Homeowners will soon be able to connect their dogs to the smart home, which will respond to the sound of barking and trigger actions like turning on lights or sounding the alarm to deter intruders, according to artificial audio intelligence company Audio Analytic.
The range of applications are unlimited but could include turning on home appliances like lights, personal digital assistants and speakers to deter intruders or alerting consumers who can connect to their home security cameras to check on their pet.
The new dog bark software sensor was officially unveiled during IoT World where Audio Analytic’s CEO Chris Mitchell is presenting on ‘Understanding machine learning and audio event detection’.
Developed by sound recognition pioneer Audio Analytic, the dog bark software sensor is integrated with the company’s flexible ai3 software platform alongside other established software sensors on the market, such as window break, CO/smoke alarm detector and baby cry.
The software is hardware agnostic and can work in a wide range of products from light bulbs and security cameras to digital personal assistants. “The software is designed to work with standard MEMs microphones and has a very small code and memory footprint, so it can be integrated easily,” said Mitchell.
“Automated home management, grounded in sensing capabilities, has the potential to change how homes are built, owned, shared, and lived in,” says Jonathan Collins, Research Director at ABI Research, who also forecast that there will be 4.5 billion smart home sensor installations by 2022.
Audio Analytic said because each software sensor is based on the meticulous gathering of high-quality, real-world audio recordings, each one takes time to develop and fully test. “Our engineers and data scientists are currently developing software sensors for snoring and speech detection, which we plan on launching later this year,” added Mitchell.