What price peace and quiet?
Scott Sommerfeldt thinks the quiet PC will
cost about 20 dollars more
than usual. Along with acoustics graduate Kent Gee, Sommerfeldt has designed a noise control unit to cancel out
the whirr of cooling fans. The design, incorporating four tiny microphones and loudspeakers, leaves only the noise of air flowing through the system, a sound that the pair hopes to eradicate ultimately, as well. Though alternative solutions
computers do exist,
are not without compromise