Knopples looks like another interesting hardware startup to come out of CES The first day. The Sacramento-based company has designed an accessory that it says can help flush out background noise for users in fast environments.
A minor accessory sports a Lightning plug (it’s currently iOS only), which connects to the bottom of an iPhone. The small dongle consists of a trio of microphones, coupled with an audio signal processor designed to reduce background noise.
When the device is plugged in, the Noopl app launches, establishing a connection with a pair of AirPods Pro. It is designed to use head tracking to determine the direction the wearer is facing, to provide a clear sound in that direction. The app can be used to widen the direction beam and adjust the volume.
The company was founded by Steven Verdooner and Kevin Snow, based on technology from Sydney’s National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL).
“The idea originated when Verduner was in a noisy restaurant with his father and the two experienced challenges in listening to each other, even with the father’s state-of-the-art hearing aids’ restaurant mode, “Writes in” a press release. “Realizing an enormous opportunity to potentially help millions of people, Verduner partnered with NOL and a small team of experienced scientists and engineers to create nople. Hearing industry veteran, Tim Trine, 2020 I was brought in as President and CEO to create a scalable technology platform, commercialize products and grow the company. ”
The device is currently on pre-order from Noopl’s site, priced at $ 199.