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Earphones: The Next Significant Platform after Smartphones

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Abstract: This talk will argue that “earables” is the next significant mobile computing platform after smartphones. With numerous sensors, processors, and radios getting embedded into modern earphones, we envision these devices to create a new eco-system in the next 5 years. Earables will run voice assistants like Alexa; will sense human motion and gestures; will track health metrics through the ear; and will open new forms of interactions, such as acoustic AR/VR. The leap from today’s ear-phones to “earables” will mimmic the transformation from basic-phones to smart phones. Today’s smartphones are hardly a calling device anymore, much like how tomorrow’s earables will hardly be a wireless speaker or microphone. This talk will attempt to foresee the road ahead, starting with the socio-technical drivers and opportunities, followed by the technical research questions that emerge from this new eco-system.

Bio: Romit Roy Choudhury is a Jerry Sanders Scholar and Professor of ECE and CS at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). He joined UIUC from Fall 2013, prior to which he was an Associate Professor at Duke University. His research interests are in wireless networking, embedded sensing, and signal processing. Along with his students, he received a few research awards, including the 2017 ACM MobiSys Best Paper Award, the 2016 UIUC Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2015 ACM Sigmobile Rockstar Award, etc. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2018. Visit Romit’s Systems Networking Research Group (SyNRG) at

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