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Sound-triggered window closer

For undisturbed sleep.
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It's nice to have thw window open on hot summer nights; but then some inconsiderate person rides past on a noisy moped, or rumbles along the road in a big truck.

The answer is an electric window closer; when the external noise level exceeds an adjustable threshold, the window is quickly but quietly driven closed. Once the noise is past, the window re-opens.

8th of 7, Jun 18 2003


       do you snore by any chance?
po, Jun 18 2003

       Knowing my luck the window would close with a loud squeeeak.
Jinbish, Jun 18 2003

       <Carrie/><Turns head quickly/><Telekinetically menaces/>
Window shuts
</Telekenitically menaces></Turns head quickly></Carrie>
thumbwax, Jun 18 2003

       The sound of your boss's voice closes the browser window.
bristolz, Jun 18 2003

       Add a thermostat and rain sensor, and I think this would be the perfect high-tech window. Windows are already expensive - I would imagine this would not raise the cost past that of high end windows.
Worldgineer, Jun 18 2003

       I was about to question the cost and complexity of a mechanism that could close the window quickly and quietly enough without slamming it. Then I thought of a bonehead simple way that even a cheapskate like me might buy. So +
half, Jun 18 2003

       [half] Is your way secret? I'll share mine - add a screw on one (or both) side(s) with (a) motor(s).
Worldgineer, Jun 18 2003

       Big fat all butter croissant if you can persuade hoteliers to fit these.
my face your, Jun 18 2003

       Noise cancellation would be easier and cheaper...
phoenix, Jun 18 2003

       So would earplugs. But for comfort reasons I don't want something on/in my ears while sleeping.
Worldgineer, Jun 18 2003

       buggar, dustin left his tail out of the window again.
po, Jun 18 2003

       [1.143] Please add an electronic eye (one of those safety things that automatic garage doors have) for [po].
Worldgineer, Jun 18 2003

       :) it wasn't my tail outta the window.
po, Jun 18 2003

       //it would be neat to turn over half asleep//
half, Jun 18 2003

       you never done that, half? I do it all night long.   

       oh whoops! sorry, Mrs Half!   

       oh go back to your old name, you were half the trouble.
po, Jun 18 2003

       Now if the window could register lightning flashes, it could supersonically close before the thunder arrives (and the aroma from the neighbor’s Blitz Barbeque).
FarmerJohn, Jun 18 2003

       //supersonically close//
Thereby creating a miniature sonic boom even closer to your ear?
krelnik, Jun 18 2003

       bliss... and then ...
po, Jun 18 2003

       My guess is that halfever's sleeping next to bliss is the baked version of this idea.
Worldgineer, Jun 18 2003

       phoenix, noise cancellation is harder and more expensive, and the best you can achieve is converting white noise of one type to white noise of another, (steady traffic into rain or waves on a beach), which have been done. the problem with noise cancellation is that you will never eliminate all the sound coming through the window, due to some baked sound wave properties that I don't understand. i read it in Popular Science or some such tripe a few years ago, where they actually made windows that were combination mics/speakers, using the glass as a sound generating membrane to generate cancelling sound, and spending tons of cash in development they could only transform the soundnot eliminate. they worked with the windows closed though, and were trying to eliminate the sound of the freeway that got in no matter what, when your house is very close to the freeway. (i love tripe) and this idea. here's my cracker.
oxen crossing, Jun 18 2003


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