Australian audio device maker, Nuheara, recently announced the release of it’s newest feature: Focus. The latest upgrade to the company’s IQbuds BOOST hearable device, Focus uses “audio beamforming technology to isolate and enhance sounds directly in front” of the user. To access the new upgrade, users need to simply update the firmware in their IQbuds.
According to the announcement, the ideal use case for the new Focus feature is when greater clarity is needed in a noisy environment, such as a dinner party or restaurant situation.
Nuheara’s IQbuds already use what the company calls Super Intelligent Noise Control (SINCTM) to suppress background noise or enhance audio based on frequency. The addition of Focus now allows users to selectively choose to suppress noise from behind them, for example, to allow for easier conversation and a more comfortable listening situation.
Nuheara IQbuds BOOST: Focus Audio Beamforming
Along with the announcement of the new firmware upgrade, Nuheara also provided some tips and best practices related to using Focus to achieve the best results. Shown below:
How do you turn on Focus? On your IQbuds application, the “World” setting needs to be “on” to switch Focus on or off. Using the phone application, Focus can be toggled on or off. Additionally, the long tap-touch on the right earbud may be configured to toggle Focus on or off if desired. See the images below:
Is this an IQbuds BOOST-only feature? Yes, Focus is not available on IQbuds and is only available on IQbuds BOOSTTM.
Does Focus have any impact on Ear IDTM or vice versa? Focus works the best with Ear IDTM turned ON. The effect may be limited if Ear IDTM is OFF.
Which pre-configured location settings have Focus ON? Only the ‘Restaurant’ location setting has Focus turned on by default. For other locations, Focus can be turned on as shown in figure above.
Are there any conditions for it to work? Yes, Focus works best when the person speaking is close and in front, and background noise is behind.
Other recommendations: Focus is not recommended when outdoors in windy environments, or in situations where full peripheral awareness is needed (ex: driving, cycling, etc.)
Is there any impact on the call-quality? No, the call quality is not impacted by the Focus feature