Playback gadget mutes to let important noises in

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This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

One of the joys of headphones is that they enable the listener to immerse themselves totally in their audio of choice. This is all very well when the listener is trying to indulge in some alone time or filter out the sounds of the their fellow commuters, but it poses a problem when their colleague is reduced to flailing their arms around to try and get their attention. We have already seen earphones that offer users the ability to let in ambient noise, and now SoundBrake is an audio gadget that will automatically mute headphones when it detects external noises.…

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