05. 26. 2007
Sensear headset helps separate sense from nonsense
So what’s new about a noise-cancelling, speech enhancing headset? Especially with there being several such headsets in the market claiming to have that “ultimate” edge in noise cancellation. Well, for one, what interests me is that the headset from Sensear stands out not only because of the novel design, but also because it's one among the few noise cancellation headsets that can handle several needs simultaneously.
Designed with the twin purposes of preventing Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and facilitating clear communication in highly noisy environments, the system supposedly uses an array of directional microphones that take in sound from all directions and then feed it into a powerful signal processing algorithm. This complex (read heady) algorithm then filters out speech from noise. Which means, as soon as the direction of speech is recognized, all other directions are suppressed and voice from this particular direction is processed, amplified and delivered to the wearer. Cool.
The headset also throws in Bluetooth integration, allowing the wearer to answer his mobile hands-free. Very obviously, the noise suppression element is applied to the phone calls delivered to/from the caller as well.
The specs sound impressive, but I prefer not to count the cute chickens before they . . . ahem. The headset is due for public release in September 2007. Prices yet undisclosed.