PREVIEW: QuietOn active noise cancelling earplugs

CES 2017, Las Vegas: A unique concept from two ex-Nokia engineers in Finland is a boon for travellers trying to get some shut-eye while pulling the long-haul

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CES 2017, Las Vegas: We’ve all been there; 14 hours left on a flight to somewhere you have to go straight to work. Sigh. If only it wasn’t for those 80 decibels of white noise coming from the aircraft engines. Cue QuietOn, which has just released details of the ‘world’s only’ (you hear a lot of that at the CES) active noise cancelling earplugs!

Cabin noise

“The QuietOn project started from the need of saving the air passengers from the weariness of continuous airplane cabin noise. Now the number of QuietOn’s user groups is growing daily as more people are adopting the earplugs,” says Global Sales Director Olli Remes from QuietOn in the press release.

Functional sleeping aid

QuietOn has been accepted as a functional sleeping aid by suppressing the noise of a snoring partner or sounds coming through walls in the apartment, hotel room or any other contemporary accommodation. Hospital patients and military personnel have also concluded that QuietOn earplugs work well in creating one’s own personal space in group accommodation.

Get some work done

“Our active noise cancelling earplugs have also proved to be an essential tool in enhancing the work ergonomics. For example dental clinics are interested in the product in saving dentists from the inevitable hearing loss,” Olli Remes says.

How they work

QuietOn earplugs utilize active noise cancellation technology as well as passive acoustic attenuation. The earplugs’ microphones capture external sound and use speakers to produce phase-shifted sound that cancels out the original sound. “The greatest benefit of active noise cancellation technology is that it reduces the low frequency sounds that ordinary earplugs are not able to address. Our product fits to larger and smaller ears perfectly. We have designed a handy carry on box that also functions as a charger. You can use the earplugs up to 50 hours with one charge,” Remes emphasizes.

Tested in the air

The inventors of QuietOn, Matti Nisula and Janne Kyllönen, have a background in Nokia mobile phones and electronics. The idea was to have active noise cancelling product that was small enough to enable sleeping and that the noise cancellation performance would be even better than market’s leading headphones.

QuietOn earplugs are being presented at the CES 2017, booth No. 51711 in Eureka Park, Sands Expo, Hall G.

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