A set of new smart headphones have been developed by a team of scientists at the Columbia University's Data Science Institute in a bid to help protect pedestrians from avoidable accidents. Created in partnership with colleagues from the University of North Carolina and Barnard College in New York, the prototype headphones work by continually tracking the audio present in an environment. The accompanying app will utilize machine learning to differentiate between sounds, detect when a vehicle is closing in and sound an alarm to alert the user.
The new smart headphones are reported to use very power to make them as applicable for mass production and use as possible. The headphones are presently being tested in the lab and on New York City streets.
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