A dog can be a great security system on its own, but when you’re away those barks don’t do much more than scare a potential thief. That’s little deterrent to dedicated criminals, but new software means Fido’s bark could alert you to a break-in from anywhere in the world.
Audio Analytic has developed software that can detect dog barks and through a range of low-power sensors. Just as glass-break sensors are tuned to the frequency of glass breaking, Audio Analytic has fine tuned its algorithm to pick up on the sound of a dog’s bark.
“At Audio Analytic, we believe every sound tells a story, especially in the home,” said CEO and founder Chris Mitchell. “By giving smart products the ability to respond to what is going on around them, we can create the intelligent home of the future, not just the connected one that we have today.”
The company is making the tech available as part of its ai3 software platform, which means it could be integrated into a range of security systems, from simple cameras to complex home assistants like Amazon’s Echo.
“Our new dog bark sensor enables innovative tech companies to add a really valuable capability to their products,” Mitchell said. “The software is designed to work with standard MEMs microphones and has a very small code and memory footprint, so it can be integrated easily.”
Once a bark is detected, it could activate lights to simulate someone is home, turning on a sound system or sending a notification to a phone for further inspection — useful if Rex likes to bark at squirrels or the mailman.
While the system isn’t on the market yet, it could be combined with other Audio Analytic software sensors, including window break, CO/smoke alarm detector, and baby cry detection. The company plans on adding snoring and speech detection software to its lineup later this year, further using audio to keep an eye on your home.