We thought we'd heard it all with Elon Musk's recent plans for consuming music in a mind-boggling manner.
Unlike the Tesla founder's revolutionary vision, however, this new device doesn't involve microchips being implanted in your brain in order to get your headphone-free music fix.
The SoundBeamer 1.0 is being developed by Israeli company Noveto Systems, and it can essentially beam music directly into your head by creating a 3D 'sound bubble'. The device locates your ear position, then sends audio via ultrasonic waves that create “sound pockets” around the ears. Effectively, you're the only person who can hear the audio inside this 'sound bubble', whether you're watching a film, playing a game or listening to music.
“You don’t need to tell the device where you are. It’s not streaming to one exact place. It follows you wherever you go," explained SoundBeamer Product Manager Ayana Wallwater. “This is what we dream of: A world where we get the sound you want. You don’t need to disturb others and others don’t get disturbed by your sound. But you can still interact with them.”
The video below demonstrates the technology in action, while Noveto are hoping it'll be on the market by December 2021.