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Remote Audio Monitoring for Detection of Emotion Changes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248757D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-06
Document File: 3 page(s) / 51K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for remote audio monitoring for the detection of emotion changes. The core idea is to have a device that records dialogs, sends the recordings for analysis and identification of emotions based on tone of voice, and then alerts a primary caregiver when tone might indicate instances of emotional abuse of the party under care.

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Remote Audio Monitoring for Detection of Emotion Changes

Parents have become concerned with the safety of children watched by caregivers. There are many cases of children suffering abuse from the people that are supposed to take care of the children . The abuse can include neglect, physical and sexual assault, and emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is difficult to detect because it may not come with injuries . This problem can mostly occur with more physically frail people, such as children, elderly adults, and incapacitated adults who are more vulnerable; people can take advantage of it. Aware of this problem, parents or guardians install cameras and audio monitors in order to monitor how the caregivers’ treatment. However, it is not viable to watch all video and audio records because of the extensive volume (e.g., an eight-hour recording from a workday takes a lot of time to review).

Some existing related solutions detect baby emotions from wearable devices or audio monitors that analyze when the baby cries , then alerts the parents. The drawback of a wearable device is that it can be easily discovered by caregivers. Baby monitors that analyze baby cries can leave emotional abuse behind. Sometimes looking for injuries is not sufficient because the children or elderly can suffer emotional abuse, which is more difficult to detect. Emotional abuse includes intimidation, humiliation, or terrorizing. Thus, there is no efficient way for detecting maltreatment from a caregiver to children and elderly patients . A solution for this problem can result in many benefits for society and the ones that suffer violence . A system is needed to detect maltreatment from caregivers.

The novel contribution is a system for remote audio monitoring for the detection of emotion changes . The core idea is to have a device that records dialogs. The device is connected to the internet, and the recorded data is sent to a back-end system via the internet for processing. The system analyzes the audio records using an existing tone analyzer service that uses linguistic analysis to detect emotions.

Emotions such as anger may be tagged as suspicious. The back-end system saves the time at which the suspicious dialog occurred. The system sends the information via short messaging system (SMS) or email to the responsible person (e.g., primary caregiver, parent, etc.) in real time, with the date and time that the suspicious dialog ha...