Building a House That Can Hear

Audio Analytic, a startup in Cambridge, England, has made it possible for home appliances to hear windows breaking and babies crying.

Hello World U.K.: Building an AI Home

As artificial intelligence software continues to advance at an alarming rate, it keeps popping up in new places. A startup based in Cambridge, England, called Audio Analytic, for example, has found a way to inject AI code into smart home devices such as the Amazon Echo and Nest’s smoke alarms. The software can detect the sound of a window breaking or a baby crying and notify the homeowner about the situation. 

Hello World host Ashlee Vance recently traveled to Cambridge to find out how Audio Analytic trains its AI systems and how well they work. After setting off a few smoke alarms and smashing some glass, Vance tests the software on a hungry, angry baby. Have no fear. It’s all in the name of science, and TV.

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