Google Adds ‘De-noiser’ to Meets

Keyboard tapping, fan blades humming, dogs barking; all things we’ve had to contend with in our virtual-meeting rooms. Google’s Noise Cancellation, rolling out to Meets today, fixes that. Though it can’t improve the clarity of the speaker’s content, it’s cloud-based audio-scrubbing algorithms should improve the clarity of the sound.

Listen to this clip to hear it for your self.

Cheers

quincy

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SKYPE new feature: Blur my background

 

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    Animated image of a background being blurred in Skype.

    Ah, the foibles of working from home.

    That Skype call is about to start and you’ve got wet laundry and dirty dishes all over the place.

    Worried about what your VC attendees are going to see? Worry no more:

    Skype now offers a BLUR MY BACKGROUND. This option, similar to one present in MS Teams, uses heuristics (aka, technomagic) to discern foreground from background then applies a flattering blur similar to the one that Cybil Shepherd’s Maddie Hayes character was often filmed with.

    Next up on the R&D drawing boards:

    • Add Pants Filter (for those moments when you prematurely stand up)
    • Hide my wife and kids, for this guy

    Cheers!

    quincy

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