Virtual Assistants in the smart home are attentive in their hearing. Why not have the entire house create a hearing and sensing network? This could be done my connecting existing sensory devices, or built into the house itself, or contained in home appliances. Here is an interesting play. Following In Bloomberg:
Building a House That Can Hear
Audio Analytic, a startup in Cambridge, England, has made it possible for home appliances to hear windows breaking and babies crying. ...
As artificial intelligence software continues to advance at an alarming rate, it keeps popping up in new places. A startup based in Cambridge, England, called Audio Analytic, for example, has found a way to inject AI code into smart home devices such as the Amazon Echo and Nest’s smoke alarms. The software can detect the sound of a window breaking or a baby crying and notify the homeowner about the situation. ... "