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Sorama cooperates with Stanford

Stanford flys a micro quadcopter over the Sorama CAM1K

Stanford has selected Sorama to join in on an extensive research campaign focussed on understanding the dynamics of flight. Stanford Professor David Lentink has invited Sorama to his Lentinklab in Palo Alto last month to perform multiple days of testing with two Sorama CAM1Ks and two CAM64s. The high amount of channels combined (2176 MEMS microphones) and the extreme high-precision 3D transient Near-field Acoustic Holography Sorama provides were key to the research of Lentink and his PhD students.

Lentink's group studies biological flight as an inspiration for engineering design. They focus on key biological questions which are probed with new engineering methods to find inspiration for innovative flying robots. Their comparative biological flight research ranges from maple seeds and insects to birds such as swifts, lovebirds, and hummingbirds. For in-depth biomechanics research they focus on bird flight. Their fluid mechanic research of dynamically morphing wings ranges from studying vortex dynamics to fluid-structure interaction. They apply their findings through robot designs centered on flying in complex cluttered environments under realistic atmospheric conditions. (Taken from

Stanford University invited Sorama to the heart of Silicon Valley last Month to perform some unique series of measurements on the acoustics of flight. Special interest goes out to the sound and movements new types of drones make. We cannot tell you all the details yet, but expectations are high and the results so far are surpassing expectations. Sorama was asked some months ago by Professor David Lentink to join in on this special research project because of the quality of the Sorama sound cameras (CAM1K and CAM64) and especially the one-of-a-kind, extremely sensitive near-field acoustic holography methods that comes with it. We were on location in California for more than a week with two 1024-channel CAM1Ks and two 64-channel CAM64s in a fully ethernet synchronised 2176 channel setup. Furthermore, the setup contains eight motion capture cameras and four high speed cameras. Once more info and/or scientific results may be communicated we will definitely let you know.

Close-up of the setup with two CAM64s, two CAM1Ks and one of the 12 highspeed cameras