voice interaction

Fortune Business Insights Forecasts $28 Billion Voice Recognition Market

Fortune Business Insights Forecasts $28 Billion Voice Recognition Market

Fortune Business Insights (FBI) has released a new report on the voice and speech recognition market, projecting that the market will grow from $6.89 billion to $28.34 billion between 2018 and 2026. The market is expected to display a CAGR of 19.8 percent during that period. FBI credits a number of different factors for the expected growth,…

NXP MCU Enables Offline Voice Commands for Smart Devices

NXP MCU Enables Offline Voice Commands for Smart Devices

NXP has unveiled a new i.MX RT106L crossover microcontroller (MCU) that will make it easier for device manufacturers to integrate voice commands into various smart devices. The major selling point is the platform’s local capabilities, which enable voice commands without the need for a cloud connection and consequently offer more privacy than a fully connected…

SEC Filings Pave Way for Nuance Automotive Spinoff

SEC Filings Pave Way for Nuance Automotive Spinoff

“Cerence will build on Nuance’s robust foundation of voice- and Artificial Intelligence-based technology solutions for vehicles, capitalizing on growing market excitement around smart and connected car technologies.” Nuance Communications has officially filed its Form 10 Registration Statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for the spinoff of its automotive division, marking the latest important…

Mercedes AR Exhibit Lets You Play Tennis with Sloane Stephens

Mercedes AR Exhibit Lets You Play Tennis with Sloane Stephens

Mercedes-Benz is bringing a new Augmented Reality installation to the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament in Queens, NY. The exhibit allows visitors to receive an AR tennis lesson from 2017 U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens, and will be on display from August 21st to September 8th at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. “This…

ABI Predicts Voice Integration will Boost Home Robotics Market

ABI Predicts Voice Integration will Boost Home Robotics Market

A new report from ABI Research predicts that the integration of smart home technology will fuel the widespread adoption of home robotics. The firm notes that while consumers have been slow to warm to residential robotics, the introduction of smart home features – and voice control in particular – would drastically increase the appeal and…

What to Expect from Nuance’s Q3 Results

What to Expect from Nuance’s Q3 Results

Nuance Communications will publish its third quarter results for 2019 on Wednesday, August 7th, the company has announced. The results will be issued after market close, and will come alongside a copy of prepared remarks for shareholders. The results will follow an important corporate development, with Nuance having announced in June that it had established…

Google Emphasizes Privacy Commitment After Audio Data Leak

Google Emphasizes Privacy Commitment After Audio Data Leak

Google Search Product Manager David Monsees has taken to the company’s blog to emphasize its commitment to privacy and clarify some of its policies around the use of audio data. The post was written after one of the company’s language experts leaked confidential Dutch audio data, with Monsees noting that the leak is a violation…

Nuance Forms Research Partnership with Academic AI Institute Mila

Nuance Forms Research Partnership with Academic AI Institute Mila

Nuance Communications is teaming up with Mila, an academic Artificial Intelligence institute based in Quebec. Mila was founded by 2018 Turing Prize winner Yoshua Bengio, and focuses on machine learning with an emphasis on language. Nuance, meanwhile, is a conversational AI specialist, and has developed voice-based solutions for industries ranging from healthcare to finance to…

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…

BMW’s Intelligent Voice Assistant Integrates Nuance Automotive Tech

BMW’s Intelligent Voice Assistant Integrates Nuance Automotive Tech

“The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant will include voice-activated safety features and a voice-activated car manual.” Nuance Automotive has found another partner for its conversational voice interface technology, announcing that its AI tech is being deployed in BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant. The Assistant offers support for 22 languages and will allow BMW drivers to control various…

Google’s New Nest Hub Max Adds Face and Gesture Recognition Camera

Google’s New Nest Hub Max Adds Face and Gesture Recognition Camera

Google is consolidating its Nest and Google Home divisions with the Google Nest Hub Max, a slightly bigger version of the Google Home Hub (now the Google Nest Hub) speaker. Beyond the larger size (a 10-inch touchscreen instead of a 7-inch touchscreen), the Nest Hub Max’s most noteworthy addition is a new camera with facial…

Nuance Teams with Banma to Provide Speech Recognition for Chinese Cars

Nuance Teams with Banma to Provide Speech Recognition for Chinese Cars

Nuance Automotive has found another customer for its conversational AI, teaming up with Banma to bring better speech recognition to Chinese cars. A joint venture for Alibaba and SAIC Motor Corp., Banma will be deploying Nuance’s AI in the Banma MARS V3.0, a connected car infotainment platform that will make its first appearances in SAIC’s…

Amazon Alexa Comes to Huami’s Amazfit Verge Smartwatch

Amazon Alexa Comes to Huami’s Amazfit Verge Smartwatch

Huami has upgraded the Amazfit Verge smartwatch with the full integration of Amazon Alexa. Users of the wearable device will now be able to talk to the hand to get news, sports, and weather updates, and to perform a slew of basic clerical functions.  “Alexa has become a natural part of our daily routines in…

Sensory Announces Full Release of On-Device Large Vocabulary Speech Recognition Solution

Sensory Announces Full Release of On-Device Large Vocabulary Speech Recognition Solution

“Perhaps most importantly, the system is designed to operate entirely on a given device, with no need for data to be sent to an external server for processing, helping to protect end users’ privacy.” Sensory Inc. is looking to bring sophisticated speech recognition technology to a range of mobile and Internet of Things devices with…

Qualcomm Unveils New AI-Enabled Chip for Smart Audio Devices

Qualcomm Unveils New AI-Enabled Chip for Smart Audio Devices

Qualcomm has announced the launch of the QCS400 SoC series, a new line of chip-based AI solutions that are specifically designed for smart speakers and other smart audio applications. The chips offer users a greatly improved voice recognition interface, with far-field keyword recognition and echo cancellation that will make it easier to interact with voice…

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…

Google Assistant Update Accommodates Users’ Fondness for Voice Interaction

Google Assistant Update Accommodates Users’ Fondness for Voice Interaction

“The company has sought to make sophisticated AI a key selling point of its newest hardware products, and its rivals have also been pouring money into AI R&D as consumer expectations shift to demand smarter products and services.” Google has updated the user interface for its virtual assistant platform, seeking to both accommodate use trends…

Amid iPhone, Apple Watch Announcements, HomePod Gets AI Upgrade

Amid iPhone, Apple Watch Announcements, HomePod Gets AI Upgrade

Apple is hoping to leverage this week’s excitement about its new product announcements into some extra enthusiasm for its HomePod smart home speaker system, with a software update enhancing its capabilities. It’s essentially an AI upgrade. On the HomePod, Siri, Apple’s virtual AI assistant, can now search for songs by their lyrics, and perform other…

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