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Near-field signal acquisition for smartglasses using two acoustic vector-sensors

: Levin, D.Y.; Habets, E.A.P.; Gannot, S.


Speech Communication 83 (2016), pp.42-53
ISSN: 0167-6393
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IIS ()

Smartglasses, in addition to their visual-output capabilities, often contain acoustic sensors for receiving the user's voice. However, operation in noisy environments may lead to significant degradation of the received signal. To address this issue, we propose employing an acoustic sensor array which is mounted on the eyeglasses frames. The signals from the array are processed by an algorithm with the purpose of acquiring the desired near-field speech signal produced by the wearer while suppressing noise signals originating from the environment. The array is comprised of two acoustic vector-sensors (AVSs) which are located at the fore of the glassesâ temples. Each AVS consists of four collocated subsensors: one pressure sensor (with an omnidirectional response) and three particle-velocity sensors (with dipole responses) oriented in mutually orthogonal directions.