IoT-en­abled hear­ing pro­tec­tion de­vice

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - INTERNET OF THINGS -

EAR DE­FEND­ERS that can dampen back­ground noise, while am­pli­fy­ing im­por­tant sounds such as speech and alarms or sirens have been de­vised by Dr Ying Zhang, se­nior lec­turer in Com­puter Sci­ence at the Univer­sity of West Lon­don’s School of Com­put­ing and En­gi­neer­ing. Pow­ered by the In­ter­net of Things (IoT), the tech­nol­ogy prom­ises to pro­tect work­ers’ hear­ing with­out com­pro­mis­ing on safety.

The con­cept has won the top prize of £5,000 worth of parts and com­po­nents to build the de­sign, and a test and mea­sure­ment bun­dle from Rhode and Sch­warz for UWL to use in In­ter­net of Things projects, awarded by de­vel­op­ment dis­trib­u­tor, Far­nell element14.

Mem­bers of the element14 com­mu­nity, which has half a mil­lion en­gi­neer and maker mem­bers, voted on three fi­nal­ists se­lected by Far­nell element14 from all en­tries. Dr Zhang’s in­ven­tion, with its twin ben­e­fits: am­pli­fy­ing sig­nif­i­cant sounds while si­mul­ta­ne­ously damp­en­ing noise which causes hear­ing loss, was cho­sen as win­ner through the on­line poll.

element14 says it is com­mit­ted to help­ing de­velop the next gen­er­a­tion of en­gi­neers, and com­pe­ti­tions like this en­able it to work closely to sup­port ed­u­ca­tors and aca­demic staff in­volved in re­search as they de­velop their in­no­va­tive ideas. The de­vel­op­ment dis­trib­u­tor says the element14 com­mu­nity pro­vides con­sid­er­able re­sources for stu­dents, ed­u­ca­tors and en­gi­neers - from ed­u­ca­tional sup­port in its STEM acad­emy, to train­ing, cour­ses and we­bi­nars to help mem­bers stay up the date with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and skills. AS DR ZHANG DE­VEL­OPS THE PROJECT HE WILL UP­DATE ON HIS PROGRESS ON THE ELEMENT14 COM­MU­NITY. TO FOL­LOW HIS JOUR­NEY VISIT: DE­TAILS, NZ.ELEMENT14.COM

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