Most businesses these days favor open floor plans for their offices.
An open floor plan is an architectural design of an office where large, open spaces are preferred above the use of small, enclosed rooms such as private offices.
While an open office plan may have some advantages, those advantages mostly relate to management and the greater ease that open offices grant them in monitoring everyone more effectively.
A worker in that type of workspace may, however, find it hard to concentrate, especially with the inadvertent intrusion of noise from co-workers.
Enter noise-canceling headphones which are great for when you just want to focus on listening to music or simply enjoying some peace and quiet.
Amazon has filed and been granted a patent for noise-canceling headphones with new and awesome features that may prove especially helpful to the type of office workers described above. They could make open floor plans in offices more bearable.
Current noise-canceling headphones cancel out the conversations of your co-workers but that could prove problematic if a vital information were being passed while your noise-canceling headphones are in use.
According to CNET while the tech giant’s patent indicates that the headphones will still cancel out your co-workers’ conversations, it will be smart enough to turn off the noise cancellation when it ‘hears’ certain sound patterns, frequencies and even keywords like a name.
The Next Web also reports that the headphones will also listen for phrases to automatically turn the noise cancellation back on, as well.
So far, there is no indication when (or even if) the noise-canceling headphones with these particular features will hit the market but it is certainly an interesting concept and could make a drastic improvement over traditional noise-canceling headphones.