

Re:Sterno!? (1)

sogoodsofarsowhat (662830) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979790)

You've nailed it pretty good. The other major problem with this type of transducer is that given the "cone" is a flat surface when driven very hard at all it will produce modes that will not be conducive to good audio. There is no solution to this other than to dampen each mode out of each surface. This is not practical in a real world sense for most parts. It can be used at moderate levels but for loud powerful accurate full range sound (no its not bose wave radio) go with a traditional set of speakers. As for the tech its been out for a long time. Actually its not even that new an idea, but they have better DSP's then before and they have a lot better marketing.

Re:Sterno!? (1)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980614)

You can still get NXT desktop speakers, the appropriately shaped sonicum speakers [amazon.com] , but at a price!

However, as you say, the cabinet is important. To avoid using another power connector I especially wanted a USB speaker, even though I know that these can be pretty sucky. I listened to the ultra-flat speakers (I guess using NXT), but it screws up all the depth of the music you're listening to. I tried some strange unstable conic device, but it just created noise at higher volumes. Then there is a pretty expensive yamaha USB bar, but I wanted loose speakers.

I finally bought a jaytec USB speaker set, the only USB speakers I could find that come in a pretty decent MDF cabinet, 2-way even (separate tweeter). It is amazing. No hi-fi of course, but just the result of some people who put in a little bit of effort to build a speaker cabinet that has the prerequisites to sound well, and you can hear that immediately.

Unexpected source? (5, Funny)

QuantumFlux (228693) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979096)

Ministry of Defence? I would have thought it would be developed by the Ministry of Sound...

Re:Unexpected source? (1)

xrayspx (13127) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979860)

Damn /. and their random mod point fickleness.

Re:Unexpected source? (1)

gr8dude (832945) | more than 6 years ago | (#21981188)

Just in case, Ministry Of Sound is a label that promotes electronic music, check out their site, http://www.ministryofsound.com/ [ministryofsound.com]

ahhh that ain't nuthin' ... (3, Funny)

Stumbles (602007) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979140)

the Vogons have been able to do that for a long time and do wirelessly.

THIS is how the military should be making money (3, Interesting)

ecavalli (1216014) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979160)

Sure, taxes are great, but I'd like to see how much cash the military makes on the amazing tech their scientists come up with.

Between stuff like this (mil-spec gear modified for use in civilian life) and the medical breakthroughs they've created over the years, if the military were a standard corporation, they'd have cash coming out of every orifice not used for firing projectiles or enticing teenagers to join their ranks.

Re:THIS is how the military should be making money (1)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 6 years ago | (#21981070)

> they'd have cash coming out of every orifice not used for firing projectiles or enticing teenagers to join their ranks.
That still doesn't leave much room with them talking out of their ass like 90% of the time...

This is nothing new - again. (3, Interesting)

waterwingz (68802) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979190)

NXT has been flogging this technology for years. This is nothing new but every few years they seem to get the media to think it is.

Re:This is nothing new - again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21979882)

Yup - a couple of years ago I saw their flat speakers on sale in our local farm supply discount store (Fleet Farm in WI, USA) and their fold flat cardboard speaker in Sharper Image in various airports. Everything old is new again.

Vibrations? Distributed mode behaviour of a panel (1)

Jonah Hex (651948) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979310)

SurfaceSound describes DML products that, with appropriate excitation, are capable of emitting sound through bending wave action. All that is required is a self-supporting surface and an exciter. The use of materials not normally associated with loudspeaker diaphragms offers up new industrial design opportunities.
Source [nxtsound.com]

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't you notice the material vibrating, especially if it's a clear layer over a screen? I notice the smallest of vibrations caused by speakers that aren't even connected to my monitor (or car window) and I'd hate to try staring through a vibrating surface for as many hours as I log in front of a screen.
HEX

Re:Vibrations? Distributed mode behaviour of a pan (1)

waterwingz (68802) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980026)

Okay .. I'll correct you if you are wrong. The "smallest vibrations" that you think you see are actually very low frequency vibration. You will not see the audio frequencies - sorry but your eyes are not that sharp. You probably need to see some of their stuff to believe me. I have.

figures (4, Insightful)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979570)

all the useful ideas come from either porn or war

Re:figures (0)

texashouston (999378) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979940)

in the US it seems you need some military application to get funding, but not so here in Japan. We make robots here to take care of the elderly, and our supercomputers are used to model the weather and for understanding earthquakes. the top super computers in the US are for modeling thermonuclear weapons. sick sick country.

