I work from home where I share quarters with two dogs, a cat, and two birds. Most of these critters are quiet--except for Spot. Spot is a Great Pyrenees/Blue Heeler mix who, even though she has a cat that she likes just fine, is the arch enemy of any cat that enters her yard. Naturally, that happens when I'm on the phone.
The other day, I was interviewing Peter Santos, CEO of Audience regarding their new technology, the Audience Voice Processor, which nearly wipes out background noise. See Audience voice processor mimics human hearing to improve mobile calls. It was surreal, here I was trying my best to hear what Peter was saying while Spot is providing one of the best examples possible of very irritating background noise. I even volunteered to ship her to Peter to use in their demo.
Peter did demo the technology (without the dog), and it really is pretty awesome. Even though I'm often ready to throw my phone away based on poor voice quality, I never realized the problem was so widespread. It is. It seems that during 2007, more than 182,420 mobile subscribers a day left service providers based on poor voice quality, according to a recent audit performed by Ditech.
So, Peter let me know if you'd like me to ship Spot to you for just a little while. Do you have cats?