Headphones are the bane of many parents’ existence, rendering their children unreachable to come to the table, do their homework, or simply acknowledge our existence.
But new technology may be about to change all that. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the drones, sports wearables and smart home technology may have attracted most of the headlines, but it was the new Harman headphones that had parents lining up.
Here’s the concept: The company has fitted its latest headphones with a series of tiny microphones that work in concert with an app. Parents can then record their voice, a trigger word or the child’s name, on the app. When that noise reaches the microphones, the headphones automatically turn down the music volume. Will kids magically pay attention? There are no promises, but at least the excuse of your voice being drowned out by music can be rendered null and void.
An end to screaming in your home? Possibly. Unfortunately, however, the headphones are still in the prototype phase of development and aren’t expected to hit the market until 2017.
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