[Cyborg] echolocation workshop

Eric Boyd mrericboyd at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 6 19:11:52 PDT 2009


Yea, the 2 week thing is a little concerning.  But hey, we're geniuses here right?  

Having thought about it more, I am keen on an "echo location" kit.  Imagine some electronics which generates an ultra-sonic noise (40kHz? 60kHz?), then receives it (via normal microphone?), and then frequency shifts the sound back into human hearing range, and uses ear-buds to display it to you.  If the frequency shift is done correctly, you could even pre-process the sound data to help "amplify" the difference that close object bounces creates in the sound.  This leaves the real data processing to the brain, of course - it's still going to just be a bunch of sounds, not a map of what's around you.  But I actually think this could be way superior - who knows what kind of patterns your brain could pull out of the sound if you just wore the electronics for a week?

I have no idea how complicated the frequency shift math might be, but I think the electronics for this should be doable using Arduino-class hardware?

Anyway, it's a fairly major project, but I'm adding it to my "eventually" list.  

Eric

--- On Mon, 7/6/09, Adam Skory <askory at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Adam Skory <askory at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Cyborg] echolocation workshop
> To: "Eric Boyd" <mrericboyd at yahoo.com>
> Cc: cyborg at lists.noisebridge.net
> Date: Monday, July 6, 2009, 5:12 PM
> I would certainly be interested in
> having a try!
> 
> The article say it takes a couple weeks of practicing,
> however. I'm
> not so sure what results we could get from just one
> workshop.
> 
> -Skory
> 
> On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 1:22 PM, Eric Boyd<mrericboyd at yahoo.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > Make Like a Dolphin: Learn Echolocation
> > http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/06/echolocation/
> >
> > Anyone interested in doing an echo-location workshop?
>  I'd like to stumble around for a few hours seeing if I can
> learn this skill... it doesn't sound like we'd need much for
> infrastructure - just some things to put in front of us as
> test objects, a blindfold, and the ability to click your
> palate.
> >
> > Eric
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