Re:figures (1)

dancingmad (128588) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980388)

I live in Japan too, and I love it, but this assessment is rather disingenuous.

First, there is a lot of hand wringing here about the country falling behind the U.S., India, and other countries in terms of tech research and development. I don't believe war is great but it does spur technological development.

Second, the development of some of these applications is almost as pernicious as war. The reason the robots are being developed to take care of the elderly is, partially at least, to keep an influx of immigrants, especially from Southeast Asia, coming in as low cost labor as nurses and such.

Re:figures (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980860)

Second, the development of some of these [robot] applications is almost as pernicious as war. The reason the robots are being developed to take care of the elderly is, partially at least, to keep an influx of immigrants, especially from Southeast Asia, coming in as low cost labor as nurses and such.

In other words, Xenophobia. The US wants to blow up people, and Japan wants to hide from people.
         

won't someone think of the basers? (4, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979574)

I dread pulling up at a traffic light next to a baser, especially once they start coating their cars with this shit. I'll have to coat my car with the same material, sample their noise and play it back a half-wavelength out of phase so I can cancel it out. If that doesn't work, plan B is the monster truck lift kit.

Re:won't someone think of the basers? (4, Funny)

e4g4 (533831) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979768)

And plan C is the macarena [xkcd.com] .

:P

Re:won't someone think of the basers? (2, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979870)

And plan C is the macarena [xkcd.com]. :P
You bastard, you sick fucking bastard. I'm perfectly ok with crushing them to death inside their pimped rides with my monster truck tires but the macarena? At long last, sir, have you no decency?

Re:won't someone think of the basers? (1)

n3r0.m4dski11z (447312) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980330)

Why dont you simply turn up your own cars stereo up so it drowns it out?

"plan B is the monster truck lift kit"
Oh it seems you drive a truck. Ill bet your too busy going slow, blocking everyones view, and listening to the v8 burning up your cash.

Re:won't someone think of the basers? (0, Redundant)

rant64 (1148751) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980498)

http://xkcd.com/368/ [xkcd.com]
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The red switch

fp not related to racism! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21979760)

Errr... whoyah?

Sound Quality? (1)

kidcharles (908072) | more than 6 years ago | (#21979928)

I smell another fancy new innovation that despite being slick and nifty further reduces the quality of sound reproduction, like over-compressed music files and cheap but stylish earbuds. I'm a cranky audiophile, I admit it.

(I say this even though I didn't RTFA of course.)

Cambridge (1)

loonicks (807801) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980002)

Note that NXT is located in Cambridge, England, not Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Not new, and advanced by Jose Bertagni (4, Informative)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980064)

of BES speaker fame. He used to make speakers out of styrofoam. They sounded great. His demo was using a door as a sound conductor. Honeycombs are nothing new at all. Look up 'geostats' to find them.

Rollable displays WITH sound?? (1)

skeftomai (1057866) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980288)

Will this be possible with this technology combined with OLED? That would be totally cool...just like the science fiction books.

After several noise complaints... (1)

secretwhistle (1116881) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980366)

the "Honeycomb Hideout" was shut down by local law enforcement officials...

Hallmark cards? (5, Funny)

Chas (5144) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980512)

I can see this at Christmas.

*Little Jimmy* Here you go grandma!

*Grandma* Why thank you Jimmy you're such a

{100 decibels} WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS!...

*Grandma* Augh!

[THUD]

*Little Jimmy* Grandma? Grandma? Why'd you go to sleep?

Hm... (0, Redundant)

darkhitman (939662) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980660)

So now we can make all the surfaces in a car into speakers? That would certainly make this [xkcd.com] more effective...

I have a toyota with this feature (1)

CJSYVR (1210166) | more than 6 years ago | (#21980804)

The NXT headliner adds barely anything to my FJ Cruiser. I have disconnected it and reconnected to test and believe it to be a gimmick.
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