Samsung uses AI in an app for people with autism spectrum disorder that automatically cancels noise

MADRID, March 31 (Portaltic/EP) –

Samsung Electronics has presented an Android application that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automatically cancel noise and is aimed at users with autism spectrum disorder (ASD); a service that has been developed in collaboration with the Cheil agency, the Spanish Autism Confederation and nine other specific autism entities from regional and provincial level.

In Spain it is estimated that there are about 450,000 people with this neurodevelopmental condition, which manifests itself during the first three years of life and continues throughout it, affecting those who suffer from it in all areas.

One of the main symptoms of autism spectrum disorder is auditory hypersensitivity, that is, that patients show intolerance, discomfort and anxiety during exposure to certain sounds.

To mitigate this problem, Samsung has developed an AI-based solution that silences external noises – that is, environmental noise – such as disturbances in the content played on the headphones through a ‘smartphone’.

Unfear is a free application for Android mobiles that will be available for download soon through the Play Store and Galaxy Store application stores for compatible ‘smartphones’ with versions of Android 10 and above, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro earphones.

The application modulates the audio output of the headphones in real time and avoids sudden changes in sound, mitigating those that specifically stress the group with ASD. Thus, it controls both the output volume and the wave and adjusts the volume and equalization in real time to cancel noises while playing a game or watching a movie.

Likewise, Unfear has a crisis assistance program, which provides for the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro headphones to guide the user with pre-recorded therapy with the help of professionals and family members.

With this, it has an SOS option to ask for help, since the application connects, through the headphones, with the emergency number previously registered in the application.

Another of the outstanding features of the application is the concentration mode, which allows the user to focus on a task without distractions. In this way, only his voice can cancel external noise when you want to have a conversation or listen to what’s going on around you.

To develop Unfear, a service that is part of its Technology with Purpose initiativeSamsung has collaborated with nine Spanish autism federations and associations, such as the Madrid Autism Federation, the Catalan Autism Federation, the Asperger New Life Association, and the Cepri Association for the Research and Study of Mental Deficiency (CEPRI). .

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