The latest headphones being developed by industry leader Harman promises to have parents everywhere jumping for joy.
Any parent will know the frustration of trying to get the attention of their offspring when they have their headphones on, whether it’s playing loud video games or listening to thumping music.
However Harman will be trying to make this a thing of the past. Demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show, a prototype set of headphones have been designed to listen out for pre-set noises (called “audio triggers”) that will automatically lower the volume of the headphones so the person wearing them can hear what’s going on.
Yes, this means you can program the headphones via the provided app to listen out for – for example – your kids name. So each time you call out their name, even if they’re wearing the headphones, they’ll know they are being called. Screaming out loud or waving your hands frantically to get their attention may be something that parents don’t need to worry about for much longer.
Well that will be one of the advantages to this latest technology. However the biggest selling point here could be in terms of safety. Motorists and cyclists could program their headphones to listen out for important noises related to road hazards including beeping car horns or police sirens.
The headphones come included with a microphone that blocks out all of the day to day noises that you don’t want to hear, but will prioritise certain audio triggers that you can set yourself.
The headphones were received well at the Consumer Electronics Show and if they sell well, this could represent a new generation of headphone sets.