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Passive Audio

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Bang & Olufsen Passive Audio —

As we progress through an era of voice and audio based computing, the traditional role of audio is shifting to an increasingly passive role in our day to day lives. How can audio hardware adapt as what it means to be an audiophile is reexamined. 

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Audio Augmentation —


As piezoelectric technology is refined and improved upon, it becomes a more viable source for passive audio. Utilizing the bones surrounding the inner ear, piezo speakers use bone conduction audio to send sound sound directly to our eardrums. This provides the opportunity to augment the environment around us rather than closing off our interactions.

 
 
 

Passive Audio —


Headphones as we know them are isolating by nature. They create a barrier both audibly and visually, to take one out of their physical surroundings. As audio computing and the use of voice assistants becomes increasingly prevalent, audio will become a passive part of our human experience that enables us to reengage with our surroundings

 
 
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B&O Design Principles—

Bang and Olufsen has a 90 year history in creating expressive, crafted and emotional products. Designed to provide the best sound performance in its class, B&O combines machined precision, with organic craftsmanship to deliver its users an experience second to none. By "adapting technology to fit human needs", their products redefine audiophile from 'high quality audio', to 'high quality audio experiences'. 

 
 
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Color, Material, Finish —

Exploring the duality between both machined process’ traditionally associated with audio-wear and composite accents that mimic the environment around us. Metal anodized frames that B&O is known for are combined with ceramic  accents.

 
 
 

Open Ears —

The use of bone conduction allows the the ear to remain visibly unobstructed by sending sound waves directly to the inner ear. As a visual queue for communication, this slight adjustment in the way we experience audio allows us to reengage with the environment around us.