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CES: Jabra puts AI in sound

Updates and expansions of the Jabra headset range enhance voice control and artificial intelligence in the category.

Headphones are coming closer to the vision of replacing smartphones, thanks to the arrival of voice control, artificial intelligence (AI) and enhanced battery life.

That, at least, is the promise held out by active headset leaders Jabra at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, with the expansion of its Elite headset range and release of the Jabra Move Style Edition.

The new Elite 85h headphones are fitted with Jabra SmartSound, AI technology that provide intelligent adaptive audio, and hands-free Voice Assistant Control, allowing for faster and easier voice assistant access on-the-go.

The SmartSound feature has been developed in partnership with the intelligent audio analysis company audEERING’s soundscape technology. This feature ensures the audio of the headphones automatically adjusts to its surroundings. 

The microphone solution, combined with the Jabra Sound+ app, creates a hands-free Voice Assistant access experience with Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. This means invoking the wake word rather than having to push a button to activate controls, 

The Elite 85h headphones are also claimed to set new standards in activity time, with maximum battery life of 32-hours, along with advanced six-microphone call technology and custom-engineered 40mm speakers for top-quality acoustic experience and industry-leading durability. It features Active Noise Control (ANC), better known as noise cancellation.

Jabra is also announcing full Voice Activation (VA) integration with Chinese tech giants Baidu, Tmall, Tencent and iFlytek.

Click here to see the specs of the latest Jabra accessories.

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