Symphony Classroom, by Merlyn Mind, is the first digital classroom assistant built specifically for teachers. It is designed to simplify the work of teachers and to more naturally use the technology available in their classrooms. It consists of an Artificial Intelligence hub, remote control, and an AI software platform custom built for the unique needs of education and the privacy and security needs of schools. Symphony Classroom consolidates control over all your hardware, media devices and storage, as well as introducing many new AI capabilities and proprietary software to support teachers in their classrooms.
Symphony Classroom is a new generation of AI products bringing approachable technology to enhance and improve the classroom experience for teaching and learning. This multi-faceted project involved highly experienced teams, including industrial design, interface design, acoustical, mechanical, and electrical engineering, all working in tandem to create a product unique in the market.
The X pattern on the front grill, with it's sweeping lines that vanish at their convergence point, was metaphoric of the basic functionality of the product, which brings together many products and services and converges their control into one seamless access point. We also liked the fact that the original working name of the company was Xio, and the X shape was a reminder of their roots.
Symphony Classroom was acoustically designed to achieve voice clarity and output high-fidelity sound in a classroom. To achieve a dB level that was acceptable to every student in a room, the design team had to develop the placement of acoustical drivers and shape the baffle to allow the dispersion of mid and high frequencies throughout the room, and to meet the requirements of achieving a 92dB low distortion sound level with 180 degrees of dispersion.
The remote control design include an air mouse and a built in microphone. A lanyard makes it easy to hold. Attention to the smallest detail, including how the battery cover removes, reflects the care and thoughtfulness given to the engineering and functionality of the product.
The internal technology includes proprietary Edge AI™ software, internal DSP processors, a 7 microphone far field array to detect voice commands from up to 30 feet away, a powerful 6 core processor and AI accelerator to enable deep learning workloads like speech recognition and Natural Language Understanding to run locally with Edge AI™ processing