This ‘Audio Radar’ Experience Enables Gamers To See Sound
Audio Radar’s Command Center sits between your gaming platform of choice and your monitor via HDMI cables, with no additional software or cables required. The unit then turns the surround sound audio output — whether it be gunshots, footsteps from approaching enemies, or the sound of passing vehicles, etc. — into data that subsequently fires off the appropriate RGBW lightbars.
Two lightbars are attached to the top and bottom, and one on each side, giving context to the player’s sound and situational awareness. Green LED lights mean the sound is far away, yellow means it’s closer, and red means it’s nearly on top of you. Not only that, but the lights react to the sound’s intensity, with smaller flashes indicating the noise is further away.
The Command Center has several fully customizable buttons and dials that let each player personalize their game scenes and presets (selfie, streaming, etc.). The light form patterns and noise-detection sensitivity can be adjusted and personalized. The RGBW lightbars can reproduce 16 million colors, from “warm whites to vivid reds,” and have a “selfie mode” that triggers all the lights to shine a bright white.
When Audio Radar launched in mid-December 2023, it immediately sold out its inventory of several hundred at $399 a pop. You can pre-order for the next batch on their website now (at the same price), and if that round goes well, AirDrop CEO Tim Murphy says it will be able to ramp up manufacturing to scale, which should help drive down the cost. Hopefully, Audio Radar doesn’t become just one of those gaming peripherals that were a pain for its users.