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Apple might throw improved voice-recognition functions and accelerometers at the EarPods

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Apple might throw improved voice-recognition functions and accelerometers at the EarPods
A recent patent application, filed with the USPTO, tips us that a next iteration of the Apple EarPods might come with a built-in accelerometer and improved voice recognition functionalities that provide noise-cancellation. The on-board accelerometer will detect any bone or tissue vibrations created by the user's voice before it activates the numerous microphones on board of the EarPods. What's more, Apple's earphones could come with a noise suppression system, which is touted as superior to the already-existing voice recognition methods.

According to the patent description that Apple has provided, a plethora of accessories provide voice recognition functions nowadays, but most of them have a flaw – they don't work well along with loud background noises. Enter Apple's invention, which intelligently detects the exact moment when the user starts to speak and uses dual high-precision microphones in each earbud that recognize the spoken phrases.

In addition, every time the accelerometer detects low-frequency signals (read: vibrations) coming from the user, one of the two microphones in each earphone will be steered towards any ambient background noise and eliminate it from the equation.

Bear in mind that most of nowadays' patent applications rarely leave USPTO's shelves, still, Apple's one is among the most plausible and realistic patent filings that we've recently seen.


source: USPTO via Apple Insider

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posted on 03 Apr 2014, 09:43 7

1. ankiipankii (Posts: 35; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


best earphone available in retail pack

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 10:53 4

7. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 357; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


HTC packs a better pair with the One series.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 18:42

12. techperson211 (Posts: 493; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Compare to earpod . Yes htc earphones are better in one series.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 18:41 1

11. techperson211 (Posts: 493; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


It's just average earphones. There are a lot of better earphones out there.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 09:43 4

2. chunky1x (Posts: 200; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


EarPods are one of worst overprice inferior audio gear second only to Beats.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 10:15 5

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1308; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


But they are easily the best earphones that come with phone. And where I live they definitely are not overpriced.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 10:44 2

5. chunky1x (Posts: 200; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Hell no! These have the awful clarity and the boundary between mids and highs don't exist. Have you ever tried LG's Quadbeat and Quadbeat 2(which comes with mid range to high end devices)? Both have great instrumentation separation and clarity. HTC One's IEM is also a great contender in terms of clarity and separation.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 18:43 1

13. techperson211 (Posts: 493; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I think he's only in the ecosystem of fruit logo. The reason why he didn't know quad beat.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 10:47 1

6. 1701nino (Posts: 236; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


What the heck are u smoking???I have own headphones from all of the big companys(sony,samsung,lg) and earpods are easilly the best.
Tip when a company brands a certain product it's usually good technology behind it.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 11:00 2

8. chunky1x (Posts: 200; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


I've tried them them with my brother's iPod touch. They are awful. Clarity is lacking. I've tried sub $50 Pioneer and Audio Technica and my own phone's IEM(Quadbeat) blows Earpods away by a wide margin. If you think your Earpods are good then describe what is the good side and its bad side. All headphones have a bad side and I can describe you my Quadbeat without even reading the forums. I can even tell the ugly side of Audio Technica M50 despite that I'm a big fan of these cans.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 12:16 1

9. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I will dismiss the fact that your actually comparing headphones to Earpods which is retarded, btw Beyerdynamic custom one pros trump the M50s threefold

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 18:57

14. chunky1x (Posts: 200; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


I never said that I compared headphones to earpods. I said that I can tell the ugly side of m50.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 09:47 3

3. Anshulonweb (Posts: 292; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


so many good patents..... none ever used besides rectangular shaped phone and bounce effect at end of list...

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 18:37 1

10. techperson211 (Posts: 493; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I think Sony done this already. And what's this last statement meant?
"Bear in mind that most of nowadays' patent applications rarely leave USPTO's shelves, still, Apple's one is among the most plausible and realistic patent filings that we've recently seen."
Plausible and realistic? Come on.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 19:28 1

15. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


yeah, seems to be containing some hidden meanings, or maybe his was directing to the Sammy n Apple court case...
if it really is, that's disappointing, as a good author never take his/her stand but let their reader or audience to decide...just my opinion...

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 19:47

16. techperson211 (Posts: 493; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Same opinion here.

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