Moneual, an innovative and award-winning electronics manufacturer from South Korea, has created a wonderfully thoughtful and caring system for hearing-impaired and deaf persons.
It is called the Smart Care System, SCS, and is delivered in a smart wristwatch that helps the hard of hearing and deaf identify a wide range of different sounds in everyday life. This will both elevate the quality of life and heighten the level of safety in case an emergency situation arises.
The solution applies UI/UX audio detection technology to detect sounds and transmits that information to its hearing-impaired users through vibrations and bright LED display. All functions are seamlessly melded into a wristwatch-like design that is both stylish and easy to use.
The wristwatch wearer is alerted about a wide range of indoor, outdoor and emergency sounds, such as ringing doorbells, crying babies, alarm clock, boiling water, loud noise etc. There’s also a built-in emergency recognizer that automatically calls a stored emergency contact or 911.
So how does the Smart Care System work? If e.g. a car in the street honks, audio recognition technology will detect the type of sound. The sound is then converted into visual and vibration notifications. On the wristwatch, vibrations are triggered and a message flashes on the display, saying “Honk! Honk!”.
Watch this video clip to see a demonstration of the SCS.
The device received a CES Best of Innovation Award at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. It seems to still be in prototype stage. I can’t wait for it to be launched in the marketplace, and become a highly valuable tool in the lives of hearing-impaired and deaf persons.
It is definitely seems like an useful tool that a lot of people would benefit from. How well can it differentiate between similar frequencies of sound? Look forward to trying one out!
I’ve been waiting for something like this to come available for years! I hope it is available soon. Also, most of us who need to see sound and speech do not know and use sign language. Major fail that someone didn’t have the forethought to caption the video.
Hi Michele! Thanks for your comment. Yes, let’s hope the wristwatch becomes available within the near future. I completely agree that the video should have been captioned. Am curious – where are you from and what’s your situation in terms of your ears?