Nureva announced the Nureva HDL300 audio conferencing system for small to mid-sized rooms. This integrated wall-mounted microphone and speaker system uses Nureva’s patent-pending audio processing technology to provide remote participants with a natural, near-in-room experience. Nureva’s unique processor is 15 times more powerful than conventional systems, which enables the HDL300 system to simultaneously create and process sound from more than 8,000 virtual microphones. Each virtual microphone picks up sound from a precise location in the room, focusing on the intended voices while retaining the natural ambient sounds. The result is that remote participants feel like they’re in the same location, so they’re more engaged and the overall meeting is more productive.
As you know, conventional audio conferencing systems rely on processing techniques to correct for signal loss due to location of physical microphones, unwanted noises and microphone or beam switching, which can introduce distortions and sound artifacts. The premise of the HDL300 system is to put a virtual microphone as close to the sound source as possible, what we call Microphone Mist technology, so that sound is acquired from the best possible location and does not need conventional clean-up processes. The resulting audio experience comes closer than ever to matching how the brain naturally hears and processes sound when teams are face to face.
The system requires a computer enabled with UC&C, web conferencing or video conferencing software, such as Skype for business, Skype, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting or Google Hangouts. When the USB cable is plugged into a computer, the HDL300 system is recognized as a standard USB audio device. No additional drivers need to be installed. The integrated microphone and speaker bar is easily installed on any wall and connected by a single Ethernet cable (for power and communication) to the breakout box. The wall-mounted location minimizes the distractions of table noise and keeps the table clear.
Advanced DSP algorithms place 8,192 virtual microphones in the room to pick up and process audio, creating an immersive, natural audio conferencing experience for participants at remote locations. All of this is enabled by a powerful processor, with 15,000 MIPS compared to 400 to 1,000 MIPS for conventional systems. The technology creates a platform for Nureva, offering a range of future extensions that could include support for larger rooms, audio input and control and integration with the Span system.