Real-time noise reduction on mobile devices
So the team decided to develop their own solution – and can now look back on a very successful project. Most importantly, their technology is significantly less complex than existing solutions. Mabande is certain that “our AI-based noise reduction is one of the most powerful and efficient systems on the market.” It can also be implemented on a broad range of devices and is independent of the hardware a manufacturer uses, which is something most previously available solutions couldn’t provide. Other advantages of the Fraunhofer noise reduction are its robustness and its outstanding performance in all scenarios tested until now. Such tests deliver important feedback to the developers: After all, a child speaks at a different pitch than an adult, and there are different sounds in Mandarin than in German or English. “The technology always works,” Mabande says. All these benefits make the noise reduction solution a valuable part of the Fraunhofer upHear product range, which comprises audio technologies created by Fraunhofer IIS that enhance sound from recording to playback. “Right now, Artificial Intelligence is a hot topic at all technology companies. With our noise reduction technology, we can take on a leading role,” explains Sebastian Meyer, Product Manager for the upHear solutions. This is also evident from the conversations about licensing options for the software that he currently has with various manufacturers in the audio industry.
Article by Julian Hörndlein, Freelance journalist and PR copywriter