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Earbud image analysis to recognise when someone is talking to you

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249224D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-10
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Earbud image analysis to recognise when someone is talking to you

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Earbud image analysis to recognise when someone is talking to you

Noise cancelling headphones have the drawback that it can be difficult to realise when someone is talking to you. This solution attempts to address this issue by recognising when someone is trying to talk to you whilst wearing noise cancelling headphones and alerts you.

This solution would recognise someone talking to you by analysing video footage from the users surrounding area. The video would be recorded from cameras built into the earbuds and facial recognition techniques would be used to recognise when someone is talking to you. Additionally it would be possible to recognize someone walking up to you even if they did not say anything - this would mean it would be possible to initiate the solution before someone who walks up to you even commences talking so the first words are heard. The advantage over existing solutions is that:

it is not reliant on the use of particular keywords.1. it can be used in a crowded and noisy office where it might be hard for a computer2.

to distinguish keywords the user can be informed of the approaching person before the point that they3.

would be expected to react if they did not have earphones on and can react in a completely 'polite' and expected manner while maintaining the ability to listen to headphones - existing solutions require someone to walk up (no reaction so they appear to be being ignored), say an initial trigger sound (which the user does not hear - so the talker feels more ignored), then repeat themselves to be heard Scenario without solution:

The user is working at their desk listening to music through noise cancelling headphones. When a visitor comes up to their side (not within their field of vision) and begins talking to them, they do not realise they are there as they cannot hear or see...