The present invention is a device for and method of detecting voice activity by receiving a signal; computing the absolute value of the signal; squaring the absolute value; low pass filtering the squared result; computing the mean of the filtered signal; subtracting the mean from the filtered result; padding the mean subtracted result with zeros to form a value that is a power of two if the result is not already a power of two; computing a DFFT of the power of two result; normalizing the DFFT result of the last step; computing a mean of the normalization; computing a variance of the normalization; computing a power ratio of the normalization; classifying the mean, variance and power ratio as speech or non-speech based on how this feature vector compares to similarly constructed feature vectors of known speech and non-speech. The voice activity detector includes an absolute value squarer; a low pass filter; a mean subtractor; a zero padder; a DFFT; a normalizer; and a classifier.Voice activity detector655696729/04/200312/03/199920031,509Nelson; Douglas J.Smith; David C.Townsend; Jeffrey L.US Patent and Trademark OfficeGoogle Patent Searchpatentimages.storage.googleapis.com/US6556967B1/US06556967-20030429-D00000.pngUnique