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Apr 05, 2007

A popular tactic to fight noise from loud car stereos is for police to confiscate, and destroy, car audio equipment from offending cars.

Baltimore wants to this strategy one step further: they want to evict occupants who residential and commercial property if they are convicted of two noise violations in two years.

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The Fraunhofer Institute (of mp3 fame) is working on windows that can cancel interior noise.

It looks like the system is restricted to canceling low frequency sounds, so it should be effective. I’m wondering if it will really take four years for ANC windows to get to market - vibrating plates are pretty well understood and I wouldn’t think developing a marketable product would be that difficult.

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