App developed to detect coronavirus from sound of coughing
The firm audEERING, based in the southern state of Bavaria, is banking on audio artificial intelligence as a means of containment and improved analysis of the disease.
The company asks users to make audio recordings while coughing, sneezing, or talking.
The technology begins to learn from such vocal characteristics, and compares the data to recordings of COVID-19 patients.
Age, gender and health condition can all be automatically detected by the recordings, the company claims.
Germany and other European countries’ governments have launched apps that use Bluetooth wireless to measure contacts between people and issue a warning should one of them later test positive for COVID-19.
Germany’s smartphone app to help trace coronavirus infections was downloaded 6.5 million times in the first 24 hours since its launch.
According to audEERING CEO & co-founder Dagmar Schuller, a large amount of voluntary data from the public is also required in order for the cough app to be successful.
In field tests, the app successfully recorded 80% of such encounters.