Innovative technology isolates sound anywhere; see how

Being in public places is not always a good idea for those who want to maintain their privacy during a conversation. There are several reasons why this element may be compromised when you choose to discuss personal matters where other people are present.

Firstly, in public places, it is more difficult to control who is listening to your conversation. People close to you may inadvertently hear information that you would prefer to keep secret.

Furthermore, as technology advances, recording devices can be expected to record your words without your knowledge or consent.

Still, you don’t have full control over the environment in public places. Background noise, other people’s conversations and ambient music can disrupt the clarity of your communication and make it more difficult for the other person to understand what you are saying.

A lack of privacy can also make you feel uncomfortable or inhibited, damaging the quality of the conversation.

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Privacy technology

Advancing technological never ceases to amaze, and a fascinating example of this is the work that students at the University of Washington are doing in the field of robotics.

These students are developing robots capable of identifying sound sources, such as people’s conversations, and then muting them for those who do not wish to hear them.

This innovative project involves compact robots equipped with highly sensitive speakers and microphones, allowing them to capture and, surprisingly, suppress unwanted noise.

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How does it work?

Imagine you are in a room with many people talking at the same time. Now, think about having a system special, equipped with microphones, which can identify where each person is speaking from in the room. With this information, you can do two things:

      1. Create conversation zones: This means you can choose to only hear from people who are in a specific area of ​​the room. For example, if you only want to hear what people at a table are saying, the system can perform this task for you.

      2. Create quiet zones: This allows you to block out or mute the sound of people in other parts of the room. For example, if you want people in one area to be silent so they can focus on a conversation in another part of the room, the system can do that.

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      You can watch a short demonstration of how this will work in the future in the video below.

      The project is still in the testing phase and, therefore, we know little about how this system robots will work in practice. However, we know that it will help to avoid more stress when talking to someone in private.

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