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dc.contributor.advisorChristopher Schmandt.en_US
dc.contributor.authorVallejo Rosas, Gerardo Macario, 1977-en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-23T17:52:56Z
dc.date.available2011-05-23T17:52:56Z
dc.date.copyright2003en_US
dc.date.issued2003en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/62959
dc.descriptionThesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, 2003.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 57-59).en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Gerardo Macario Vallejo Rosas.en_US
dc.format.extent59 p.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectArchitecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences.en_US
dc.titleListenIN : ambient auditory awareness are remote placesen_US
dc.title.alternativeListen IN : ambient auditory awareness are remote placesen_US
dc.title.alternativeAmbient auditory awareness are remote placesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc54698529en_US
dc.audience.educationlevelIn this thesis we propose the architecture of a modular system that allows closely related people, such as relatives and friends, to maintain awareness of a distant site, such as home, through auditory cues and eavesdropping. While people are at work or traveling, they often want to have some degree of awareness about activities related to family members' health and well-being. The solution that we propose is a light infrastructure system that listens into the home and in response to a change in activity (e.g. cooking, taking a shower, watching TV) sends a few seconds of audio to the caregivers providing them with background awareness of events occurring at the remote site. In order to protect privacy at the monitored site the system is designed to classify sounds and then send audio icons, pre-recorded pieces of sound representing activities (e.g. a recording of a baby crying), instead of the actual sound. However, when the classifier's confidence level is low and speech is detected, the system sends the actual sound but in a garbled way. In the absence of speech, the system simply sends the actual sound. The system takes classifying decisions based on acoustic evidence and possible location of the source. Several clients can connect to the system and simultaneously receive alerts.en_US


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