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Apple’s HomePod: Sound Recognition for Smoke and CO2 Alarms

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Apple has recently updated its HomePod and HomePod Mini smart speakers with a Sound Recognition feature that monitors for smoke and CO2 alarms, notifying users when they’re away from home. This addition, first mentioned during the 2nd-gen HomePod announcement, employs the device’s built-in microphones to listen for alarms. If detected, an alert is promptly sent to the user’s iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, accompanied by a banner in the Home app. Users with HomeKit-compatible smart security cameras can also view a live feed to assess the situation at home.

Activating Sound Recognition is simple: open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad, select your HomePod’s name, navigate to the Settings tab, and turn on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms. While Amazon’s Guard feature already offers similar capabilities, Apple’s Home feature brings added safety and convenience for HomePod users. for potential fires or carbon monoxide leaks. Additionally, users can configure HomeKit automations in response to these alerts, like deactivating fans or smart switches.

The Sound Recognition feature is compatible with all HomePod generations, including the HomePod Mini, as long as the device is running the latest 16.4 iOS version with the updated Home Architecture.