voice interfaces

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…

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.…