Have you ever looked at a rock concert from a distance far away, dearly wishing you were present at the spot, swaying to the music? We know we have, just a few weeks ago when we weren’t allowed to gatecrash at a local gig. For times as such, Thinking Digital Arts paired artist Dominic Wilcox and creative technologist James Rutherford together to create this one-of-a-kind contraption called the Binaudios. The name’s a mashup between the terms “binoculars” and “audio”, if you haven’t figured that out already, and the device works just as its name claims it to. The Binaudios enables users to listen to sounds from afar!
The Binaudios use a computing unit (a Raspberry Pi) and rotating ‘listening cones’ to convert orientation into a soundscape, enabling a wearer to listen to distant sounds. Currently installed at the Sage Gateshead at Newcastle Gateshead, the Binaudios are worth a listen.