Startup SoundSkrit (Montreal, Canada) has teamed up with AAC Technologies Co. Ltd. (Shenzhen, China) to bring a directional microphone to market.
SoundSkrit was founded in 2019 to develop research by Professor Ron Miles of Binghampton University. That work is based on the hearing mechanisms of animals such as spiders. The development of the directional microphone could, in theory, preclude the use of microphone arrays to achieve directionality.
AAC Technologies said the partnership with SoundSkrit is intended to make directional MEMS microphone technologies widely available to end user customers across consumer electronics and automotive markets.
Directional MEMS microphones provide consistent directionality across the full audio spectrum and a high directional signal to noise ratio. This makes them well-suited to rejecting background noise and isolating a user’s voice. Linking this to signal processing opens up novel audio-related features for across the range of microphone applications; laptops, webcams, smart speakers, TVs, AR/VR, health devices, wearables, vehicles, and more.
AAC Technologies will provide support to develop and integrate Soundskrit technologies for OEM customers.
Typical applications could include enhanced wireless earbuds, AR glasses that support real-time translation, and in-cabin audio systems with enhanced noise cancelling to support playback zones and personal communications.
AAC and Soundskrit have started to engage with the customers across various segments the companies said.