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System and Method for Steering People’s Loudness Levels by Injecting Controlled Additive Noise

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249026D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-26
Document File: 3 page(s) / 72K

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Abstract

A system and method is disclosed for covertly steering people’s loudness/noise levels to be louder or quieter, without explicitly asking or ordering to do so.

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System and Method for Steering People’s Loudness Levels by Injecting Controlled Additive Noise

Disclosed is a system and method for covertly steering people’s loudness/noise levels to be louder or quieter, without explicitly asking or ordering to do so.

The method and system is based on the theory of “flocking behavior”, according to which, loudness tends to encourage loudness, and quietness tends to encourage quietness. When the surrounding is loud, one talking loudly does not draw attention. However, when the surrounding becomes quiet, the person talking loudly will draw attention. Effectively such psychological bar makes people stop talking.

Considering an exemplary scenario of a loud situations where many people talk to each other, there are often such phenomena that, upon a random moment that the noise level happens to drop temporarily, a cascade effect follows, having the people stop talking and wonder what happened. After a while, everyone suddenly becomes silent.

The system intends to leverage this phenomenon to covertly steer the people’s noise levels, without explicitly asking or ordering to do so. Following figure illustrates an embodiment of the system for steering people’s loudness level.

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As illustrated, the system includes a centralized people loudness management daemon. The daemon monitors background noise level at a venue. The system also includes a distributed network of speakers and microphones located through the venue. The daemon monitors the b...