Amazon’s New Invention is a Game Changer
Amazon have done it again on the cool but probably unnecessary gadget front, and this time have come up with headphones that recognise sound patterns. In other words, if you’re an anti-social headphones user that likes to block out the rest of the world whilst you listen to music and pretend you’re somewhere else, you will be able to hear over your music when someone calls your name due to breakthrough new technology. This is all well and good if it’s a matter of urgency, not so great if someone annoying is just shouting your name for no real reason other than to piss you off. Admittedly, the technology is still in the planning stage and so there is still room for it to fail, but if it works, this could be the next game changer in the headphone world since wireless.
The headphones work by recognising all sounds, and actively muting the irrelevant ones such as general chit chat and the general noise of outside, eg. cars on the roads, and stopping the noise coming from your headphones when they recognise certain keywords eg. your name. It could be a specific trigger word, a phrase or even a sound that will cause the headphones to divert your attention. Upon recognising your specific keywords, the headphones will stop cancelling out noise from the outside, so that your music is interrupted. You will then be aware that something or someone is trying to get your attention. Will headphones like this be a hit? Most people listen to music to get away from the outside noise, but in the likes of an office environment they may be useful. People tend to sit with just one earphone in, for fear of missing an important notice, or to simply avoid the awkwardness of not being able to hear someone when they are talking. Now you can enjoy your music without the fear of accidentally ignoring someone.
The company that are designing these headphones have already made some pretty impressive inventions in the world of sound technology in the form of Amazon Echo. The speakers adopt a virtual reality vibe, as users interact with Alexa, the built in virtual assistant. You will have to acknowledge your assistant by saying ‘hey Alexa’ and ta da, your speakers will fire up and are good to go. Although impressive, the interaction with speakers may seem a little unnecessary for some. Another motive behind adopting virtual assistants and noise wary headphones is safety. Although a great time passer when walking, headphones do disguise hazard bearing noises, and if your head phones make you aware to potential danger, then surely they are definitely worth an investment? The company hopes that soon the selective hearing technology will be able to be tailored to keywords of your choice. The development and further improvements of this technology is going to take time, as obviously there is no room for mistakes when it comes to sound cancelling, and everything needs to happen in real time, there and then, in the moment.