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TableTalk - Understandable conversation in noisy places

TableTalk uses Bluetooth and advanced noise cancellation technology to make conversation clear, even in noisy environments.

TableTalk - Understandable conversation in noisy places

TableTalk uses Bluetooth and advanced noise cancellation technology to make conversation clear, even in noisy environments.

$3,248
pledged of $150,000pledged of $150,000 goal
8
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 24 2015 11:32 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 24, 2015

About

…but I can’t hear what you’re saying. Isn’t the point of meeting at a public gathering to be able to socialize with family, friends, or business partners? What about trying to communicate with a grandparent in the middle of a crowded restaurant, or even from the front of your car to the back? 

TableTalk is an assisted listening device that uses current Bluetooth technology to focus and isolate your conversation from your surroundings. TableTalk will work as a communication hub, connecting up to 5 people and ensuring a sound quality and volume that eliminates missed communication. 

Anyone who would like to make a group conversation more effective and enjoyable in a noisy environment. TableTalk is intended to improve each member’s external signal to noise ratio. It does not address internal difficulties such as tinnitus or hearing loss. If you have hearing loss, read the next section.

TableTalk is not a medical device. Like all hearing assistive devices TableTalk amplifies sounds. The American Academy of Audiologists and FDA note there is a danger of misusing all hearing assistance devices because just making sounds louder can accelerate hearing loss. If you have, or suspect you have, hearing loss please visit your audiologist and ask him or her to evaluate TableTalk for its suitability in your situation. Please visit these web sites for more information:

AAA: http://www.audiology.org/publications-resources/document-library/hearing-impairment-aged-people

FDA: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm185459.htm

TableTalk’s remote app will allow a knowledgeable person to make several adjustments and set volume limits to help TableTalk avoid harming your hearing and to cooperate with your existing hearing aid.

All other hearing assistive devices can support only a single two-way conversation; or a broadcast from one person to many. Simultaneous two-way conversations require multiple Bluetooth radios. We designed them in. TableTalk provides natural-feeling, all-hands communication. 

The experience is similar to having a conference call without the complexity, signal quality issues and associated delays. 

TableTalk uses several different techniques for improving the quality of your conversation in noisy environments.

 Each person uses an earpiece. This provides a microphone so her voice can be added to the conversation, and a speaker so she can hear the conversation.

TableTalk Operational Schematic
TableTalk Operational Schematic

A powerful microprocessor and advanced DSP hardware connects with up to 5 Bluetooth headsets. TableTalk combines active noise reduction and signal balancing with super low latency to give you the most understandable speech possible. 

Environmental noise is sampled by TableTalk’s on-board microphone as well as each talker’s headset. A powerful DSP system uses the volume and delay information from each of these sources to accurately characterize the noise and remove it from each audio stream. 

TableTalk’s signal mixing and balancing unit removes each talker’s voice from the audio mix returned to his or her own earpiece.

We've brought the design from concept to working prototypes. With your backing we will upgrade the electronics to add a whole new level of noise reduction.

First prototype using Bluetooth development boards
First prototype using Bluetooth development boards
With its supporting electronics the first prototype was as big as a bread box - but it worked!
With its supporting electronics the first prototype was as big as a bread box - but it worked!
The next prototype used custom-designed circuit boards
The next prototype used custom-designed circuit boards
All the electronics fit into a case about 7" x 7" square
All the electronics fit into a case about 7" x 7" square
The latest prototype incorporates auto-volume leveling across its 5 channels, simplifying its use
The latest prototype incorporates auto-volume leveling across its 5 channels, simplifying its use
The Team!
The Team!

Tim Beevers: Program Manager - Tim has decades of product design and management experience, specializing in medical electronics at Hewlett-Packard. He holds an MSEE from Stanford. 

Sreeraj Nair: EE Project Manager 

Deepa Appu: Technical Lead 

Jino Sebastian: Senior Technical Consultant 

Premy Varghese: HW Engineer 

Anil PC: Execution Engineer 

Hariprasad Nai: Gadgeon CEO 

Tabitha Taylor: Marketing - Tabitha keeps all our infrastructure humming smoothly.

Atul Sharma: Marketing - Atul has launched several successful crowdfunding projects in the past and is our “go to” guy for all our outbound messaging. Atul is your main point of contact for this campaign.

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Stretch goal 1 - iPhone app

When we make it to $180K our team will create an iPhone app to control your TableTalk unit.

Stretch goal 2 - Built-in headset charger

When we make it to $220K, our team will add 6 built-in headphone charging ports to the TableTalk unit.

Stretch goal 3 - Android app 

When we make it to $250K our team will add an Android app, too. 

Risks and challenges

The team members all are experienced product developers and managers.
The second generation prototype is finished and working well, and the investigation phase for the final product is nearly complete.
We have the ability to add resources to address design and production challenges.

We are using certified Bluetooth modules to simplify our approval process. With your pledges we will complete:

- Development of the advanced noise cancellation features
- Hardware cost reduction
- Production tooling
- Procurement of long lead-time parts and production quantities

Our greatest challenge is implementing the advanced noise cancellation features within the project timeline and hardware cost goals we've established.

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    OFFICIAL BETA TESTER

    Are you a serious geek? You’ll receive a TableTalk base PROTOTYPE unit, 5 in-ear headsets, a TableTalk carrying case and access to our issue tracking system, personal support, and regular updates.
    Plus, you will receive a PRODUCTION version of the TableTalk base unit when it is released! Your feedback will shape the final product, and your prototype unit will surely skyrocket in value and be the envy of people like Steve Jobs except who are, well, you know, alive.

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