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Apple could be working on AR headphones for conference calls

By Cookie Monster - on 28 Nov 2019, 12:00am

Apple could be working on AR headphones for conference calls

Apple's patent describes the augmented reality (AR) headphones as a business tool for conference calls.

The U.S Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent for AR headphones which can be used in an office setting. 

The patent describes the AR headphones as a business tool for conference calls. The AR headphones will offer augmented stereo sound to help the user hear where in a virtual meeting room each person is sitting, so that the user can tell who is speaking without having to rely on recognizing his or her voice.

The AR headphones can pick up audio signals from different people and process the metadata to automatically group or reposition them in the virtual meeting room. To improve speech intelligibility, the user can rotate to the position of the active speaker in a similar manner as one would do in a natural conversation.

Simply put, the AR headphones can create a virtual room and assign a position for each participant as he/she joins the conference call. The host of the conference call can also be positioned centrally.

The AR headphones are likely to use a new 3D sensor system that Apple is expected to debut in the next iPad Pro. The 3D sensor system is said to be capable of creating 3D reconstructions of rooms, objects and people. 

Source: Patently Apple via 9to5Mac

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