Sensory has moved forward with the official release of its new VoiceHub solution. VoiceHub was first announced in October, when interested parties were invited to join a beta trial.
The company has now decided to proceed with a full launch in response to the positive feedback from that beta. The VoiceHub platform allows users to design their own voice user interfaces (VUI) through a free and intuitive online portal, thereby making it much easier to enable voice features in a wide range of connected devices.
In that regard, VoiceHub is fully integrated with Sensory’s TrulyNatural voice platform, which offers on-device natural language understanding (NLU) capabilities in dozens of languages. Sensory has also released Android and iOS VoiceHub apps to further streamline development.
“Developers are able to design working prototypes of natural language-capable products in a manner of minutes, not days, dramatically reducing their time to market,” said STMicroelectronics Microcontrollers Marketing Director Daniel Colonna.
“Providing free access to flexible tools like VoiceHub helps to accelerate the next wave of branded voice experiences and domain-specific, customized voice assistants,” added Sensory CEO Todd Mozer. “Since releasing the VoiceHub beta, VUI designers around the world have used it to create hundreds of voice AI models for dozens of automotive, wearable, smart speaker and smart home products.”
VoiceHub allows users to create their own custom wake words, and utilizes simple drop down menus to let them select their preferred languages and model size. The solution is compatible with multiple development platforms, including the STM32 Discovery kit from STMicroelectronics.
On that front, Sensory and STM will be hosting a webinar to teach third parties how to use the VoiceHub platform, and to encourage future development. The webinar is scheduled for January 27, and will cover subjects like custom wake words and domain-specific language models.
Sensory has previously argued that companies will need to offer more specialized products to compete with big data voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa. The company is now hoping that VoiceHub will facilitate the development of those kinds of services.