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Nobi selects ArkX Labs’ EveryWord™ voice capture for next-generation voice-enabled smart lamps


SAN JOSE, Calif.–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–Nobi, an award-winning provider of smart lamps and lighting accessories for fall detection and prevention, has selected ArkX Labs’ AFE EveryWord™ module to upgrade its voice capture capabilities. Nobi’s innovative combination of integrated 24/7 motion sensors and innovative fall detection camera technology immediately recognizes when a person falls, asks if they are okay, and if not, notify your family or caregivers. If necessary, Nobi can even unlock the victim’s front door smart lock, so help can get in without further delay. The addition of EveryWord’s advanced ultra-far field voice technology delivers enhanced audio with noise cancellation to filter out loud background sounds like a TV or radio so the resident and trusted contact person can understand each other optimally .

Nobi devices are primarily intended for use with seniors living independently at home or in assisted living facilities and hospitals.

Nobi sought the best far-field voice capture available because the volume of a person’s voice tends to be low after a fall, especially if the victim is injured. Nobi’s solution required a voice capture device that could be optimized for H2M (Human-Machine) interactions for initial fall detection and for H2H (Human-Human) interactions, allowing the victim to speak with family members. or trusted contacts. when asking for help. There was also the added challenge of detecting a victim who may have fallen from a significant distance from the Nobi device or where there is other noise interference in the room, such as blaring TV or other competing noise sources.

After extensive testing, Nobi chose the production-ready AFE module for its next-generation (2nd generation) ceiling-mounted smart lamp based on its ability to capture voice commands 3X the distance and across a room compared to the standard far-field solutions. (>9 meters). The solution worked exceptionally well in noisy, reverberant homes or assisted living settings. It also has the unique ability to identify and suppress noise sources competing with speech, providing the best voice communication experience for Nobi customers.


“Nobi is another great application of our advanced voice capture and control in patient care or Medtech devices that need to perform precisely in noisy reverberant spaces,” says ArkX Labs CEO Eric Bauswell.

Bauswell cited Lomar, a healthcare technology provider in Europe, and its recent launch of a patient care solution that enables them to communicate freely, naturally, hands-free, with medical and healthcare staff outside of the room.

ArkX Laboratories is a joint venture between product development pioneer Surfaceink and consumer electronics manufacturer Ark Electronics USA, created to bring an exceptional voice experience to the marketplace.