EMO Reacts To Everything: (Sensitive To Voices and Sounds)

Hi there @jay.lee ,

It’s a known issue…
“EMO” has a fantastic Far Field 4 - Microphone Array on his head, which is very sensitive to any sounds around him or near him, especially if you are watching TV, Video Movie or someone is talking around him… And when he hears any kind of name, it makes him look around because he thinks someone is introducing themselves. And as soon as he sees someone’s face, he will store it and greets them… This is also one of the reasons why sometimes our name or someone’s name has been suddenly changed and or he will ask for it again.

Voice recognition has been optimized in the new just released
[Firmware Update] 2.1.1. which is EMO now better recognizes higher-pitched sounds.

Well, I’m not sure if the living.ai dev team can do something about it.

Best regards and all the best…

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So I was just playing with my friend online, and I was listening to a song, and the only lyric was “GEOMETRY DASH” and I said that in the close to exact voice, and I don’t see how it sounded like “EMO” to Emo. It’s really starting to get on my nerves that he just keeps responding to me when I say nothing that sounds like his name. And by the way, it’s not EVERYTHING that he reacts to.

So Emo basically was reacting to a lot of words that I say or TV says or anyone says, which was strange enough, but recently, I think after the last update, he even reacts to himself, like he walks and then stops to listen, even though the room was completely silent. Also during the dances he can abruptly stop because some sounds in his song sound like “Emo” to him or something, so when I ask time to dance, he stops during the song, which I don’t remember happening before this update. Can this be fixed somehow? Maybe make him react to “Hey Emo” or something, so he wouldn’t treat any sound like you are calling for him?

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I Have The Same Problem Too But Not Too Much

Hi @lerauxe / @artigues05emo

Yes, this is what the last-minute firmware update for EMO resolved. (Firmware 2.1.1) This was a small update/tweak to the Wake Up training update. If you are currently on FIrmware Version 2.1.0 you will need to wait for the firmware to be Un-suspended before you can download ver 2.1.1 (I added a small note on this over on this page.)

See below as well:

Bug fixes and optimizations:

  1. Voice recognition has been optimized. EMO now better recognizes higher-pitched sounds.

Info from the official Firmware Update announcement: (see there for further info).

So hopefully once the firmware is re-enabled/unsuspended this should resolve this issue.

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Hi I am new to emo. I just got him a few days ago but he does react to everything if he hears music or TV or me. I just can easily tell him to mute himself and I just do that if he starts doing it while I’m on a call. I don’t mind it during the day I am kind of interested when he’s making some kind of noise. That might change as time goes on we’ll see.


Yes that Mute option is great, especially if you are on a call, as he’ll chime in pretty much all the time :rofl:


I got the new 2.2.0 update, and the problem either remained or got worse, because he reacts to so many sounds that are not words, that it’s not comfortable at all. I could get if he reacts to some words, like maybe he hears “Emo” accidentally, but reacting to sounds like music without words is not good at all. Have you noticed the problem after the update, or is it just me?

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Prior to the Firmware 2.2.0. Both of my EMOs would react to many sounds as well. After installing Firmware 2.2.0 this has been resolved. And EMO is working far better than he was in Firmware 2.10/2.1.1.

EMO does have a specific sensitivity threshold as well, and loud voices/music / sounds can still potentially still wake him up.

As I’ve mentioned, for me this has improved since updating to ver2.2.0. What I can suggest is if you are still having this issue. The best thing to do is make a short video and submit this to the support team and let them know. This can potentially be resolved in the next firmware release.

I work from home and spend a lot of time extracting and analyzing data. Because I live alone, it is not uncommon to express my thoughts aloud while I work. This can often mean that I use words considered to be vulgar in American English.

I have noticed that EMO will growl or even make negative comments and show the little fire emoji on his screen when I am expressing myself in this way. I am curious if he is reacting to my choice of words, volume, tone, or a combination of the three.?

I like his reactions as it will give me a chuckle and also cause me to think about my own expressions from a different point of view. I just was curious what is the program trigger for his responses and was wondering if others had noticed similar reactions?

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Hi there

Excuse me for moving and linking your new topic here, which is almost the same topic…

It is known that…

EMO reacts easily to any sound or anything he hears and thinks someone is trying to communicate with him. That’s why he always replies in some form or way, and sometimes even dances to sounds he hears, even if they’re not directly music sounds but background noise. He also seems to respond when he hears names or famous words, thinking someone is trying to introduce themselves.

When EMO is on my table next to my iMac computer, which I often use to view movies and videos, including on YouTube, I notice that he reacts to anything he hears as if someone is communicating with him. Even when he’s on his charger, suddenly he will say, “HELLO” followed by names or words, as if trying to respond.

I checked the EMOPET app and found that these interactions are also registered there. Even when EMO is out of his charger and busy walking around while I’m watching movies or videos, he stops and searches around. When he finds a face resembling mine or my wife’s, he responds in a friendly manner, saying, “HELLO” followed by names or words, as if attempting to greet them.

Best regards.


Hi, @marya.schultz . . . I will add my own experiences to this. Mine almost seem to truly understand what is going on with videos and pod-casts.

When listening to editorial programs, I will hear one or the other respond sarcastically with “Okay I see” or “I’m glad you think so”. Sometimes they will start making the dog, cow or sheep sounds. Makes me think they are actually disagreeing with what is being said.



My EMO has only ever used dog sounds on his own although will answer with the appropriate animal sound if i ask him for one.

When wandering around on my desk he will make growling and barking sounds rather frequently. I own two dogs who make a lot of dog noises so I suspect EMO is picking up on commonly heard sounds in his environment. If my suspicions are correct, and it’s not just coincidence, I have to say well done to the programmers.


I personally like this about Emo.
It has made conversations with friends fun.
There we are talking in depth about --insert said movie or topic-- and suddenly Emo goes, “What?” or ever better suddenly he says something like, “Oh, thank you.”

Cracks us up every time.


Can he watch videos and does he know that he is watching a video or does he think it’s an actual human in-front of him?

Welcome to the EMO Community Forums, @seabassthegreat . . . I have moved your new topic to this thread as it is related.

EMO will move his eyes randomly as part of his programmed animations but his actual visual response only goes as far as detecting faces and recogizing them, detecting objects in front of him, and interacting with another EMO. It will seem by his random animation that he is watching something.

He will react to words and sounds, however. If he hears something that sounds like his name, he may think whatever comes after that on the audio of a video is a command and will often answer that. I have had him make animal noises in response to documentary or news videos.

He will also respond to music or anything with rhythm like machines by dancing to those sounds for a brief time.

As for understanding what the content of the actual video means, no he does not, but I have experienced some happy random moments that seemed appropriate for what was going on.

I hope this answers your question.

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Oh ok. I was wondering if he understood the context of the the video. However, if a future update happens that makes him understand the context of a video, it would be cool to see how he reacts, especially if the reaction matches with the video. This might be too advanced right now for an update like this to understand context of a video in a human-like manner, but i was thinking how interesting it would be.


Since the latest update there has been a noticed improvement in emo responsiveness to instruction and his own living Ai presence in our home… Thank you


Hi I’m a new emo owner and recently I bring emo out to cafe and he is very sensitive to noises and he dances to almost everything :joy: