Synthetic speech system puts a dampener on noisy announcements
Public announcements in noisy places – such as railway stations, airports, or sports venues – could become quieter and clearer in future, thanks to new research.
Canine remote control
Man's best friend can get a bit tiresome, all that rolling over, shaking paws, long walks and eating every crumb of food off the floor. But, what if there were a way to command your dog with a remote control, ...
Ship noise impairs feeding and heightens predation risk for crabs
A study published in the journal Animal Behaviour found that the noise of passing ships disrupts feeding for the common shore crab. Perhaps worse, the team from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol also f ...
Touchscreen controllers feature industry's best tracking of gloved fingers
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced that its TrueTouch Gen4 touchscreen controller family now delivers multiple new advanced features, including the world's best tracking of gloved fingers on capacitive touchscreens. ...
Engineering students develop a super 'space stethoscope'
Even though astronauts receive some general medical training in preparation for a stay aboard the ISS, most of them still aren't medical professionals by any means—and with the inherent difficulties of ...
HEARBO robot can tell beeps, notes, and spoken word (w/ Video)
Grasshoppers change their tune to stay tuned over traffic noise
Grasshoppers are having to change their song – one of the iconic sounds of summer – to make themselves heard above the din of road traffic, ecologists have discovered. The study, published in the British Ecological Society's ...
New computer program helps Asian students understand regional accents
Researchers at The University of Nottingham have developed a unique computer program that helps Asian students to improve their understanding of accented English speech in noisy environments.
Does background noise make consumers buy more innovative products?
Moderate background noise enhances creativity and makes consumers more likely to buy new and innovative products, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.
The hazards of headphones
When it comes to hearing loss, a tiny iPod seems much less threatening than a rock concert but it actually may be more dangerous.
Brain rhythm predicts ability to sleep through a noisy night
People who have trouble sleeping in noisy environments often resort to strategies like earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones that muffle the sound, but a new study from investigators at Massachusetts General ...
Diagnosis can explain difficulties with hearing
Sarah Millsap could hear just fine. But when her boss pulled her aside at a meeting last fall, she still worried that her ears could get her fired.
Report Says Musicians Hear Better Than Non-Musicians
(PhysOrg.com) -- The Journal of Neuroscience reports this week that musicians are better than non-musicians at recognizing speech in noisy environments. The finding from a study conducted by neurobiologists at Nor ...
New brain findings on dyslexic children
The vast majority of school-aged children can focus on the voice of a teacher amid the cacophony of the typical classroom thanks to a brain that automatically focuses on relevant, predictable and repeating auditory information, ...