voice interfaces

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…

Nuance Provides Voice Interface Tech for Chinese Smart Car Platform

Nuance Provides Voice Interface Tech for Chinese Smart Car Platform

“…Nuance has revealed that its technology has been integrated into GKUI, delivering both speech and voice recognition in a high-speed voice interaction system allowing users to ask questions and adjust in-car settings.” A major Chinese car maker has embraced voice-based user interface technology from Nuance. Based in Hangzhou, Geely has developed its own in-car infotainment…

Bose Speakers Add Voice Control Via Google Assistant

Bose Speakers Add Voice Control Via Google Assistant

Bose is adding voice control to its smart speakers via Google Assistant. The new integration will allow customers to control the speaker with simple voice commands after using the phrase “Hey Google” to get its attention. Google Assistant will introduce the usual array of smart home features. Users will be able to play music, control…

Qualcomm Offers Support for Google Assistant with Smart Headset Platform

Qualcomm Offers Support for Google Assistant with Smart Headset Platform

Qualcomm’s Smart Headset Platform is now fully compatible with Google Assistant and Google Fast Pair. The flexible headset platform is built using Qualcomm’s low-power Bluetooth chips, and will empower device manufacturers to build a range of consumer-oriented audio products. With Google Assistant, Qualcomm will be able to provide push-button activation for the voice assistant while…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Synaptics Adapts AudioSmart Tech for Smart Set-Top-Boxes

Synaptics Adapts AudioSmart Tech for Smart Set-Top-Boxes

“…it delivers AudioSmart’s key speech recognition capabilities, including acoustic echo cancellation and voice targeting.” Synaptics has adapted its AudioSmart Far-Field Voice (FFV) technology for emerging set-top-boxes. Its new solution, the VideoSmart VS-550 multimedia processor, features a quad-core 15K DMIPs processor, and arrives as a single-chip solution for device makers. It’s designed for Android TV set-top…

Google Assistant Goes Bilingual

Google Assistant Goes Bilingual

The Google Assistant is now bilingual, and is on its way to a lot more smart devices. The voice-controlled AI assistant’s bilingualism represents an industry first. All the major virtual assistants, including Google Assistant, already supported multiple languages; but this is the first time that such a platform is able to fluently switch between two…

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 –…

Baidu’s Voice-Based AI Platform Now in 100M Devices

Baidu’s Voice-Based AI Platform Now in 100M Devices

“Smart cars may be one increasingly important avenue going forward, with Baidu having established partnerships with major brands including BMW, Daimler, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, and others to integrate its conversational AI platform into their vehicles.” Baidu has hit a major milestone for its DuerOS voice-based AI platform: The company has announced that it’s now being…

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