This Sound Translation App Recognizes Risk and Notifies the Hard of Hearing

By: Alyson Wyers - Sep 27, 2014
References: otosense & springwise
This sound translation app helps the hard of hearing in emergency situations. In dangerous scenarios sound can be a crucial alerting system, which can put deaf people or those with hearing problems at increased risk. The Otosense app translates noise into visuals for these potentially harmful times.

In addition to visuals, the sound translation occurs via vibrations, flashes and other non-audio cues to notify the deaf using their other senses. It is also compatible with the Philips Hue smart light. Not unlike Shazam, the smartphone app can recognize sounds in its library and match them to what real life events could be taking place. You can also record unique noises you might encounter regularly to add to the library.