The last few months have witnessed a phenomenal increase in the use of video
conferencing services around the world. Now,Googleis upping its game by
introducing noise cancellation toGoogle Meet. This feature will be available for
G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers and is coming
to the web first. The rollout for Android & iOS will follow soon.
Dog barks, keystrokes, kids fighting, the hum of a vacuum cleaner, and the
rustling of a plastic bag, are just some of the noises that Google Meet will be
able to cancel out. In an interaction withVenture Beat
[https://venturebeat.com/2020/06/08/google-meet-noise-cancellation-ai-cloud-denoiser-g-suite/] , Serge Lachapelle, G Suite Director of Product Management, explains that
they?re taking a ?softer? approach at first.
?It?s difficult for everyone to agree on what sounds constitute noise. And even
if most humans can agree that something is an unwanted noise in a meeting, it?s
not easy to get an AI model to concur without overdoing it,? says Lachapelle.
But over time, Lachapelle says they will tune the algorithm to improve noise
cancellation and make it more functional. The feature is said to be in the works
for a year and a half, and the team has had to train the model with multiple
languages as the range of voice differs across different languages.
You can check the video below to see Google Meet?s noise cancellation in action.
If you want to know more about how noise cancellation works on Google Meet, you
can head over to the piece by Venture Beat that dives into all the details.
Although this isn?t the first time we?re seeing a company making use of AI to
help with noise cancellation. Recently we saw NVIDIA introducing itsRTX Voice
makes use of an NVIDIA GeForce RTX or Quadro RTX graphics card do an
astoundingly good job in cancelling background noise.
Although, Google?s implementation differs in that the processing all happens in
the cloud. Lachapelle says that the data is encrypted during transport and won?t
be accessible outside of the de-noising process.
There?s no word on when the feature might roll out to non-G Suite users.
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