Imagine controlling the volume of the physical world around you. With a remote control you could simply turn up or down the sounds of birds chirping or amplify rustling of leaves. Conversely, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to dial back the chaos and noise of shared working spaces, noisy streets and loud restaurants?
The World Volume feature in Nuheara’s IQbuds Boost lets you do just that. Similar to the volume controls on your phone that turn up or down music, phone calls, podcasts and other digital audio, World Volume controls ambient noise and speech in your physical world. Using the IQbuds application on your Android or iOS device, you can easily dial up or down “World Volume” around you.
In the animation below “N” stands for natural, meaning the volume of your environmental noise is transmitting through the earbuds at its normal level. Moving the control to the left gradually reduces the sounds in the world around you, while moving the control to the right amplifies it. Tapping the center icon will toggle world volume on or off entirely.
Without having to grab your phone and open the IQbuds application, you can now toggle audio of the outside world “on” or “off” with a simple tap of your right earbud.
Beyond “World Volume” on and off, there’s a whole lot more that IQbuds and BOOST enable you to do. Below are just a few of the other features related to how you hear the world around you:
- Use the “Focus” feature to hear speech from the person directly in front of you in noisy places (BOOST only)
- SINCTM controls allow you to adjust world audio to emphasize either ambient noise or speech
- The World Volume Equalizer adjusts bass and treble, enabling you to enhance or reduce sounds coming from high or low frequencies