New ‘crunch cancellation’ software has been developed to remove the sound of munching while wearing a headset.
Created by software developer Dylan Fashbaugh, the AI-powered tech listens out for the sound of someone’s voice and separates it from the crunch of a snack– meaning people can chomp without making a sound.
In development over the last year, ‘Doritos Silent’ was the culmination of an analysis of more than 5,000 crunch sounds.
Once installed, you simply turn it on, and it can work in conjunction with any software that supports voice chat.
It follows a study of 2,000 adults which found 46 percent dislike the sound of other people eating and 41 percent feel self-conscious of making too much noise because others find it distracting.
Of the 2,000 gamers surveyed by OnePoll, 29 percent believe it impacts their performance, yet, eating and gaming go hand in hand for the vast majority of players.
The technology would also allow those working from home to crunch through chips while dialing into a call.
“As a gamer myself, I can testify that nothing throws me off my game more than the sound of someone else tucking into a snack,” said developer Dylan, from Smooth Technology. “Trialling thousands of crunch sounds, we carefully trained the software to remove the sounds.”
A spokesperson from Doritos said: “It’s been hard to keep this one quiet … but we are finally able to reveal the launch of our ‘Crunch Cancellation’ technology.
PC users can now download the software from the brand’s website and use it free of charge.
“We know that the nation loves the satisfying crunch of our tortilla chips, but listening to someone else enjoy them can be off-putting.
“That’s why we set out to develop the first-ever AI-augmented ‘silent’ snack, and after months of expert development, PC gamers across the country can finally crunch down a microphone without making a sound.”
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