‘Reggaeton Be Gone’: This selfmade equipment silences neighbours’ loud tunes working with AI

Fed up with his neighbour taking part in reggaeton loudly, an Argentinian programmer made a decision to treatment the condition with an creation that has absent viral.


Argentinian programmer and artist Roni Bandini has a neighbour who likes reggaeton but ordinarily plays it at odd hrs with a Bluetooth speaker near to his wall.

Whilst numerous folks could possibly talk to their neighbour to change the songs down, Bandini solved his trouble in a distinctive way: by inventing a device named “Reggaeton Be Long gone”.

It is a box outfitted with a microphone, a tiny laptop or computer and an algorithm that detects when a reggaeton tune is on and interferes with the speaker on which it is being played.

Bandini shared his tale in a movie that went viral. He not only exhibits the machine functioning but also describes how he manufactured it, applying commonly readily available elements and a code he programmed himself.

He promises he first skilled an artificial intelligence (AI) design to especially recognise reggaeton tracks. To do this, he downloaded representative tracks of the style and uploaded them to Edge Impulse, a equipment-discovering development platform.

Once the AI was ready, it was time for the components. The programmer says he additional a 3D-printed entrance and a tiny OLED screen to a metal box. Inside of, he place a Raspberry Pi 3 into which he loaded the AI model he experienced skilled.

To detect the audio, he included a microphone and wrote a Python code to keep track of it and send the appears to the recognition software program.

So what takes place if the equipment detects reggaeton?

“If the inference exceeds a amount of recognition, for illustration, 75 for each cent certainty that it can be my neighbour’s most well-liked style, the equipment sends numerous requests and packets [via Bluetooth] to the speaker, for which I have the MAC address, in buy to switch it off or at the very least jam the audio,” Bandini discussed in a movie posted on social media.

His inspiration arrived from Television set-B-Gone, a common distant control introduced in 2004 capable of turning off TVs in general public locations such as stores, bars, and waiting rooms. It was developed by Mitch Altman, a US hacker and inventor.

“I have an understanding of that jamming a neighbour’s speaker may possibly be illegal, but on the other hand listening to reggaeton every working day at 9 AM need to definitely be illegal,” Bandini extra in his social video.

His creation has absent viral, but he refuses to make a company out of it.

“I have an understanding of the enormous professional possibility of earning this equipment and providing it en masse, but as Bartleby stated, ‘I’d instead not’,” he wrote in a publish on Medium.

If you might be into programming and want to make your possess [insert your most hated genre of music] Be Gone, Bandini has also posted a phase-by-action tutorial.