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In an increasingly-open-floor-plan world, noise-canceling headphones have become a necessity in the workplace. Now, Amazon has been granted a patent to make a pair even more helpful for your office needs.
The tech giant’s patent indicates that the headphones will still cancel out your co-workers’ conversations, but will be smart enough to turn off the noise cancellation “when it ‘hears’ certain sound patterns, frequencies and even keywords like a name,” according to CNET.
The Next Web reports that the headphones will also listen for phrases to automatically turn the noise cancellation back on, as well.
So far, there’s no indication when (or if) they’ll hit the market.