HyperEar: Indoor remote object finding with a single phone

Hongzi Zhu, Yuxiao Zhang, Zifan Liu, Shan Chang, Yingying Chen

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Abstract

Finding a small object (e.g., keys or a wallet) in an indoor environment (e.g., in a house or an office) can be frustrating. In this paper, we propose an innovative system, called HyperEar, to localize such an object using only one single smartphone, based on enhanced time-difference-of-arrival (TDoA) measurements over acoustic signals issued from the object. One major challenge is the hardware limitations of a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) phone with a short separation between the two microphones and the low sampling rate of such microphones. HyperEar enhances the accuracy of TDoA measurements by virtually increasing distances between microphones through sliding the phone in the air. HyperEar requires no communication for synchronization between the phone and the object and is a low-cost and easy-to-use system. We evaluate the performance of HyperEar via extensive experiments in various indoor conditions and the results demonstrate that, for an object of 7m away, HyperEar can achieve a mean localization accuracy of about 15cm when the object in normal indoor environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 39th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages678-687
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781728125190
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2019
Event39th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2019 - Richardson, United States
Duration: Jul 7 2019Jul 9 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems
Volume2019-July

Conference

Conference39th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityRichardson
Period7/7/197/9/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Keywords

  • Acoustic source localization
  • Indoor environment
  • Object finding
  • Smartphone
  • Time difference of arrival

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