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Sound Level Identification of Need for Intervention

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246549D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and function to work with health monitoring and mediating systems to automatically alert users or appropriate third parties when it detects that an event between individuals requires intervention in order to prevent harm to the given and nearby individuals.

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Sound Level Identification of Need for Intervention

Domestic arguments have the potential for violence and can put the overall health of the members of the household at risk. As connected technology extends its reach into familial mediation, health monitoring, social welfare, etc., it becomes increasingly important to have a footprint in the domestic social space.

The novel contribution is a system and function to work with health monitoring and mediating systems to automatically alert users or appropriate third parties when it detects that an event between individuals requires intervention in order to prevent harm to the given and nearby individuals. Current cognitive analysis technology can analyze the social environment for indicators of problems.

Sensors in a room connect to a central processing unit (CPU) in a home. Through programming and training, the sensors recognize the voices of the residents or at least the regular normal decibel levels of verbal exchanges in the home. The sensors can also affix to mobile units (e.g., robotic vacuum cleaners). The mechanism for delivery of attenuation sounds can be associated with mobile devices, part of the home infrastructure, etc. For environments in which loud arguments are a common occurrence, the system notes only conditions outside that norm; decibel levels might be insufficient in some cases, so the system instead analyzes the vocal dynamics.

System setup


1. The system is calibrated to recognize the voices of family members (e.g., User

  A, User B, Child 1, and Child 2) at both speaking and raised (i.e., yelling) levels
2. Users A and B calibrate the syst...