The latest by Xiaomi is not a smartphone. It’s an earthquake warning system that aims to notify the user of a coming earthquake. The feature is now available in various parts of China.
Xiaomi’s portfolio of products includes a lot of things. From manufacturing smartphones to air purifiers, the company makes things you would never imagine. For example, the recently announced earthquake detection system is available in 25 provinces spanning across the length and breadth of China.
According to Xiaomi, the new earthquake detection system has warned users of more than 35 earthquakes that measured 4.0 or higher on the Richter scale. In addition, they said that smartphones could not only warn users of an impending earthquake but also help monitor them. The company says it uses a new computing edge technology and a low power sensor built into the mobile phone.
An AI algorithm measures the seismic waves and warns the user if an earthquake is coming. This is a big step forward since it saves the cost of an earthquake monitoring system while increasing the number of users monitoring. It can be effectively used to make the earthquake warning and monitoring system more effective in the near future.
It was developed in a partnership with the Chengdu High-Tech Disaster Mitigation Research Institute. Xiaomi states it will bring the feature to all of its smartphones. Some of their phones presently support the earthquake warning system and will roll out to more models.
However, earthquake prediction is a very complex process. It remains to be seen how accurate this technology will be since very few systems can predict earthquakes successfully.
But it is surely a big step in the right direction since if it can help predict earthquakes successfully.