In Brief

The headphones are designed to solve the problem of ambient sounds killing productivity in the workplace

Sounds in the workplace, especially those created by coworkers, are ranked as the number one distraction for productivity. Alan Hedge, a workplace design expert at Cornell University, who was recently interviewed on NPR, said that 74 percent of workers report disturbances and distractions from ambient noise in the office. To help resolve this issue, Paris-based startup Orosound launched a Kickstarter campaign recently for 7that are designed to tune out office sounds that are distracting.

Tilde, the name of the noise-cancelling earphones are designed to control ambient noise levels so that workers can focus. While ambient noises are diminished, workers that use Tilde can still stay connected via the device’s built-in Bluetooth that connects to phones and other nearby wireless audio devices.

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