Noise Canceling AI Headphones Lets Wearers Choose Which Sounds They Hear

Noise Canceling AI Headphones Lets Wearers Choose Which Sounds They Hear

Published: 2023/11/09 – Updated: 2023/11/10
Author: University of Washington – Contact: washington.edu
Peer-Reviewed: Yes – Publication Type: Reports and Proceedings
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Synopsis: Using semantic hearing the headphones stream captured audio to a connected smartphone, which cancels unwanted environmental sounds. For example, someone might want to erase car horns when working indoors, but not when walking along busy streets. Yet people couldn’t choose what sounds their headphones cancel. Tested in environments such as offices, streets and parks, the new system was able to extract sirens, bird chirps, alarms and other target sounds, while removing all other real-world noise.

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Definition

Noise-cancelling Headphones

Noise-cancelling headphones are a special type/kind of headphones which suppress unwanted ambient sounds. Noise-cancelling headphones can improve listening enough to completely offset the effect of a distracting concurrent activity.

There are two kinds of this noise cancellation: passive and active:

  • Active noise cancellation uses more advanced technology to actively counter noise by detecting and analyzing the sound pattern of incoming noise and then generating a mirror “anti-noise” signal to cancel it [...]

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