- Cara Delevingne calls out Justin Bieber for ‘ranking’ wife Hailey’s friends Friday 9:07 PM
- Fans defend Jenna Marbles after some people claimed she mistreated her dogs in a recent video Friday 8:37 PM
- ‘Friends’ gets reunion special on HBO Max, fans go wild Friday 7:37 PM
- Why you should drop everything and start reading ‘Lore Olympus’ Friday 6:27 PM
- ‘Boogaloo’ memes are trying to organize a second civil war—and they’re spreading fast Friday 3:48 PM
- People are disturbed by these McDonald’s-scented candles Friday 3:47 PM
- Season 2 of ‘The Witcher’ is in production Friday 3:16 PM
- Here are some cringey billboards Bloomberg ran in Arizona Friday 2:51 PM
- PewDiePie returns to YouTube after 37-day hiatus Friday 2:01 PM
- Why was a Republican Party Facebook page co-managed by someone in Turkmenistan? Friday 1:26 PM
- The shorthand guide to ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Friday 1:07 PM
- Congress urges Tinder to screen for sex offenders Friday 1:03 PM
- Video shows 9-year-old threatening suicide after being bullied Friday 12:01 PM
- Ex-Goldman Sachs CEO says he might vote Trump because Sanders is too mean to him Friday 11:40 AM
- Twitch streamer says she was banned for body painting Friday 11:39 AM
Noise-canceling headphones are a gift from the heavens that make music better and traveling more bearable. They’re also sort of dangerous and a good way to get divorced if your spouse thinks you don’t listen. A new patent that was recently awarded to Amazon may just fix that last problem. What if your noise-canceling headphones could recognize your name when it’s said, turning down the volume so you could hear it? That’s Amazon’s idea.
The patent, discovered by CNET, is for headphones that automatically stop playing when they detect certain sounds. For commuters this would mean finally being able to listen to your headphones without missing out on sounds like the ding of your next stop, or simply being able to hear your name when someone is trying to get your attention.
Given Amazon’s success with Alexa, it isn’t a stretch to see them utilize a similar smart listening process in their headphones. In fact, one of the inventors listed on the patent, Benjamin Scott, worked on the Alexa Information team. Of course it does raise the question of how connected these smart headphones could be. Just imagine a future where punk kids are hacking your headphones to listen in on you.
That probably won’t be a problem for a while however. Just because a patent is awarded doesn’t mean it’s necessarily being used or being made. Amazon hasn’t announced any plans for such a device. As of right now it’s just a possibility sitting on Amazon’s shelf.
John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adopter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also also find him regularly performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.