Tracking Dog Barks with the Intel Edison #IoT #IoTuesday
Here’s a great project from Justin Smith available here on his blog, using the Intel Edison and an ol’ trusty electret microphone to track his dog’s barking patterns and behavior when the apartment is otherwise unoccupied.
A few weeks later, we ended up with King, the big lug of a dog that you see pictured above. He’s a pit mutt that we managed to pick up from the Chicago Animal Care and Control kennel 48 hours before he was set to be euthanized. The decision, albeit rushed, was a good one in the long run – King is a great dog.
With that said, one of King’s favorite pastimes is barking in the house while we’re out. Squirrels, cars, people in the hallway – if it makes a noise while we’re out, King is on it. I decided to run a few experiments by tracking his barking to see what we could do to quiet him down a bit.
I ended up using the Intel Edison to log King’s barking patterns. My thinking was that the Edison would use a small mic to listen to the room for loud noises, and then when it registered a noise, it would send that data to a feed on data.sparkfun.com.
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