Scientists invent wireless earbuds that use AI to reduce background noise

‘Method is quite similar to how your own ears work,’ scientists say

Vishwam Sankaran
Tuesday 12 July 2022 19:11 BST
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Scientists develop earbuds that use AI for noise cancellation

Scientists have developed wireless earbuds that use AI for background noise cancellation in real time, an advance that may find a range of applications, including in smart-home speakers and tracking robots.

The earbuds, named “ClearBuds”, were described in a presentation at the recent Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services.

Researchers from the University of Washington in the US used a novel microphone system and one of the first AI systems of the kind to operate in real-time and run on a smartphone to enhance the speaker’s voice and reduce background noise.

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