September 7, 2020
Facebook has been going all in on augmented reality but the company isn’t just focused on what we see.
In a post, the social media firm peeled back the curtain on Facebook Reality Labs’ pioneering work developing audio-enhancing technology.
Their goal is to perfect ‘audio presence,’ where sounds from speakers, headphones or other devices are indistinguishable from a real-world source.
They’re also developing ‘perceptual superpowers,’ technology that tunes out background noise and let us focus on the person speaking to us by tracking the user’s eye movements.
Neither one is coming to market any time soon, but the technologies could have life-changing applications, including for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
It’s likely the research will also finds its way into Facebook’s augmented reality glasses, expected to roll out some time between 2023 and 2025.
A top-flight team of researchers, engineers and designers are dedicated to enhancing what we hear, so that a conversation in a crowded cafe or a phone call from a thousands miles away both sound crystal clear.
By analyzing your eye and head movements, Facebook’s AR glasses with embedded speakers could identify what you’re trying to hear and dampen extraneous noise.
This article was posted: Monday, September 7, 2020 at 3:28 am