Microsoft's New Tech Promises To Silence Background Noise With A Click
Dhir Acharya - Nov 09, 2019
Microsoft said that it has come up with new methods that may remove environmental noises in a video call made on the street, a coffee shop, or a worksite.
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Microsoft has been relying on AI technology in teaching computers to generate closed-captions automatically for meetings as well as voice chats, teaching apps to generate to-do lists by listening to people talk, and translating what people say in various languages in real-time. And now, the tech giant is working on background noise.
On Monday, the company said that it has come up with new methods that may remove environmental noises in a video call made on the street, a coffee shop, or a worksite. As of now, Microsoft’s new technology is effective with prerecorded videos that are uploaded to the company’s Stream video service for corporate customers. It promises to silence background noise easily with a click.
“Distracting” is the word used to describe background noise by Microsoft’s marketing manager for Stream Christina Torok. According to Torok, the new technology has undergone tests with various locations such as construction sites and busy conference halls.
She added that the tech giant is working to consider ways to use intelligence in videos, making it more user-friendly, while comparing this technology to its background blur tech that the company has offered to corporate customers as well as regular users via Skypes.
Microsoft refused to talk about what it plans to do with this new tech, but it would be great if it’s available for other uses too. Consumers are already paying a lot of extra costs to get noise-canceling headphones, with the most highly-priced on as Apple’s AirPods Pro at $249.
The new technology gets announced earlier this week during the Ignite corporate customer-focused conference Microsoft held in Florida. Additionally, the tech giant showed off Office app’s new version for tablets and phones, new prototype tech for data storing using glass, and a new technology inspired by social networks for corporate clients.