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August 30, 2012

Audyssey Quietype Muffles Keyboard Noise to Improve Telephony


The recent rise in telephony applications has provided a lot of opportunity for users to engage in multi-tasking behaviors, behaviors that are generally in demand among business users. But with the rise of multi-tasking in telephony comes one critical problem: keyboard noise. Audyssey, however, believes it has found a way to solve this problem, and open up multi-tasking without the interference of keyboard noise.

Keyboard noise, according to Audyssey CTO Chris Kyriakakis, is one of the hardest noises to filter out of a conversation using software means as it doesn't behave like other forms of background noise. Attempts to remove it via software left a large number of artifacts--too many for Audyssey's liking, so they looked at the problem and figured, if they couldn't go to the mountain, they'd bring the mountain to them instead. Thus, they created the Quietype system.

Quietype is a technology geared for keyboards that allows for substantial noise reduction by taking the specific frequencies and "acoustic patterns" generated by keyboarding and eliminating them from the call. This means that, for the most part, only a user's voice goes out over the call, and the user can carry on with keyboarding in the background without worrying about the constant clatter of keystrokes sounding in the background.

Since Audyssey is widely regarded as a provider of audio technologies in home theater, car audio, mobile hardware and more, it's a safe bet that their Quietype system will do just what it sets out to do, and give users the option to work while on a conference call or the like without their keyboard noises getting in the way of the call. The technology itself, meanwhile, is currently available for keyboard makers to incorporate into their own designs.

It's kind of a shame that this is basically only available at the manufacturer level for now, because if it were, say, something as simple as a keyboard overlay, I suspect there would be brisk demand for a product that killed keyboard noise. Still though, even if it comes in the form of having to buy a new keyboard, which it ultimately may or may not, getting it in play, by whatever means are required, is likely to be a step that will prove welcome enough.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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