Global technology company Bosch is launching a new sensor system powered by artificial intelligence, called the SoundSee, to the International Space Station. This module comes equipped with microphones and uses machine learning to detect and analyze sounds it hears. It then uses these sounds to establish a baseline, and continuously compares new audio to be able to immediately discover potential mechanical issues that could cause problems. It will also be used to provide information about the current performance of the ISS systems, and when they need maintenance or repair. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Bosch SoundSee will be installed on the Astrobee robot whose ultimate goal is to take over mundane activities to enable astronauts to focus on their work. SoundSee will help Astrobee reach its goal of automating tasks that crew members have to perform manually. It has undergone significant testing in a simulated environment right here on Earth, but the real use scenario will come when it’s aboard the spacecraft.
Machines, such as motors and pumps, emit noise signatures while they operate. Our SoundSee AI (artificial intelligence) algorithm uses machine learning to analyze these subtle acoustic clues and determine whether a machine, or even a single component of a machine, needs to be repaired or replaced,” said DrSamarjit Das, SoundSee project lead at Bosch.