Overcoming Apple AirPods' automated sound adjustments and noise reduction, researchers at the University of Washington have created a novel headphone

that can listen to a single individual even when there is a crowd. These are powered by artificial intelligence.

The technology then plays only the enrolled speaker's voice in real-time while selectively canceling out all other sounds in the surrounding area.

All of this is happening even as the listener turns away from the speaker and walks around in noisy environments.

These days, AI is typically associated with web-based chatbots that provide answers to queries. In contrast, we used AI in this research to adjust the aural impression of anyone donning headphones based on the user's preferences.

Senior author and UW professor Shyam Gollakota stated, "With our devices, you can now hear a single speaker even if you are in a noisy environment with lots of other people talking."