On Tuesday, Knowles Corp., a major supplier of Apple’s iPhone mics and many other smart devices, on Tuesday released a new chip that will allow the wireless headset of the battery to respond to the voice aid Alexa to Amazon saying the name of the assistant.
Earlier, most Alexa headset users had to press a button on the headset to awaken the helper.
But to find out the smart word, these so-called smart home appliances should use the power to hold a microphone and what is known as a digital signal processor running at any time to hear about the assistant’s name. This has hampered voice tracking on small devices such as battery-powered batteries with limited battery life.
The $ 160 AirPods wireless quotes made their debut in 2016, but the company did not present the ability to awaken its voice assistant by saying “Hey, Siri” until March when the second generation of the device was released.
In April, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. introduced a limited set of voice commands for Galaxy Buds and its bixby voice helper. Headsets using the Google Assistant still have no capability.
Knowles has designed an effective chip that integrates a microphone and digital signal processor, along with a so-called reference design that will allow third-party headset makers to easily put Alexa aide in their products.
“It turned out to be a bit more complicated than we thought, but we did it,” said Mike Polacek, president of intelligence business unit at Knowles, in an interview with Reuters.
Knowles said electronics manufacturers Anker and LinkPlay plan to use chips and Alexa design to bring voice-activated versions – in comparison to the Alexa-button versions – on their headphones.
Bose Corp. plans to launch headphones later this month with Alexa aloud, but Knowles declined to comment on whether Bose is using its chip.