Amazon wants you to be able to respond when your name is called even when you have headphones on.

The company is working on  a set of noise-cancelling cans which cut the filter when triggered by safety words or phrases, such as someone yelling out for you.

This was revealed through a recently awarded a patent for its innovative design.

According to the patent, ambient audio hitting the headphones would be filtered out, as most high end noise-cancelling products do already, though they would also listen out for keywords and phrases in the ambient noise.


When the headphones pick up on a trigger, they suspend the noise cancelling feature, so the ambient noise cuts through.

Predetermined words or phrase can be specific to an end-user that utilizes the noise-cancelling device and/or a person that interacts with that user.

Information on when a viable product might hit the shelves is not yet available.