Implementing Hands-free, Voice Wake-Word Control for TWS Earbuds
True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbud headsets have become a must-have accessory widespread across demographic and social lines and teenagers to middle-aged professionals. However, multiple design and technical challenges had left smaller earbuds with only basic push-to-talk controls. Apple changed that when they introduced their new AirPods 2 TWS earbuds, which feature true hands-free voice control. This white paper will explore how new platforms and tools enable even the smallest earbuds to not only recognize voice commands, but to do so in noisy environments at acceptable levels of power, real estate, and cost.