First-of-a-kind smart speaker uses SmartBeaming technology to transmit ultrasound silently through the air

04 November 2021

Noveto’s N1 features proprietary Smart Beaming technology that transmits ultrasound silently through the air, converging in small audible pockets just outside the listener's ears as if wearing invisible headphones
Noveto’s N1 features proprietary Smart Beaming technology that transmits ultrasound silently through the air, converging in small audible pockets just outside the listener's ears as if wearing invisible headphones

'Invisible headphones' set to transform work comfort & wellbeing for the modern professional, with Noveto's N1 promising a "magical sensory experience".

Innovative audio technology start-up, Noveto has unveiled the final design and features of its flagship product, the N1, a state-of-the-art smart speaker with built-in Alexa smart assistant and proprietary Smart Beaming ultrasound technology, providing personal and immersive 3D binaural sound without headphones.

SmartBeaming audio experience

The audio experience is fundamentally different from traditional speakers or headphones. Noveto's leading-edge Smart Beaming transmits ultrasound silently through the air, converging in small audible pockets outside the listener's ears. N1's smart facial tracking follows the user's head, ensuring that, as if wearing headphones, the experience is one of thoroughly immersive 3D stereo, while people nearby barely hear a thing.

The technology

In August 2021, Noveto announced it had completed development of its proprietary new chip set to drive its SmartBeaming technology. In doing so, Noveto became the first company to successfully develop SmartBeaming technology, which dynamically beams audio to outside the user's ears, creating a first-of-its-kind immersive 3D stereo experience, without the need for headphones and without disturbing people around you.

Noveto's flagship N1 is the first product to use the ground-breaking technology. It resembles a small speaker, but makes no sound. Instead, ultrasonic waves are sent towards the user, using a built-in 3D camera to locate their position in real time, at which point the waves converge into small pockets of sound around their ears. At these energy points, the ultrasonic waves emit normal acoustic waves that can be heard by the user. If they move their head, the sound pockets follow, allowing them to hear sound.

Noveto's proprietary C1 chipset which powers the groundbreaking SoundBeaming technology
Noveto's proprietary C1 chipset which powers the groundbreaking SoundBeaming technology

The acoustic sound waves are generated using Noveto-developed DSP algorithms and are pushed into the air via two custom-designed panels, populated by numerous miniature sized ultrasonic speakers. Individually the waves are totally silent, and with the help of the built-in 3D camera and AI-based dynamic ear-tracking algorithms, creates the never before achieved 'magical' immersive 3D audio experience without having to wear headphones, and with nearby listeners only hearing a fraction of the sound.

To deliver the experience requires control of a high number of audio channels, made possible by the custom-made proprietary chipset incorporating the analogue multi-channel D1 chip and digital C1 smart controller. The D1 chip concurrently and dynamically controls 64 ultrasonic audio channels. The C1 controller orchestrates the overall behaviour of all the ultrasonic speakers to generate the unique sound beaming experience.

N1 design & features

The N1's slim and sleek design fits elegantly into any home office or workspace, with an intuitive, glass-fronted, circular LED display mounted on a smooth, matte black aluminium frame and adjustable stand. The built-in, high-definition beamforming microphones provide a clear, best-in-class audio interaction with communication apps and Alexa. The N1 also features intuitive Bluetooth pairing, volume control and microphone muting for further privacy, alongside an easily accessible USB-C port and a 3.5mm in/out jack to connect a secondary audio device.

The N1 is the perfect device for modern professionals who value their comfort and require seamless audio without restrictions. The immersive experience helps break down the remoteness of remote-working, with video-callers feeling like they are in the same room, and supports vital at-home wellness. Whether listening to a favorite podcast or meditating to the sounds of nature, Smart Beaming creates a personalised, cocooned experience, elevating the relaxation of meditation, music, casual entertainment, podcasts and sound therapy.

Until now there were only two ways to listen to sound: out loud via speakers or privately wearing headphones. But thanks to its built-in facial tracking and revolutionary Smart Beaming, Noveto's N1 now offers a third, combines its technology with Amazon’s Alexa to create the first all-in-one home office and personalised wellness space.

Noveto Systems revolutionary device, a third way to listen to audio
Noveto Systems revolutionary device, a third way to listen to audio

Features:

•    Noveto Smart Beaming technology: beams personal 3D sound

•    Smart assistant compatible desktop device

•    Audio volume: up to 85dB SPL

•    Audio privacy: up to 90 % audio reduction 1 metre (3 ft) away from the listener

•    Connections: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB-C & 3.5mm Jack

•    The HAL (Heuristic Activity LED) - embedded LED circle for live feedback

•    Built-in microphone array

•    Built-in face ID

•    Noveto App, available in iOS and Android

•    Over the air updates (OTA)

Production

Production on the N1 begins in December 2021 (with Kickstarter backers receiving their devices shortly thereafter), with the official launch at CES in Las Vegas on 5-8 January 2022, where orders from retailers and distribution partners will be confirmed.

For further information, please visit: www.noveto.com

About Noveto:

Noveto was co-founded by Tomer Shani and Noam Babayoff, and is led by Dr. Christophe Ramstein (previously heading global engineering for Logitech). The Noveto Sound Beaming Technology and first product is an outcome of      extensive R&D, protected by multiple patent families, with over 45 patents (registered and pending). The N1 is scheduled for production at the end of 2021 with the assistance of Noveto’s strategic engineering partner, Foxconn, the biggest consumer electronics manufacturer globally.


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