Audyse Technology Inc.

Lay Summary 

At Audyse technology, we set out to prevent hearing loss in environments that suffer from low-frequency noise and drone that can cause permanent hearing damage; using active noise cancelling technologies, we can reduce the heard noise at a person’s ears by up to 40dB(A) – that is about the same noise you would experience in a busy cafeteria. With our unique hardware and software, we feature four noise cancelling levels targeting specific frequency ranges: 30Hz, 100Hz, 300Hz and 1000Hz. This allows us to specifically target the areas that are most likely to result in hearing damage after prolonged exposure, but with our technology, we also aim to integrate into hearing aids to allow people who wear hearing aids to have better situational awareness and improve their quality of life in environments that have background noise. Active noise cancelling is a technology that actively cancels external ambient noises, but with our algorithm, we allow sudden noises to pass directly through to the end-user; this allows greater situational awareness while cutting down on drone. Our Audyse product features technology that listens to voices and gives this directly through to the end-user while cancelling the ambient noise, all paired with Bluetooth 5.0 and in partnership with Sony’s LDAC technology to provide high-definition audio streaming.

 

Our product is designed to be integrated into any existing helmet by the end-user. This allows customers to purchase our product to implement into any helmet of their choosing. This lets people select the helmet that best fits their needs, personality, and body type while also allowing us to hit the maximum number of end-users. Our main competitors mainly focus on supporting communications and Bluetooth; however, they are not as concerned about audio quality. Therefore, with our combination of Bluetooth 5.0 and Sony LDAC, we can provide superior audio quality. When combined with Active Noise Cancelling technology, we can reduce heard noise and protect hearing which is our number one priority. Lastly, with any aftermarket system, there is always the concern of it being difficult to install. We set out to make our system as easy to install as possible. This minimizes the number of parts to be installed. Our system features a main enclosure that mounts on the bottom of the helmet near the foam. This keeps the style and looks of the helmet, which many people pay for, while also reducing air drag. Lastly, our design includes three-dimensional gesture recognition, which allows for ease of operation while wearing gloves. This is due to the system detecting gestures verse having to press a small button. This results in less focus needed to control the device and more focus to be used on driving.

 

Our solution aims to solve the problem of hearing loss among motorcycle users who may not even know they are at risk. Many motorcyclists know that hearing loss is possible with loud noises, but many do not know that low-frequency noise can be just as harmful. Commonly used solutions for noise prevention are in-ear and over-ear earplugs. Over-the-ear earplugs cannot be used in a helmet and in-ear protection is suboptimal, as it removes all noise – not just the harmful sounds. When operating a motorcycle, this is not ideal as your hearing is very important while riding – hearing provides us with much of our situational awareness. With our product, only the harmful noise is cancelled so the user can hear the noises they need to hear. Additionally, we have different levels, which means that when the user is moving, we can target the frequencies most likely for hearing loss, and when the user is stopped, we can amplify the external noise. This allows motorcyclists to hear everything around them. In the case of hearing aids, I have seen firsthand the side effects of hearing aids in crowded environments. Using Active Noise Cancelling to remove the ambient noise and only amplifying the noise that is meant to be heard allows the user to have greater situational awareness, as well as enabling them to improve their quality of life. Overall, we set out to prevent hearing loss and improve users’ quality of life with hearing loss.

 

More information about this project can be found here.

 

Funding 
Mel Woodward Cup Submission
Locations 
Newfoundland and Labrador
Themes 
Entrepreneurship
Hearing Loss
Start date 
1 Jan 2020