Safety App Interrupts Music Listening With Real-World Alerts


The Audio Aware app runs in the background and listens for sounds of danger.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 27 february 2014

These days it’s easy to get distracted and lose awareness of our environment, especially when we’re busy with our gadgets and devices, but there is a soon-to-be-released app that’s designed to keep a lookout for sounds of danger.

Developed by a New York-based startup called One Llama, the Audio Aware app uses the company’s proprietary technology called Audio Intelligence, which mimics the way the human ear works and is designed to listen for certain sounds and alert the users to them. The system is designed not just for the hearing-impaired but also for users who tend to get distracted.

The Android app is meant to run constantly in the background to detect sounds like screeching tires, honking car horns or sirens. When it detects these sounds, the app interrupts any other app or program in use, such as music playing, and plays an amplified version of the sound it has picked up to make the user aware.

The app is set to be released in March and it will come with the ability to detect a number of sounds, but users will be able to add their own sounds, as well as share them with others.

The Audio Aware app is just one of the applications for One Llama’s technology. The company hopes the app will get developers interested in other applications for the technology, especially for wearable tech devices.

Source: MIT Technology Review, Gizmodo

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