With the explosion of interest in conversational voice interfaces for smart home products, the VM1000 from Vesper makes this possible at an entirely different scale.
The footprint of the microphone is just 3.76 mm X 2.65 mm X 0.96 mm. Designed to be fully operational when submerged underwater, it is also dustproof, particle-resistant and shockproof.
It is the only wake-on-sound MEMS microphone which introduces the possibility of always-listening devices at practically zero power draw, supporting products that can run on a battery almost indefinitely.
“MEMS microphones have the potential to make voice a pervasive user interface for the smart speakers, smartphones, wearables/hearables and Internet of Things devices that we use regularly,” said Bobby Littrell, CTO and Co-founder, Vesper. “In order to realize this potential, however, we had to make more reliable and resilient MEMS microphones that are better-suited to microphone arrays. We employed a fundamentally new architecture and material to achieve this: piezoelectric MEMS. Our first product, VM1000, was the result. It is waterproof, dustproof, particle-resistant, highly stable and produces well-matched microphone arrays.”