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SOUNDCAM is the first camera that images sound and is affordable for everyone. The system is intuitive and as easy to use as a smartphone. SOUNDCAM locates sound sources in real time and immediately displays the results on the screen.
Human beings best process information in a visual way. SOUNDCAM visualizes complex acoustic information and creates a connection between hearing and seeing. Analyzing and understanding sound has never been easier!
Traditional acoustic cameras cost upwards of €100,000. With SOUNDCAM you’ll be paying but a fraction of that price, making this advanced technology available to everyone.
Has noise ever kept you up at night? Ever made you lose concentration? Surely you’ve experienced how annoying it is when devices are too loud or make irritating sounds. At times, noise can be loud enough to damage hearing and at lower levels, it can disrupt normal living. Noise pollution is a problem for everyone. We tend to accept noise as an unchangeable fact of life – but is that really the case? SOUNDCAM helps make your world a calmer place.
Do you like that sound? Neither do we!
In order to change a problem, e.g. unwanted noise emitted by an item in your surroundings, you first have to understand it. SOUNDCAM will localize the problem by imaging the analyzed sound source on the touchscreen. That way, you’ll know immediately which issues to fine-tune.
Endless Use Cases
SOUNDCAM localizes every sound source. It is possible to analyze environmental noise, road traffic noise, aircraft noise, train noise, industrial noise, machinery noise, workplace noise, detect malfunctions or leakages, and evaluate vehicle emissions, home appliances, consumer electronics, and a million other noise sources!
Follow a drone.
Paper clip hitting, jumping and sliding on a table.
Coffee machine grinding beans and making coffee.
Most common noise sources on the street.
Noise of a 3D printer.
Leakages on a door.
Sound of a spray can.
High-frequency whining directionally emitted by a power supply.
Sound of an electric drill.
… and everything you can imagine.
Why SOUNDCAM? SOUNDCAM helps you make your world a calmer place:
- complex industrial
- high tech now in an intuitive format
Existing acoustic cameras are only affordable for major companies. These systems are very complex and an acoustical engineer is necessary for operation. Yet there are so many applications in our daily life. That’s why we’ve decided to integrate that same technology in an intuitive, handheld, low-cost device, making it available for a broader market.
SOUNDCAM consists of 64 microphones, an optical camera, an integrated data acquisition and analysis system, as well as a display and control unit with touchscreen and hardware buttons. The system displays high-resolution results in real time on the screen. What makes it so special is its high speed and accuracy.
How it works
Sound propagates as a wave at a certain speed, which means that sound needs a certain amount of time to propagate from a noise source to each microphone of the array. Depending on each microphone’s position, the sound wave will need varying travel times. The algorithm running on SOUNDCAM analyzes these time delays and calculates accurate acoustic pictures and videos in real time.
At the same time, an optical camera is used to generate the needed optical information, and optical and acoustic pictures are overlayed. These overlayed results are displayed on the screen: the so-called acoustic pictures or videos.
How SOUNDCAM Works
Hardware: Operating SOUNDCAM is super easy:
Software: SOUNDCAM’s software is designed for a fast workflow. With just a few clicks you will receive immediate results. For an intuitive use, you can control the software via the touchscreen.
Basic research on sound source imaging technology started in 2005.
Over the last years, we have developed this technology to a high-end level, improving every detail from usability and accuracy to production costs.
The systems are now extremely powerful.
We are a trusted partner to many renowned companies in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, machinery industries and universities.
Some of our customers:
- Aerospace: Airbus, DLR, Embraer
- Automotive: Audi, BMW, Continental, Ford, Hyundai, KTM, Magna, Mercedes, MTU, Skoda, Swell, VW, ZF
- Consumer goods: P&G, Unilever
- Home appliance: Bosch, Miele, Siemens
- Electronics: Barco, Ebm-papst, Fujitsu
- Universities: Brno University of Technology, Czech technical university in Prague, FH Wels, Kazan Federal University, KU Leuven, Leibniz University Hannover, National University of Singapore, PISA University, RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin, TU Munich, University Frankfurt, University of Twente, University of Zilina
- Various: 3M, Aebi Schmidt, DuPont, Dürr Dental, Evonik, Gardner Denver, Hitachi, Minetek, Toro
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