Does a human ear has the ability to cancel background sound and filter only voice?

Because you’ve walked down any road, anywhere in the Uk, at any point in the past decade, you will know the Britain of this early twenty first Century is loud, crowded and busy.

 

Individuals shuttle past you with headsets on, mobile phones in front of their faces and from time to time, seemingly chatting to themselves (until you notice the Bluetooth receiver). Many is the time I’ve heard someone talking and turned around to address them, only to find out that they aren’t chatting to me at all. There are far more vehicles #on the# road and there are more highways for those cars to operate on. Yes, this country is really a busy place and from time to time you wish to just shut all of it out. Continue reading

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Why does anybody require a noise cancelling receiver?

 

We’ve all had a day where we’ve been jolted awake by the repetitive dirge of a jackhammer outside our house, you try to ignore it and go back to sleep, but, as Austin Powers might say “that train has sailed” .

 

The noise gets louder as you approach the window. You pull the curtains back and there, right in the middle of the road is a team of blokes in hardhats who have clearly been living on cold coffee and greasy food since about 4AM. They’ve kindly put up a yellow barrier, as you needed any more signs that the road was being demolished by a pneumatic drill. Continue reading

Headphones For Jogging: Born To Jog

 

Its a difficult commerce job, how do you create headsets for running that don’t slip, slide, skip or fall out but that aren’t stapled to your earlobes? Engineers have cracked it. Well, two.

 

That scene in ‘Anchorman’ where Ron Burgundy says that he and Veronica are attempting this new fad called ‘Jogging’ is entirely plausible. Ron’s tenuous grasp of the English language aside (especially as a big shot who’s such pride in his collection of leather-bound books), Jogging was indeed a largely unknown phenomenon until the 60’s and 70’s (actually the word ‘jog’ actually denotes a swift, sudden movement, like jogging one’s memory or jogging someone who’s writing/painting) until it is Started (and named) by a bloke from New Zealand named Arthur Lydiard. Continue reading