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System and Methods for an Automated Vibration Haptic Alert Initiated by Sound Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247712D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-29
Document File: 4 page(s) / 166K

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This idea solves the problem of people being unaware of sounds in their environment that they should be aware of. The cause may be any of the following or a mixture of more than one: The person is hearing impaired with regard to frequency, volume, direction, or discrimination of sound from background sounds due to physical disability or wearing of clothing or hearing protection like ear plugs The person is reliant on imperfect assistive technology such as hearing aids which commonly increase volume but inhibit the identification and/or directional awareness of sounds The person is listening to other sounds through headphones, earbuds, or a loudspeaker and the device sounds block or mask outside sounds The person is focused on a task like exercise, play, or work which diverts their attention away from sounds they would otherwise notice System that is trained with multiple different sounds. With the training the system is able to identify the sound source. By using two separated microphones the automated system can also detect the direction of the sound. In case the system identifies a user predefined sound source automobile, truck, bicycle, .... train, tram fire alarm The user will be informed and alerted via vibration of his smartphone + visual alert on the phone identifying the sound source. By using separate vibration devices the solution can alert the user with the following scenarios: direction of the sound source estimation of the distance of the sound source using the left or right vibration device can determine the direction using different vibration pattern could identify the sound source The solution could be realized by using IBM Bluemix IoT platform for the following: machine learning api to identify the sound sources communication to the smartphones of multiple users IoT api Additional ideas: People wearing headphones could have an alert audible, or have the sound mixed in with the music, have the volume on their music dropped, or some combination of all of these instead of or in addition to the directional haptic feedback.

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System and Methods for an Automated Vibration Haptic Alert Initiated by Sound


The technical area is about vibration / haptic informing and alarming of people with hearing disabilities. The system will automatically identify the sound source and the sound direction and in turn initiate the vibration / haptic information / alert.

Prior Art technology: • Technologies to identify sound sources • technologies to smart phone alert (visual, haptic)

• vibration devices to translate analogue sound into vibration
• dual microphone setups that are able to identify the direction of a sound source

Problems of Prior Art technology: • currently no direction awareness available
• no end to end integrated system

Fig 1: Prior art vibration devices that translate sound into vration that can be identified by the skin.


The disclosed idea is build from three major parts: 1. Pair of sound detection devices:
1. A pair of microphones that detects the analogue sound. A pair a microphones

is being used to be able to identify the sound direction. The microphones can be placed closed to the ear for example (see Fig. 2 for details). The pair of microphones sent the analogue sound signal to a smartphone via bluetooth or cable.

2. Pair of vibration haptic alarm devices: 1. The pair of devices will be places on the skin e.g. as watch or on other places as outlined in Fig. 3. In case of a alert both haptic devices vibrate with a signature representing the alarm source. The two devices vibrate however

with different intensity / amplitude in order to identify the direction to...