Difusi developing Bluetooth compliant ‘Follow Me Audio’
By Jim Dalrymple
on Thursday announced a new line of products the company will produce in time for Macworld Conference & Expo in New York this coming July. Difusi, best known to Mac users as the company that makes Speaker Grilles for various Mac systems, is developing a technology codenamed FMA or Follow Me Audio.
Difusi is making an audio appliance that utilizes the Bluetooth wireless spectrum to distribute digitally encoded audio streams to a decoding application. Difusi President Michael Wright says the company’s appliance has been developed to accept audio streams from a variety of Bluetooth compliant devices such as cell phones, personal computers, MP3 players and others.
Difusi has been developing its proprietary audio code to include a separate encode/decode or I/O that will communicate back to the Bluetooth enabled device and offer a variety of sound level, peer-to-peer control features and enhancements that enable devices to transmit audio over a range of multiple speakers that can be added to the application.
Wright explained how the system would work with a portable MP3 player. “To illustrate the features, picture walking into a room with an MP3 player and hearing your music playback without wires while the audio follows you room to room, fading out from one set of speakers and fading in seamlessly to another, that are set to receive and decode the audio stream,” Wright said.
Difusi is currently in negotiations with several audio manufacturers to us their proprietary transducer technologies and they are talking to Motorola to use the application core from Motorola’s ColdFire processor and DSP technologies.
More information on the product will be available from the company’s Web site in the next few weeks.