As our homes, places, and spaces get increasingly connected, we also get more dependent on hardware. But what if we could use mini microphones instead of sensors; to cut cost, maintenance and installation time? With sound (or no sound) everywhere, we have a chance to record everyday audio with a tiny microphone instead of tons of sensors. With AI, we can locate odd sounds among the normal - and give us a chance to automatically switch off the lights when a room is silent and empty, or stop a thief when a window breaks with a crack, or to roll in a sun visor when the stormy winds start to whistle.
To make it easier to work with sound, it's a good trick to translate waves into images, like we did with our customer Epidemic Sound (continue reading...). Once you have a dataset with images it's pretty easy to use classification models to apply on your sound task. For you who are curious and want to explore things at home connected to sound and tracking, here are a few interesting public datasets with everyday sound to play around with; AudioSet and FSD, and this is a smart thing to monitor your home with!