Washington: In a striking acoustic innovation, Swiss researchers have developed lightweight, translucent curtain materials, which are excellent at absorbing sound.
The successful project is the work of Empa researchers, who worked in collaboration with industrial partner Weisbrod-Zurrer AG, a silk weaving company, and the textile designer Annette Douglas.
With a gap of 15 cm between curtain and wall, the new developed curtain – depending on the frequency – absorbs up to five times more sound than typical lightweight curtains.
Another advantage is that because the new curtains are translucent, they can be used in a variety of places such as offices, living rooms, restaurants, hotel lobbies, seminar rooms and even multi-purpose auditoriums.
Just shortly after their launch it became apparent that the new textiles are really filling a gap in the market, as interest in them is ‘massive’ according to Eggenschwiler. (ANI)