Finite Elemente Active Equipment
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At time of report, 1 is approximately 1.37 US dollars.
Germanys Finite Elemente premiered its newest
creation at High End 2009, an audio stand that is said to cancel resonance actively
(there is no formal model name or price yet). Shown above are the companys
co-owners, Luis Fernandes (right) and Bernd Brockhoff (left), who were in charge of
developing the product. Luis and Bernd were demonstrating how their technology could, with
the flick of a switch, cancel the ringing of the tuning fork that Brockhoff was holding.
This, in turn, is what they try to achieve with the stand. The stand in the photo above is
a prototype built to showcase the technologies and materials used in the finished
The shelf construction uses a combination of wood and
foamed aluminum. But the real story behind this new stand requires peering ...
...underneath, where you will see the active components:
piezoelectric ceramic elements that can counteract the mechanical flexing of the shelf.
The company determined the positioning of the elements by measuring the various points
where the shelf can vibrate and flex. In a nutshell, any vibration that occurs in the
shelf material from above is cancelled by the force from below via the piezoelectric
We arrived at the show so early that the company wasn't
ready to show off a finished stand yet. However, we convinced Luis and Bernd to unveil the
production version of their new creation a bit early for our camera. The finished stand
looks gorgeous, with no sign of the rough edges seen in the prototype.