speech recognition

Synaptics’ AudioSmart Tech Supports Alexa in New Smart TVs

Synaptics’ AudioSmart Tech Supports Alexa in New Smart TVs

“Adding far-field voice recognition to our TV lineup provides consumers with a more natural and convenient viewing experience.” -Bryan Huang, Product Center Director, TCL Synaptics‘ far-field voice technology is now being used in new smart TV’s to support their use of Alexa, Amazon’s voice-based AI assistant. The TVs are made by TCL, a China-based electronics…

Facebook Developing Speech Recognition for ‘Portal’ Device

Facebook Developing Speech Recognition for ‘Portal’ Device

Further evidence has emerged that Facebook is indeed working on its own smart speaker system, as well as an AI assistant to operate it. The latest, and perhaps biggest, clue comes by way of code found in the Facebook and Messenger Android app by mobile researcher Jane Manchun Wong. The code enables a rudimentary speech…

Major Growth Coming for Voice and Speech Recognition Market

Major Growth Coming for Voice and Speech Recognition Market

“Clinical documentation in the healthcare market will be a leading driver going forward, Tractica says – good news for companies like Nuance Communications, which is already gaining a foothold with its Dragon Medical platform. “ Tractica is predicting some major growth for the voice and speech recognition market over the next several years. The market…

Google Has Been Listening to How You Talk to Your Assistant

Google Has Been Listening to How You Talk to Your Assistant

“Google Assistant is only two years old, but users certainly don’t talk to it like a two-year-old.” These days, it’s not unusual for someone to set their alarm by voice command, whether it’s through a phone or a smart speaker device. But there is a huge amount of variety in how people say it –…

Nuance Sees Growing Demand For Clinical Dictation Tech

Nuance Sees Growing Demand For Clinical Dictation Tech

Nuance says it’s seeing growing international demand for its clinical dictation technology, and that it’s expanding accordingly. In a statement, the company elaborated on these efforts by focusing on its initiatives in the UK and Canada. In Britain, Nuance has begun to roll out its Dragon Medical One platform, which it has connected with the…

Virtual Assistants Continue to Struggle with Accents, Irish Study Shows

Virtual Assistants Continue to Struggle with Accents, Irish Study Shows

Voice-based virtual assistants are still struggling with Irish accents, suggests a new survey. Pure Telecom polled a thousand adults across the country, and found considerable variation in how well AI assistants could understand end users from county to county. Almost half – 47 percent – of the residents of Laois, for example, said that their…

SK Telecom to Bring AI Assistant to Korean Hotel

SK Telecom to Bring AI Assistant to Korean Hotel

SK Telecom is bringing its AI assistant technology to a hotel in Seoul. The Korean telecom says its Nugu virtual assistant will be deployed at the Grand Walkerhill hotel, allowing hotel guests to perform actions like adjusting lighting and temperature via voice command. The system will initially be installed in 44 rooms, and SK Telecom says…

New Snapchat Features Illustrate Rise of AI

New Snapchat Features Illustrate Rise of AI

Snapchat is taking advantage of speech recognition technology to enhance the augmented reality capabilities of its social media platform. The company has announced a new feature that allows its app to recognize simple words like “hi”, “yes”, “no”, “love”, and “wow”. Saying these words will allow users to automatically trigger animated effects; for example, saying…

Doctor Smart and LangNet See Potential of Voice and Speech Biometrics in Medical Diagnosis

Doctor Smart and LangNet See Potential of Voice and Speech Biometrics in Medical Diagnosis

A Singapore-based provider of a digital healthcare platform is looking into the potential of speech recognition and voice biometrics to improve healthcare services. Called Doctor Smart, the company has teamed up with a language technology specialist called LangNet in what it calls a “first step” toward its voice-based research. Part of the aim is to alleviate…

New Partnership to Bring AI-Driven Voice Interaction to More Vehicles

New Partnership to Bring AI-Driven Voice Interaction to More Vehicles

“Speak With Me technology will be available for deployment across any automated vehicle fleet running AWare regardless of vehicle type or automated driving system.” A new partnership could help to bring artificial intelligence to more cars. The AI technology comes by way of Speak With Me, whose eponymous platform revolves around a conversational voice assistant.…

Synaptics, Baidu Team Up On Voice-Based AI Tech

Synaptics, Baidu Team Up On Voice-Based AI Tech

“First unveiled at the Baidu Create 2018 AI Developer Conference earlier this month, the solution holds considerable potential in the China market, where Baidu says its DuerOS AI platform is already being used by over 200 partners in 25 million devices.” Synaptics and Baidu have joined forces, announcing that the former’s AudioSmart far-field voice digital signal…

Sensory’s Wake Word Tech Enhances AI Assistant for Hotels

Sensory’s Wake Word Tech Enhances AI Assistant for Hotels

“…Roxy suggested that this functionality could help to prevent the kind of wake word error that recently resulted in a couple’s private conversation being recorded and sent to an acquaintance.” A voice-based AI assistant designed for hotel rooms will get a little smarter thanks to Sensory‘s wake word solution, TrulyHandsfree. Roxy is essentially a kind…

Mastercard Hears Buzz Over Conversational Commerce

Mastercard Hears Buzz Over Conversational Commerce

Mastercard is hearing increasing chatter about ‘conversational commerce’, an emerging shopping experience in which users make purchases by talking with AI bots. The company’s new report on the matter, “Is anybody there? Giving Conversational Commerce a voice”, draws on a few recent findings from Mastercard’s own research and that of CapGemini, Walker Sands, and OC&C.…

Jibo Looks for Familiar Faces in Smart Home Race

Jibo Looks for Familiar Faces in Smart Home Race

“The table lamp-sized device is equipped with a camera and facial recognition technology allowing it to personally identify the different members of a household…” A Boston-based tech company is aiming to shake up the Alexa- and Google-dominated smart speaker market. Called Jibo, the company’s eponymous offering was launched last October, and has now been upgraded…

IoT Device Compiles Shopping List by Dictation, Barcode Scanner

IoT Device Compiles Shopping List by Dictation, Barcode Scanner

US supermarket chain Coles is pilot-testing a new device meant to streamline the shopping process via digital shopping lists, according to a Computerworld article by Rohan Pearce. Called Hiku, the small, nearly circular handheld device is apparently designed to be part of the emerging smart home network. Sporting WiFi connectivity, Hiku is used to add…

Biometrics Study Found Reduced Hospitalization, Costs: AMC Health

Biometrics Study Found Reduced Hospitalization, Costs: AMC Health

AMC Health, a chronic patient management specialist, has announced that it’s going to showcase its solutions at ATA 2015, a major telemedicine conference. The company will do a joint presentation with Geisinger Health Plan (GHP) entitled “Using IVR and Telemonitoring to Lower Hospital Admissions, Readmissions and Costs for Heart Failure (HF) Patients.” The presentation will…

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