Eureka Park Preview: SmartEar Helps People With Hearing Disabilities, By Visualizing Important Sounds
French Startup Azur Tech Concepts is helping those in the hearing impaired community by visualizing sounds. Their new, connected device, called SmartEar brings elements of both convenience and safety to the everyday lives of those with hearing disabilities at any level.
SmartEar is a relatively simple device with big implications. It starts with a large microphone in a well designed base. The microphone, as seen above, would look perfect on a book shelf, coffee table, kitchen table or anywhere in the home. The microphone is listening for important sounds around the house like:
- Kitchen timers
- Fire alarms
- door knocks
The SmartEar can be programmed to listen for any kind of noise. It could easily be programmed to hear another voice in the room or the dog barking.
The SmartEar’s microphone takes the noises it hears and processes them, sending digital signals to two alert beacons, smartphones and the cloud. The AvertFlash beacons have multiple colored LED’s inside and are programmed by the user to flash certain colors for certain actions. The SmartEar system is fully customizable.
For instance, the SmartEar could be programmed to emit red lights on the AvertFlash beacons whenever the fire alarm goes off. Now, someone with hearing loss for any reason would know there was a fire alarm going off in their home. This is quite important in multi-unit housing environments where the loud fire alarm may actually be outside the home’s door. When the fire alarm triggers the SmartEar device, not only do the AvertFlash’s emit red colored lights but a notification with the same colored alert is sent to the user’s smartphone.
In non-emergency situations the SmartEar can be programmed to listen for knocks on the door or the doorbell. When someone is at the door the user would know by the colored light on the AvertFlash along with a notification on their phone.
SmartEar, is a smart, practical innovative technology that will help improve the live’s of people suffering from hearing loss and help provide a safer environment.
See SmartEar for yourself at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9-12th in Eureka Park, booth #50237 and online at smartear.fr
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