Acoustic Cameras

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Acoustic cameras use arrays of microphones to isolate where sounds are coming from. As Steve Mould shows in this video, they have some incredibly cool properties. They can show engineers which part of a device is producing particular sound frequencies, which is handy, for example, when trying to quiet a vacuum cleaner or learn which wheels on a train need maintenance. They can also show how sound moves around a room; near the end of the video, you can see the echo from a clap flashing around a room. Check out the full video for more! (Video credit: S. Mould)

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