The sounds of nature will be just a mouse-click away this spring, when JVC Kenwood Corp. introduces an Internet service that offers real-time sounds of the forest.
With specially designed speakers, the service will provide sounds captured by microphones set in the mountains in Takayama city, Gifu Prefecture, and Morotsuka village, Miyazaki Prefecture.
JVC Kenwood said users will be able to enjoy the sounds of birds and insects and the wind rustling through tree branches.
The appearance of the dedicated speaker is unconventional: a handcrafted cube-shaped frame made of chestnut.
The speaker is unsuitable to listen to music because it cannot generate deep bass sounds, but it produces good medium and high pitch sounds, as found in nature. With its vibrating frame, the speaker is capable of widely disseminating sound.
JVC Kenwood said the forest sounds will be delivered through the Internet around the clock. After users download a dedicated application to their smartphones or other Internet-capable devices, sound data will be sent to the speakers through wireless transmission.
The speaker comes in two sizes. The 31-centimater cube, will be priced at around 300,000 yen ($3,400), and the smaller 13.6-cm cube at around 60,000 yen. A monthly fee will also be required for the use of the application.
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