Chairs and Pods May not only Shield You from Noise, but also Enable More Comfortable Conversations (image) Acoustical Society of America Share Print E-Mail Caption To make open offices less noisy, researchers are creating small "acoustic islands" using high-back chairs and retroreflective ceilings to direct sound to help you hear your own conversations -- not others' -- better. During the 175th ASA Meeting, Manuj Yadav will present work toward solutions to the speech distraction problem in open-plan offices. Chairs and pods may not only shield you from noise, but also enable more comfortable conversations over short distances. Credit Densil Cabrera Usage Restrictions This image may be used only with appropriate credit. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.