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HomeSeer Technologies and Acoustic Magic Announce Partnership

SUDBURY, MA - HomeSeer Technologies LLC has begun marketing the Voice Tracker Microphone, which enables voice interaction with HomeSeer's home automation software from ranges of 20 feet or more.
Posted Oct 1, 2002
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SUDBURY, MA - HomeSeer Technologies LLC has begun marketing the Voice Tracker Microphone, which enables voice interaction with HomeSeer's home automation software from ranges of 20 feet or more. According to Richard Helmke, president of HomeSeer Technologies, the Voice Tracker's sensitivity and noise reduction capabilities significantly extends the effective range of voice control. "During tests in a 17 ft X 22 ft family room, we were able to control the television, control the lights, etc. from any seating position. It even worked with the television on!" In a public Message Board comment, Daniel Norris says: "You don't have to face the mic. You don't have to TALK LIKE THIS to get a response!!! I get better responses by talking in a quiet normal voice even from across the room. I love it." Enclosed in a charcoal gray casing, the Voice Tracker(TM) fits under a computer monitor or on a shelf or table and employs a "listening beam" that electronically follows talkers located in different positions around the room. The beam acts as an acoustic searchlight, picking up voices but spatially filtering out background noise. The Voice Tracker(TM) can scan a full 180 degrees; it can steer from one talker to the next in a few milliseconds. Its eight microphone elements and digital noise reduction algorithms enhance sound quality. It can be connected to a PC through the sound card, or through the USB port (with an optional USB adapter).
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