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New Technology Making Headphones Safer

Monday, January 18, 2016

New, potentially life-saving, headphone technology debuted this year at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Known as Audio Augmented Reality (AAR), the wearer can use this technology to selectively cancel out sounds they do not want to hear, while enhancing those sounds they need to hear. The headphones can be programmed via an app to recognize various “audio triggers” picked up by the headphones’ external microphones. These triggers can include the wearer's own name being called, a bike bell, or even the honking of a car horn. To enable the wearer to hear these vital sounds, the headphones would turn down the audio in response. Conversely the headphones could be programmed to cancel out sounds that the wearer does not want to hear, such as a neighbor’s barking dog. This technology has the potential to improve safety for headphone-wearing pedestrians and cyclists, and reduce countless accidents each year.     

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