Novel Earbuds Enhance Learning-Based Speech

University of Washington researchers are working to enhance speech recognition in real-time with their novel 'ClearBuds' end-to-end hardware and software system.

“ClearBuds differentiate themselves from other wireless earbuds in two key ways,” said co-lead author Maruchi Kim , a doctoral student in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. “First, ClearBuds use a dual microphone array. Microphones in each earbud create two synchronized audio streams that provide information and allow us to spatially separate sounds coming from different directions with higher resolution. Second, the lightweight neural network further enhances the speaker’s voice.”