The coronavirus has changed the habits, and created apprehension of a specific contact, to touch: it is no longer the kiss, the greenhouse, the higher the hand, and most of all, you don’t look the same way the door knobs, light switches, buttons, elevators, photocopiers-public, electric blue card, or red buttons to cross at crosswalks. Of the nests for microbes that give you the cold sweats… In 2020, the voice recognition technology is sufficiently developed to render service to us, avoiding the contact, by activating the devices and objects without the need to touch, but also in easing the work of doctors, making diagnosis automated by detecting through the voice of the people infected with the coronavirus.
Turn on the light or flush the toilet by voice command
According to a report from ABI Research , the epidemic will accelerate the development of the voice command which could replace other forms of interfaces to the “intelligent home”, a golden opportunity for the development of home automation, which is struggling for the moment to impose itself among individuals, in part, because it relies on touch screens by always easy to use, especially for younger children.
With the voice command, handles, door knobs, light switches, remote controls, and thermostats, as well as toilets and faucets can connect to, and be activated by voice using sensors. The advantage of this technology is of course the hygiene strengthened, which is crucial in the event of an outbreak.
But to connect and control without contact devices in the office, shops or the home is not the only advantage of speech recognition technologies. The automatic recognition of the speech also directly attack to the epidemic, with a platform free phone offering a screening of the Covid 19 by phone.
AlloCovid : an RN on the phone to pass a test for Coronavirus
Allo-Media (start-up, paris specialising in the voice) has developed jointly with Inserm and e-travelers, a subsidiary of SNCF, a tool that operates using artificial intelligence and voice recognition. If you suspect a contamination by the Coronavirus, you can call free of charge AlloCovid. A synthetic voice collects information such as your weight, your age, your size, place of residence and you will be asked a few questions which you can answer by “yes” or “no”. The artificial intelligence allows the tool to establish a pre diagnosis and to orient the patient to the emergency services.
The creators of AlloCovid wish to go further, and are trying to lead their artificial intelligence to be able to add to the diagnosis, the analysis of the cough and capacities respiratory, characteristics of the patients covid19, which can be used to fine-tune the automated assessment of AlloCovid .
A technology that detects the “sound” of the coronavirus
Other start-ups have embarked on the track of the detection of the coronavirus thanks to the peculiarities of the voices of the sick. The startup Voca.’ve partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to launch “Corona ” Voice Detect”, a platform on which people can work together to feed a database which aims to identify the common denominators of the voice of people with hiv / aids. As the coronavirus affects the respiratory system, the start-up biomarker research voice in the manner of speaking of individuals studied. The more data collected, the more the algorithm result will be accurate.
As another example, the start-up Vocalis Health collection, in partnership with the health authorities in israel, the voices of people affected at different stages and also asks on an online platform to people who have or have not contracted the new coronavirus to contribute to the project by recording their voice. This technology could enable a pre-diagnosis at a distance, by phone call, without the need to go nowhere and therefore respecting containment is strict in the case of risk.