US startup One Llama creates app that alerts users for coming danger

February 26
11:40 AM 2014

Machine-learning technology startup One Llama is developing an app called Audio Ware which will help smart devices listen for sounds of danger, according to MIT Technology Review.

Audio Aware, which is due to be released in March, is especially built to assist distracted and hearing-impaired smartphone users in listening for danger. It functions as a background Android app that will detect sounds associated to danger such as screeching tires and ambulance siren. The app also interrupts a playing music when a danger sound is detected. Users can add their own danger sounds and share them with others, the report explained.

One Llama hopes to use Audio Aware to catch the attention of wearable device manufacturers. They can use this technology in smart watches, fitness trackers, and even smart glasses. Doing this could turn Audio Aware into a monitor for workouts, health conditions, or locations, using the sounds in the environment, the report detailed.

Audio Aware works even without an internet connection. However, users will have to connect to a network to make the app learn new sounds in a new location, MIT Technology Review reported.

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