1. You have created a spacial music application which allows you to fill your room with a band. Using a microphone on your body (iPhone?), pulses are sent from stereo speakers to allow the computer to triangulate your position. With individual instrument audio tracks, you can move “closer” to an instrument and hear that instrument louder. This would make each listening experience interactive and unique.
2. You’ve developed a new 3D mapping application that uses standard stereo speakers and a microphone to map the 3D location of the microphone. Multiple pitched pulses will be sent and averaged to triangulate the relative microphone position. Linking data points together creates a quick and accurate 3D model that can be exported in a wide variety of 3D modeling formats.
3. Taking advantage of the “new” background push notifications in the iPhone, a pulse will let you know each time your modem connected mac receives a phone call. Using pre-defined rules or on screen interactions, you can screen the calls. If connected to wifi, you can accept the call via VoIP. If you are on a cellular network, you can choose to have the call forwarded to your iPhone.
A few people mentioned Airfoil Speakers for iPhone. As noted previously, that’s something that’s in progress. However, it won’t have a new name; I imagine it will just be called “Airfoil Speakers for iPhone” or perhaps “Airfoil Speakers Touch”.
Jared C.: #1 sounds incredibly interesting, but completely unmarketable. Perhaps the MIT Media Lab can make that. Or already has.
#2 is less interesting to me, but if it could work, it would be very cool.
#3 would rely on something that still isn’t available. Apple said September, and it’s now almost January, and nothing on Push. Beyond that, it doesn’t really fit our audio niche.
Fun ideas though.
Anyhow, Pulsar is actually unrelated to Airfoil in any way, and it’s not for the iPhone either. We’re hopeful you won’t have much longer to wait.
Maybe it is a program to allow the listening of Dolby 5.1 as binaural audio for portable listening. Many movies now have the 5.1 track included for TV. If you could use spacial audio in a similar way to WaveArts’s Panarama, you could have an amazing listening experience right at your desk for any movie!
At least I hope that’s what it is. It could be presented to the system as a 5.1 capable sound device. That way, even DVD Player and Front Row could pass along the audio to it, translate, and move right into my head!
I hope they come out with a fix to stop the split second drop outs, which I think happens when a song title is changed on a channel. It gets annoying when listening for awhile.
Also I would love to see an iPhone app come out for Pulsar. That would be awesome!!