3.7
23 reviews
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About this app

DISCLAIMER: SoundWatch is a research prototype maintained by a team of student researchers at the University of Washington, and not a finished product. We try our best, but due to the volume of the emails we receive, we may not be able to respond to every query on time. But, every feedback matters, so please continue to share your experience and any improvement suggestions, so we can eventually get to these messages and improve SoundWatch.
Note: A Google Wear OS smartwatch is required for this app. Some options you can use include: Ticwatch Pro 3, Fossil watches, and Moto 360. Samsung watches are not compatible since they use a different OS, called Tizen, which has less support for third party apps. Learn more here.

We bring you SoundWatch, a smartwatch based app that provides glanceable, always-available sound feedback for the d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Created by a diverse team at University of Washington and led by a hard-of-hearing innovator who wanted to build for his community, SoundWatch uses machine learning to alert its users to important sounds occurring in their environment.

With everything from critical fire alarms to speech alerts, users know they can rely on SoundWatch to make their environment more accessible. In the spirit of innovation and the spread of knowledge, SmartWatch is freely available and open-sourced for anyone wanting to learn more and contribute to its development.
Updated on
Nov 12, 2020

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3.7
23 reviews
Elizabeth Bagioni
October 30, 2020
Great idea, but a little over-enthusiastic. Its picking up ambient noise like thinking the nearby busy road is soft speech and interpreting the pan on the stove as "door in use", even after I turn off that sound on the phone. I think it will be good if it is less sensitive and if it fine tunes its sounds over time. I would love this app for all the sounds I dont hear! I did uninstall for now because it was constantly alerting and I thought it would run down my battery.
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Makeability Lab - University of Washington
October 31, 2020
Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for your feedback! About the concern that it will run down your battery, we totally understand that! Which is why we have a setting called Sleep Mode, which will temporary disable alerts from SoundWatch and save battery. To enable it, go to settings and turn on "Sleep Mode." That's it. I hope you can give us another try!
Marsaber
December 25, 2020
Interesting how the app works to be able to recognize the sounds. It's still in its early phase with just the smart watch working but I notice the phone option so maybe it will be implemented in the future.
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Akiji Koiwalakai
November 12, 2020
Update : I did find the app on my watch through the Playstore on my watch. I tried several times to install soundwatch but it would cycle as if trying to install but wouldn't. Please keep working on the app. Lots of deaf people like myself can benefit from the app. Unfortunately the app wouldn't install on my older LG Watch Sport with Wear OS 2.19 installed. I will update to a newer watch and try again. Thank you very much for your efforts.
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Makeability Lab - University of Washington
November 12, 2020
Hi Akiji, thanks for your feedback. Could you please try to search for the keyword "SoundWatch" in your Wear OS Play Store and install the watch companion app from it? If it works, please consider give us another review :)

What's new

Add a slider to adjust the sound levels as user requests.