That looks great, Now we need a larger one for the Missus

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Here was me thinking that Maxwell Smart’s cone of silence was cool.

New technology which blocks out unwanted noise without the need for headphones has been developed by a university researcher in Auckland.

It sounds amazing and those to benefit from it first will be premature babies.

Noise can be annoying and hard to stop.

And it’s the one thing problem Sir Ray Avery has been unable to solve as he’s developed his revolutionary Life Pod.  

“We’ve got the right humidity, we’ve got the right temperature, but sound has been really largely neglected,” he says.

Not any longer, thanks to Unitech scientist Dr Iman Ardekani. He’s come up with a way to cancel out noise in open spaces that Sir Avery wants to use.

“This fan is in the incubator and it’s the main source of noise inside the incubator. We are using this electronic board driving the loud speaker,” says Dr Ardekani.

“The loud speaker is going to produce another noise and the combination of the two noises inside the incubator around the head of the baby will be silence.”

Noise from incubator fans can cause health problems for babies — including impaired cognitive skills.

Babies who are premature, who have just come out of their mother’s womb, and they’re in a sound environment which is very rhythmic, and they can feel their mother’s heart, suddenly go into a white noise environment — which is the equivalent of going into a vacuum cleaner.

Auckland Hospital also plans to use the tech for its incubators.

Now all we need is this commercialised and made for the missus…and children for that matter.

 – Newshub


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