It’s Time for Someone to Invent Noise Cancelling eReaders

Recently, sitting outside a high-end deli and bar with a patio,  I  noted  someone  next to  me  with one of those new Kindle Fire eReaders and they were attempting to read, but the extremely loud and chatty upper-middle class just made for TV, housewives just wouldn’t shut up. I felt bad for their disrespect of everyone else enjoying a perfect winter afternoon in the mid-70s, yes, I live in a snow-bird resort tourist town. Anyway, it seemed most unfortunate for the individual enjoying his umbrella drink and sandwich trying to read his electronic book. Okay so, maybe there is a solution here.

You see, it seems to  me  to be about the time for  someone  to invent a noise canceling eReader. But how could this be done unless it is through a headphone you ask? Well, it is possible, and let me explain how I might go about it. The first thing I’d do is have the audio feature from the eReader with directionally pointed sound focused about 2 feet from the screen about where most people place their eyes – with elevator music, very light and pleasurable, but non-descriptive and no words.

Secondly, there is another strategy I might employ. That is to have a reciprocal sound of “coffee shop” conversation noise, only the opposite wave function to cancel out most of that noise facing outward from the screen of the eReader. Let’s face it, when you’re out and about, and you are using your eReader, chances are you’d like to get in a little quality reading time between all your events in the day, especially if you are busy, and you have lots of places to be, and people to see.

Although you may be an excellent multi-tasker, as am I in the new information age, you still need to concentrate on what you are reading if you ever hope to retain that information. Such an invention or device would be a godsend for people who are serious about reading on their eReaders. Would I buy one myself? Probably yes, and what do I think something like this would cost?

Well, it might be a feature which may increase the price $20 or more, if the cost of development was spread over tens of millions of units. Indeed, if a small startup company came up with something like this, with some MIT graduate student, they could probably get a patent and license it to Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and other tech giants. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.