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Commercials, Christmas/top 40 music, chatterboxes, all annoying.
Especially after you've seen/heard the same thing over and over
and over. Using the same technology that song identification
services (soundhound, shazaam, etc.) use to tell you what song is
playing, this device identifies learned
sounds and cancels them out.
Already heard that annoying beer commercial on the radio 20
times? Tag it on your smart phone and next time your discreet
earbuds will cancel that audio pattern. Sick and tired of listening to
jingle bell rock? Tag it once and never hear it again.
These filters can be confined temporally (eg. I want to hear
Christmas music, but not before December 12th and not after the
25th). Can be used as blacklists or as whitelists (eg. I want to hear
only the sound of my alarm clock in the morning and nothing else
This could also be adaptive by using voice print technology to block
certain people after their voice has been learned by the system.
Sick of that sports caster with the annoying voice and nothing
important to say? Teach the system their voice and never hear it
again. Whitelist your children and blacklist your mother in law.
This would be equally effective in airports, subways, train stations
where the same announcer talks incessantly over the loudspeaker.
Teach it your flight number and still hear which gate you leave
from. Really the sky is the limit, and using a smartphone ensures
that the software has a list of pertinent information against which
to check what you should or shouldn't hear.
||12th is far too early. You should set it for Dec 24th through to Jan 5th.
||this has similiarities to my idea. In my case I imagine
it being web enabled so you can follow someone
elses suggestions of what not to listen to. and
replace them with something you would rather.
||@lostmind: that seems like a very good solution to a
single point source of sound that you have control
||My hope would be that you could be anywhere, bar,
friend's house, etc and have the same noise
cancellation even when you can't install a special
box to do the screening for you.