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This Home Security Device Creates A Sound Fingerprint To Protect Your Home

This article, written by Jennifer Hicks, first appeared on Forbes.com on 04/11/2016. You can read the original post here.

If you’re looking for home security you’re generally faced with two options: line of sight camera-based solutions that require you to connect multiple devices around your home or customized and serviced security systems installed in your home activated or deactivated by a code.

What if you had one device that was able to learn your habits as you move around your home and then build a digital sound signature of your movements of what’s considered normal and send you a notification when that sound was different? 

A UK company has come up with a connected device called Cocoon which does just that.

The tech inside Cocoon is a combination of infrasound (low frequency sound) detection, machine learning and geolocation that builds a sound picture of your home. Instead of a heat map, think sound map. Infrasound is below normal human hearing range of  20Hz – this level of sound is where scientists, by example, monitor earthquakes or listen for rock and petroleum formations below the earth.

Cocoon, which fits into the palm of your hand, is connected to your smartphone and uses geolocation to know who’s home or who isn’t home. Cocoon is aware and builds a schedule around your movements in the home. It can know everything from the time your noisy neighbors upstairs arrive home to the sounds your house makes in storm and it can also differentiate unusual events or sounds outside of your pattern of normalcy. From this it creates a fingerprint or map of the sounds that correspond with your movements.

If you aren’t at home and there’s a sound in your house of someone walking or opening a window, Cocoon would detect that based on the pattern of knowledge it heard and notify you.

Cocoon identifies these sound fingerprints and determines the worry level of the event which is a measurement of how likely it is to occur in your particular home when it’s in an empty state. That worry score takes into account the recent history of activity in the household to determine how worried Cocoon is that there may be an unexpected presence. If this reaches a threshold unique to your home, Cocoon will notify you and allow you to take action.

“If something’s not right at home, Cocoon instantly sends an intelligent notification to your phone in seconds,” said Colin Richardson, Co-founder, Cocoon. “If you’re busy at the time, Cocoon will send the notification to whoever else you have given permission to.”

“We think Cocoon completely dismantles the complexity of home security and helps everyone feel safe at home. You don’t need to buy and set up multiple units, work out line of sight or vulnerable points to fit sensors. You don’t need a professional to come fit it or conduct annual check-ups. There’s no need to arm it or disarm it when you walk through the door,” added Richardson. “You simply put it down and it works out the rest – the simplest way to feel safe at home.”