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One Llama: Passive Listening

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One Llama: Passive Listening

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The technology company One Llama wants to lend you an ear. Its team of computer scientists and software engineers created an audio intelligence platform that serves as the information industry's first artificial ear. The Sensor Sound (SSLlama) Toolkit for Wearable Devices, cloud-based software that hardware manufacturers can embed in their products to act as a complement to the human ear, adds a layer of audio detection to smartphones, watches, fitness monitors, as well as other wearable devices.

Hassan Miah, One Llama's CEO and founder, says this technology became a reality 10 years ago, when the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications created a project that used machine learning (a form of artificial intelligence dealing with predicting outcomes) to analyze sound data with input from the library and computer science departments. "The approach was to try to replicate the human ear," says Miah. "A lot of it was related to music recommendation in the beginning. ... Our technology takes an audio sound and splices it up, and listens to it every 15 seconds and breaks it up into 534 slices. So if you took a typical song, you're looking at thousands of slices. This quickly becomes extremely complicated." Miah says that the popularity of smartphones solved the complexity problem: "Today's smartphone was a supercomputer 10 years ago."

SSLlama passes information between a smartphone and the cloud to create audio alerts. …

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