Construction can be a long and expensive process. Plus, when building out a new space, you have the challenge of making sure that everything is put together just right to prevent things like gaps in your window frames that can let air conditioning out and outside noise in. For years, we've had rudimentary tools to help us ensure that our construction projects are going to plan, but now we've got Sorama to find even small imperfections.
Sorama is a company that has produced a fascinating device for sensing sound. The portable product has a large microphone array on the front, which contains 64 microphones, and a screen on the back. When pointed at any particular area, the device is able to listen for even minute amounts of sound. Using the screen on the back, you can visualize that sound in the moment, allowing you to find areas where more noise than expected is appearing.
Take, for example, Todd's studio build project. He went to a lot of trouble to ensure that the room is soundproof. This is to ensure that the audience doesn't have to hear the air conditioner running in the building, the refrigerator running in the office, computer sounds, and people outside. During the project, he could have used the Sorama device to scan the room looking for noise leakage. If he found sound levels above the ambient background level, it would show up on the screen and show him exactly where it was coming from and how much there is. He could then address that issue during the project, rather than waiting until it was done to discover any potential problems.
The Sorama acoustic monitors are designed to help anyone who is working on a project where sound is an issue, or sensing sound can be a benefit. While the example of noise isolation is an obvious one, there are other ways to use the device in buildings. For example, if you were to aim it at a window and get above ambient sound levels, you might have a gap in your window. The sound is not the issue at hand, but it is an indication of a different and potentially problematic situation.
But, the Sorama device can also be used during product development. If you're building a computer for a television studio, the amount of noise that the fans and cooling system produces is an important statistic. If it is too loud, it's never going to work for its intended purpose. The same situation exists for a variety of product manufacturers, including vehicles, which have a maximum sound allowance, and baby products that can't be intrusive.
In a truly interesting environment, the Sorama device can be used in sporting stadiums to detect changes in crowd sentiment. Obviously, there will be an increase in sound when a team scores or comes close to scoring. However, large changes in sound level during idle times can indicate a problem or even be used to predict a safety situation.
The Sorama device can be a solution for many problems - some the company may not have even thought about yet. To learn more about the Sorama acoustic monitoring devices, you can head to their website.
Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
Todd is the CEO of RawVoice / Blubrry - a podcast media company that represents 105,000 Audio and Video podcasters in which his company provides advertising opportunities, media distribution/hosting, podcast media statistics and other services. He is a podcast advertising specialist. Executing podcast advertising deals with a variety of national vendors for the past 13 years. Todd was responsible for bringing GoDaddy into the Podcast Advertising Space as one of the first podcast advertisers in 2005.