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Tired Of Neighbor’s Loud Music, Man Creates AI Device That Hacks Nearby Speakers
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Tired Of Neighbor’s Loud Music, Man Creates AI Device That Hacks Nearby Speakers

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A man who had grown tired of his neighbor’s loud reggaeton music devised a solution to have the tranquility he desired. Maker and developer Roni Bandini decided to act on the matter by programming a Raspberry Pi-powered response.

Roni programmed his Raspberry Pi device to detect when reggaeton music was playing and interfere with nearby Bluetooth speakers, making the sound distorted.

Highlights
  • Roni Bandini created a device to jam nearby Bluetooth speakers playing reggaeton using a Raspberry Pi.
  • The device uses AI to detect reggaeton music and distort its sound, making it unlistenable.
  • The project, named "Reggaeton Be Gone," highlights the use of technology in personal noise control efforts.

The Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer, or SBC, built onto one circuit board. All the components needed for a fully functional computer, including the processor, memory, video chipset, and storage, are built onto the SBC. This allows it to be much more compact and inexpensive compared to regular computers.

Image credits: Roni Bandini

These microcomputers are designed to run any ARM-based Linux distribution for an operating system and can be used for different purposes, from learning programming to serving as a fully-fledged PC and, now, taking matters into your own hands whenever you hear annoying music.

Roni downloaded several reggaeton songs and fed them to an AI model on his Raspberry Pi. Once the algorithm was trained, it was able to detect patterns that eventually identified whether the song playing was reggaeton or not.

To listen out for the loud music, he used a microphone that plugs into a USB port on the Raspberry Pi. 

To listen out for the loud music, he used a microphone that plugs into a USB port on his Raspberry Pi

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Image credits: Pexels/Anthony

The maker and developer used two special software programs: Raspberry Pi OS, which is like the brain of the Raspberry Pi, and Edge Impulse, which helps the Raspberry Pi identify patterns.

“Once it detects it, it begins jamming the Bluetooth speaker playing the music, making the song sound like a malfunctioning radio,” the tech entrepreneur explained during an interview with the Argentine radio show El Obervador.

He also mentioned that his ultimate goal was for his device to disconnect the speaker from its host. For the moment, though, he’s more than pleased with making the popular Latin rhythm sound so bad that his neighbor wants to turn it off.

Once it detects that a reggaeton song is being played, the device distorts the sound of the speaker, making it similar to a malfunctioning radio

Image credits: Pexels/KetutSubiyanto

It’s worth noting that Roni’s project, titled Reggaeton Be Gone, was made as an experiment and may not be safe to recreate, as it can be considered hacking in many parts of the globe.

People’s opinions were divided about Roni’s anti-reggaeton project.

“Fighting antisocial behavior with more antisocial behavior… Certainly a lot [of] people thinking that’s perfectly okay these days. What could go wrong?” one person wrote.

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Another said: “Because authorities are inherently inefficient on this topics, ones doesn’t have other way but self defense against those people.”

“Finally I’m heard and seen!!! This is effing hilarious!” a third person commented.

Meanwhile, others expressed their wish for someone to develop a similar device capable of identifying alternative music genres.

“I’m waiting on the HipHopBeStop. It’s an annoyance on the highway (especially at 4am),” someone said, while another added, “Do a country-music-begone and take my money.”

Then, some feared the project may be the predecessor of more threatening devices: “Give it time… somebody will eventually make an AI-controlled robot programmed to key their neighbor’s car,” a social media user wrote.

Many people were not convinced by the invention

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GrowingThruConcrete
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I should not have to hear your entertainment/media choices in my home. I'll die on this hill.

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Mike F
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Back when I lived in Detroit, we got new neighbors who were into that music. I was OK with it until they had their first party. For hours it went on and I swear the song never ended, they just turned the page. I seriously nearly lost my mind.

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Terra Kochy
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When it comes to loud music, I've NEVER had it work out when communicating, this includes my current neighbor, who I am friends with. I always wear earbuds or headphones so I don't really understand the mentality of "sharing" your personal entertainment. In my experience, that is exactly the problem with trying to communicate 'like an adult'....the mentality of the people who have their music really loud are incapable of understanding/admitting why it's bad behavior. We then get labeled as a 'Karen'. Like, how hard is it to put on headphones? My neighbor works from home, so I really could make my point if she chooses to be unreasonable.

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Guess Undheit
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Noise is a weapon, and those who play their garbage excessively loud are terrorists. His actions don't cause any damage, AND they solve the problem. If you want loud music, go to a bar or get headphones.

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GrowingThruConcrete
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I should not have to hear your entertainment/media choices in my home. I'll die on this hill.

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Mike F
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Back when I lived in Detroit, we got new neighbors who were into that music. I was OK with it until they had their first party. For hours it went on and I swear the song never ended, they just turned the page. I seriously nearly lost my mind.

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Terra Kochy
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When it comes to loud music, I've NEVER had it work out when communicating, this includes my current neighbor, who I am friends with. I always wear earbuds or headphones so I don't really understand the mentality of "sharing" your personal entertainment. In my experience, that is exactly the problem with trying to communicate 'like an adult'....the mentality of the people who have their music really loud are incapable of understanding/admitting why it's bad behavior. We then get labeled as a 'Karen'. Like, how hard is it to put on headphones? My neighbor works from home, so I really could make my point if she chooses to be unreasonable.

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Guess Undheit
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Noise is a weapon, and those who play their garbage excessively loud are terrorists. His actions don't cause any damage, AND they solve the problem. If you want loud music, go to a bar or get headphones.

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