Nicole found a couple interesting demos at Texas Instruments’s booth at Mobile World Congress. First up, they showed off a demo unit of a separate analog chip to do noise cancellation processing on your phone (or other mobile device) rather than in the headphones. So assuming your phone had TI’s signal processing chip built-in, you could use any pair of headphones and enjoy noise cancellation without having to shell out hundreds of dollars for headphones from Bose, for example.
Secondly, TI had a demo tablet showing haptic feedback with a guitar app. As Nicole strummed the on-screen guitar strings, the tablet provided haptic feedback to make it feel like you were strumming physical strings. As more and more apps like this are developed for tablets, it seems the next step is to provide tangible feedback enrich the user experience. It’ll be interesting to see both of these technologies from Texas Instruments adopted by mobile device manufacturers in the near future.