Microsoft’s Top Secret Surface Headphones Project Revealed

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                                When we stepped into Microsoft&#8217;s anechoic chamber within the <a href="https://design-milk.com/microsoft-building-87/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Building 87</a> a few months ago, drowning in the surreal sensation of muted nothingness, we emerged with a few questions about the function of this unusual facility. Microsoft was coy at the time about how they were using the world&#8217;s quietest room on earth, only hinting numerous developing projects were the beneficiary of the room&#8217;s noise canceling properties &#8212; some already known, others yet to be announced. One of those projects has come to light recently: <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/surface-headphones/8nrm8dz2zw43"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Surface Headphones</a>.
Finished with a modern-minimalist aesthetic designed to complement the existing and recently updated Surface product lines, Microsoft’s new headphones were received with great surprise, arguably eclipsing other announcements unveiled during the recent Surface Event. Few were aware Microsoft had invested three years of research and development leading up to the announcement, delivering the rare truly surprising, unleaked product announcement. Outfitted with an array
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Microsoft’s Top Secret Surface Headphones Project Revealed

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/microsoft-secret-surface-headphones/microsoft-surface-headphones-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/Microsoft-surface-headphones-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Microsoft&#8217;s Top Secret Surface Headphones Project Revealed" /></a>
                                When we stepped into Microsoft&#8217;s anechoic chamber within the <a href="https://design-milk.com/microsoft-building-87/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Building 87</a> a few months ago, drowning in the surreal sensation of muted nothingness, we emerged with a few questions about the function of this unusual facility. Microsoft was coy at the time about how they were using the world&#8217;s quietest room on earth, only hinting numerous developing projects were the beneficiary of the room&#8217;s noise canceling properties &#8212; some already known, others yet to be announced. One of those projects has come to light recently: <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/surface-headphones/8nrm8dz2zw43"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Surface Headphones</a>.
Finished with a modern-minimalist aesthetic designed to complement the existing and recently updated Surface product lines, Microsoft’s new headphones were received with great surprise, arguably eclipsing other announcements unveiled during the recent Surface Event. Few were aware Microsoft had invested three years of research and development leading up to the announcement, delivering the rare truly surprising, unleaked product announcement. Outfitted with an array
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Behind the Doors of Microsoft’s Building 87

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                                I&#8217;m standing in the quietest room on earth with Ralf Groene, Microsoft&#8217;s head of design, and Hundraj Gopal, the speech/hearing scientist and principal force behind the creation of this chamber. The two seem barely able to contain a giddy palpable excitement as they ready me for an unusual experience of the senses. &#8220;Are you ready?&#8221; they&#8217;ll ask with a magician&#8217;s dramatic pause, before closing the enormous padded bank vault-like door and completely enveloping us in a morass of darkness and silence.

Ralf Groene, Microsoft’s head of design, with unnamed Microsoft employee.

The anechoic chamber is located deep inside Microsoft’s Building 87 – or  “B87” as it’s commonly referred to on campus – one of 125 buildings that has populated the Microsoft’s 500-acre Redmond, Washington campus. Despite its unassuming exterior (a concrete box exterior imagined as ‘Brutalist lite’), Building 87 is special, with a unique reputation amongst an ocean of other buildings dedicated to
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