Technology would be a little more discrete than some of the other noise-cancelling headphones on the market nowadays
As much as we love the fact that our ultraportable speakers can be taken anywhere, there are some instances where you can’t fill a room with your favorite song. The library for instance. On a plane also. These places unfortunately require the use of headphones.
One of the industry standards is Apple’s earbud set. Small, clean, and simple, they don’t cost much nor do they require any sort of maintenance. Their only downfall, when compared to other popular sets like, say, Beats by Dre, is the fact that because they’re so tiny, they do allow some side noise in.
Apple is aware of this product’s shortcoming and is apparently getting ready to do something about it, having recently filed a patent application for a pair of headphones that adjust their output based on how they fit in a person’s ears.
The theory is that the amount of noise making its way into the user’s ear depends upon how well / poorly the ear bud fits in the ear. According to the patent, the new earbuds would measure the ambient noise coming into the headphones using a tiny microphone. It would then adjust its output based on that reading in order to deliver the best sound quality possible.
Also listed in the application: a system that would let users know through a push-notification if the headphones have a poor seal.
What do you think? If these actually hit the market, would you use them?