OtoSense: Adding Custom Sounds. The app works immediately upon download and comes pre-programmed knowing standard fire and smoke alarm detector sounds found in the U.S. and Europe. It's easy to add new sounds to "My Library" and this video shows you how to do so.
Check out our other How To OtoSense Videos to learn naming and tagging your sounds and creating a listening network by downloading OtoSense onto your other smartphones, tablets and connecting it with your Pebble Smartwatch and Philips Hue Lighting System, adding another layer of sound notification.
Here's a quick overview of OtoSense
We recommend you begin by adding audio-based sounds, typically found in your home, including
- oven timer/buzzer,
- landline telephone ringing,
- alarm clock,
keeping in mind that certain sounds associated with kitchen appliances are designed to be very loud and heard in another room.
Each time a sound is recorded, you must name that sound, and if possible, tag that sound (please note tagging is only available on Android smartphones and tablets) as this helps with identification, which improves your experience with the app.
Once you've recorded one of the sounds listed above, you must test the app's ability to detect that sound between 3 and 5 times and at varying distances. Why? The sound identification relies on the microphone of your device to detect, distinguish and identify that sound and alert you accordingly.
Based on users' feedback, keeping a device near the sound source (usually within 1 to 2 feet) is ideal. If possible, downloading OtoSense onto a tablet and/or second smartphone (it works on both Android and iPhone/iPad platforms) and connecting OtoSense to a Pebble smartwatch and/or Philips Hue Lights adds yet another layer of sound notification.
By doing this, users have shared they've successfully created a “listening network” that is able to detect and notify them of audio-based sounds around them.
Key Features of OtoSense:
- Visual representation on the screen indicates sound event is occurring or has occurred meaning you don’t need to hear a sound to know a sound happened.
- Once a sound is recorded and stored in library, a Wifi connection is NOT needed to be alert to that sound.
- Connects to any Android brand smartwatch and Philips Hue Lights.
- App can be downloaded on iPhone and iPad as well using same account login information.
- Download OtoSense on all of your devices and create a listening network using the various devices in your home.
- OtoSense can record and store up to 10 sounds in "My Library"
PLEASE NOTE: OtoSense is performing real-time audio processing and that takes power so be sure to plug in your device when actively using OtoSense.
Check out some feedback from users:
“When you’re deaf like me, you live with a “fear of missing out” of sounds like smoke alarms and oven timers -- only in our case missing something could mean life or death. So for me, even if OtoSense simply helps me avoid a ruined meal due to not hearing my cooking timer, it is well worth having on my smartphone!” - Megan M.
“I connect OtoSense to my Pebble smartwatch and can be alerted to my doorbell or oven timer, two sounds I recorded and are stored in my library.” -- Travis D.
“I can’t hear my oven timer beeping when I remove my hearing aids, even if I’m in the kitchen. The same goes for the doorbell. Lack of awareness of these audio alerts can be a real problem, and OtoSense is a solution that makes sense.” -- Joyce E.
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