voice-based AI assistants

Cerence Issues First Quarterly Results as Independent Company

Cerence Issues First Quarterly Results as Independent Company

Cerence has officially revealed the results of its first fiscal quarter as an independent company, after the automotive AI specialist split off from Nuance Communications last October. In a report comparing the first quarter of Cerence’s 2020 fiscal year to its performance from the same period a year ago – when it was still the…

Cerence Sets Dates for Q1 Results, Special Investor Event

Cerence Sets Dates for Q1 Results, Special Investor Event

Cerence has set a date for the publication of its first quarter results: February 11, 2020. The results will be issued at 7:00 a.m. EST, 4:00 a.m. PST. The corporate update will cover the first quarter of Cerence’s fiscal year, with Q1 having ended December 31, 2019. As such, it will cover the company’s first…

Cerence Gives Users Genderless Option for Voice Assistants

Cerence Gives Users Genderless Option for Voice Assistants

Cerence has released a new text-to-speech feature that allows developers to adjust the perceived gender of a computer voice. The feature can be used to make a feminine voice seem more masculine (or vice versa), or to create a genderless voice that lies somewhere in between. According to Cerence, the timbre feature gives developers more…

Cerence Teams Up with LG to Develop New In-Car Voice Assistant

Cerence Teams Up with LG to Develop New In-Car Voice Assistant

Cerence is teaming up with LG Electronics to give drivers more control over the in-car experience. The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that attests to their plan to develop a software solution that blends Cerence ARK (AI Reference Kit) with LG’s webOS Auto platform. Cerence ARK is a voice assistant that…

Google to Train Voice Models to Understand People With Down Syndrome

Google to Train Voice Models to Understand People With Down Syndrome

Google has announced a partnership with The Canadian Down Syndrome Society to train their technology to better understand people with Down Syndrome. Due to their unique voice patterns, Google’s voice models don’t always understand people with Down Syndrome. By collecting voice samples and using them to train its AI models, Google and the Canadian Down…

Baidu Emphasizes Children’s Mode in New Xiaodu X8 Smart Speaker

Baidu Emphasizes Children’s Mode in New Xiaodu X8 Smart Speaker

Baidu has released its latest smart speaker for the Chinese market. Dubbed the Xiaodu Smart Display X8, the new smart home device offers an 8-inch FullView touchscreen display with 1280×800 resolution and a robust four-microphone array to facilitate far-field voice interactions. The X8 supports multiple biometric modalities, including face and gesture recognition. Facial recognition is…

Cerence Releases Localized ARK Platform for the Chinese Market

Cerence Releases Localized ARK Platform for the Chinese Market

Cerence has released a new turnkey solution developed specifically for Chinese cars. Dubbed Cerence ARK (short for AI Reference Kit), the new platform will make it easier for Chinese auto manufacturers to integrate a localized voice assistant with robust AI capabilities into their various automotive offerings. The ARK platform utilizes Cerence’s speech and voice recognition…

Cerence Upgrades Flagship Voice Assistant Platform

Cerence Upgrades Flagship Voice Assistant Platform

Cerence has released an upgraded version of Cerence Drive, its flagship smart car virtual assistant platform. Cerence Drive provides car manufacturers with speech and voice recognition tech that can serve as a foundation for cloud-based and embedded conversational assistants. The latest iteration of the platform makes improvements to the company’s natural language understanding (NLU) engine,…

VynZ Forecasts $16.2 Billion Market for Conversational AI

VynZ Forecasts $16.2 Billion Market for Conversational AI

A new report from VynZ Research predicts that the market for conversational AI tech will climb to $16.2 billion between 2019 and 2024. That figure represents a CAGR of 29.2 percent for the time period in question. Conversational AI can be used for a wide range of purposes, including onboarding and customer support, though VynZ…

Nexxt App Helps Manage Full Line of Smart Home Connected Products

Nexxt App Helps Manage Full Line of Smart Home Connected Products

Nexxt Solutions is rolling out a new line of Smart Home products in collaboration with Microsoft and Tuya. The portfolio currently includes smart plugs, power strips, bulbs, and motion sensors, but will expand to a full line of more than 40 connected products by mid-2020. All of the products will be compatible with the Nexxt…

ENACOMM Gets Another Reseller for Conversational Banking Tech

ENACOMM Gets Another Reseller for Conversational Banking Tech

“ENACOMM’s Virtual Personal Assistant and Interactive Voice Response solutions are designed to let end users do their banking entirely through conversation with AI-driven systems, provided that they are properly authenticated.” ENACOMM has teamed with another reseller partner for its financial services automation technology. United Solutions Company (USC), a Credit Union Services Organization with a roster…

New Voice Commands Make it Easier to Delete Amazon Alexa Recordings

New Voice Commands Make it Easier to Delete Amazon Alexa Recordings

Amazon is introducing a pair of new voice commands that will make it easier to delete Alexa recordings. From now on, saying “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” will wipe everything the smart speaker picked up on the day in question. Soon, the command “Alexa, delete what I just said,” will allow users to selectively…

LabTwin Launches Digital Assistant for Scientific Researchers

LabTwin Launches Digital Assistant for Scientific Researchers

LabTwin GmbH has announced the launch of a new digital assistant designed specifically for research and laboratory settings. The eponymous system uses voice recognition and AI to allow scientists to offload a number of more mundane clerical tasks. For instance, scientists can use their voice to ask LabTwin to take notes, capture data, or set…

ENACOMM and WRG Bring Voice Banking to Credit Unions

ENACOMM and WRG Bring Voice Banking to Credit Unions

Credit unions are rapidly introducing the same AI-driven solutions that banks and credit card companies use to make financial services more convenient. Or at least, that’s the takeaway from a newly announced reseller arrangement between ENACOMM and Wescom Resource Group (WRG), a credit union technology specialist. According to the agreement, ENACOMM’s credit union clients will…

Google Assistant to Become Your Translator

Google Assistant to Become Your Translator

” Interpreter Mode will translate what the user is saying into the selected language through synthetic speech, or into text if it’s being used with a Google Smart Display. “ Google has announced a number of new features and integrations for its AI-driven virtual assistant platform at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but one of…

Google Reveals Big AI Ecosystem Push at CES 2019

Google Reveals Big AI Ecosystem Push at CES 2019

“It’s a clear signal that Google wants to get as many partners into its AI ecosystem as possible.” Google is aiming to connect more third party partners and devices to its Google Assistant AI platform, if its big new announcement for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show offers any indication. Detailing its Google Assistant innovations for…

Bixby to Start Trading Stocks in 2019

Bixby to Start Trading Stocks in 2019

Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant will soon be able to buy and sell stocks via voice command. The functionality is currently being developed by DeepSearch, a Korea-based data analytics service whose platform is designed to deliver important information about publicly traded companies to end users. Accordingly, as the Korea Herald reports, the new Bixby capability will…

Amazon Opens Alexa Mobile SDK to Third Party Developers

Amazon Opens Alexa Mobile SDK to Third Party Developers

Amazon is seeking to get its Alexa virtual assistant into more third party devices with the announcement that it has now opened up the SDK for its Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit. The development platform was first announced near the start of the year, when it was available for select headphone devices from Bose, Jabra, and…

noHold Announces White Label Voice-Based Virtual Assistant

noHold Announces White Label Voice-Based Virtual Assistant

Silicon Valley-based noHold has now launched its own voice-based virtual assistant on its SICURA platform. Called SICURA Voice, the solution is able to respond to multiple different users and is designed to offer natural speech recognition. It supports 13 languages, and is aimed at the enterprise sector, allowing client companies to create their own custom…

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