speech recognition

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree 5.0 Boasts Upgraded AI

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree 5.0 Boasts Upgraded AI

“Sensory says TrulyHandsfree is the most widely deployed speech recognition system in the world and is now featured on over two billion devices.” Sensory Inc. has upgraded the AI of its TrulyHandsfree voice activation technology. Designed primarily to let users ‘wake up’ their devices, it has been integrated into headsets and even into smartglasses. Now,…

Windows Update Will Allow Users To Set Up Devices Via Cortana Voice Command

Windows Update Will Allow Users To Set Up Devices Via Cortana Voice Command

A new Windows update will allow users to set up their devices by voice command. The functionality will be included in the Creator’s Update, and will be based on the Cortana platform, Microsoft’s voice-based AI assistant. It’s another sign of the growing prominence of voice interaction as a user interface, with companies like Apple, Amazon,…

You Can Place Amazon Prime Now Orders Via Voice Command

You Can Place Amazon Prime Now Orders Via Voice Command

Amazon’s voice-based AI assistant, Alexa, can now place orders through Amazon’s Prime Now shopping service. Just by asking (or demanding), Alexa users can order a range of common household items, which are then delivered free within the next two-hour delivery window. It’s a natural evolution of Amazon’s smart home ecosystem. In 2015, Amazon announced Amazon…

Speech Recognition Tech to Help German Authorities Identify Origin Countries of Refugees

Speech Recognition Tech to Help German Authorities Identify Origin Countries of Refugees

German officials are planning to use speech recognition technology to help identify the countries of origin of the many migrants applying for refugee status. The Federal Migration Office (BAMF) already employs linguists covering a range of languages, but as of the start of the year faced a backlog of 430,000 refugee applications as the country…

Alexa Can Lock Your Doors Via Voice Command

Alexa Can Lock Your Doors Via Voice Command

“In the meantime, Amazon is reportedly working to enable voice recognition for Alexa…” Amazon’s Alexa AI assistant has extended its reach in the smart home with a new capability of managing smart locks from Kwikset. The latter’s SmartCode 910, 912, 914, and 916 devices can now be locked with a simple voice command from the user.…

IBM Sets New Speech Recognition Record

IBM Sets New Speech Recognition Record

IBM has broken an industry record with its speech recognition technology, reaching a word error rate of 5.5 percent. It’s a considerable accomplishment given that the company attained a word error rate of 6.9 percent only half a year ago. More importantly, it has broken the record of a rival, with Microsoft researchers having reached…

MIT Researchers Advance Low-Power Speech Recognition

MIT Researchers Advance Low-Power Speech Recognition

A team of MIT researchers have developed a speech recognition chip that they claim uses only 0.2 to 10 milliwatts of power for every full watt that a standard phone-based speech recognition system would use, reports MIT News. The technology is based on a neural network structure that only activates more complex sections of processing…

Alexa Comes To Bluetooth Headsets Via VoiceGenie

Alexa Comes To Bluetooth Headsets Via VoiceGenie

Sensory has announced a new solution aimed at enabling hands-free interaction with Amazon’s Alexa on Bluetooth devices. Called VoiceGenie, the system could be used to bring voice-based interaction to headsets and other such devices. It’s the product of an effort that began last autumn, when Sensory announced that it was working with Alexa Voice Service…

Vesper, DSP Group, and Sensory Demonstrate Low-Power Voice Activation Platform

Vesper, DSP Group, and Sensory Demonstrate Low-Power Voice Activation Platform

A new development platform is aimed at fostering the development of battery-powered devices offering voice activation with very little power use. The solution was developed by Vesper, DSP Group, and Sensory. It uses Vesper’s VM1010 piezoelectric MEMS microphone, Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree voice command technology, and DSP Group’s DBMD4 audio processor. According to Vesper CEO Matt Crowley,…

Nuance Tech Taps Into CES Buzz

Nuance Tech Taps Into CES Buzz

There was a lot of buzz over exciting new technologies at last week’s CES 2017 event, and Nuance Communications was keen to make its voice heard as it showcased its voice-based interaction solutions. The company used the event to highlight its Nuance Mix development platform, which has recently been leveraged in a range of partner…

Honda Bringing Optical Voice Biometrics System to the Smart Car

Honda Bringing Optical Voice Biometrics System to the Smart Car

Honda is working with Israel-based voice biometrics specialist VocalZoom to develop an enhanced voice interaction system for smart cars. The companies are working together via Honda’s Xcelerator program, which aims to foster technological innovation by connecting startups and smaller tech companies with the auto maker. The partnership could demonstrate a particular utility for VocalZoom’s technology…

Australian Taxation Office Website Finding Satisfaction With Voice-Based AI

Australian Taxation Office Website Finding Satisfaction With Voice-Based AI

“Nuance says it has had over 950,000 conversations since it was deployed in March, and that initial results indicate it has achieved “first contact resolution rates of 80 per cent”, according to a statement from the company.” Nuance’s AI assistant system has been adapted for another self-service system. This time, it’s been deployed for the…

News Roundup: The Biometric Smart Card Boom

News Roundup: The Biometric Smart Card Boom

Last week at FindBiometrics things were gearing up for Trustech 2016 where the biometric smart card is slated to make a big impression. Meanwhile we continued to countdown to this week’s Financial Biometrics Month webinar as mobile biometrics integrations, law enforcement, and connected identity rounded out the industry news. Here is a look back on last…

Audyssey eVR Can Hear Voice Commands From 19 Feet Away

Audyssey eVR Can Hear Voice Commands From 19 Feet Away

A California-based tech company is testing how far it can carry users’ speech commands with a new voice recognition system called Audyssey eVR. Audyssey was founded in 2004 by a group of University of South California audio signal researchers, and has since specialized in developing audio technology for consumer electronics products. Its latest offering is meant…

Now You Can Send P2P PayPal Transactions Via Speech

Now You Can Send P2P PayPal Transactions Via Speech

PayPal has taught Siri a new skill: Apple’s voice-based AI assistant can now send peer-to-peer money transactions using PayPal. Announcing the skill in a blog post, PayPal framed it as a development timed for the busy holiday shopping period, noting that the company’s management expects over 17 million P2P transactions to be made over its service…

Natural Speech To Be Key User Interface For IoT: Report

Natural Speech To Be Key User Interface For IoT: Report

A new report from Opus Research is heralding the rise of natural speech as the key user interface for the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” emerging with the Internet of Things. Specifically, the report focuses on Artificial Solution’s Teneo Platform, an AI system based on voice interaction with the user, as its main case study. But the…

News Roundup: November is Financial Biometrics Month

News Roundup: November is Financial Biometrics Month

Last week at FindBiometrics we kicked off Financial Biometrics Month 2016 while in-display fingerprint sensors made headlines. Contactless biometrics were in the news too, as we talked automated driving tests, contactless modalities, and the places consumers are still in need of strong authentication. Here’s a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management:  –Register…

TrulyHandsfree Featured On New Bluetooth Headset

TrulyHandsfree Featured On New Bluetooth Headset

“Enabled by Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree technology, the [voice command] feature lets users control the headset by voice command, allowing them to make calls or check the battery status without actually having to manipulate the headset itself.” A new headset is taking advantage of Sensory‘s TrulyHandsfree voice command technology to improve the user experience. Developed by VXi Corporation,…

Money20/20: AI Banking Assistant ‘Eva’ Can Recognize Speech and Voices

Money20/20: AI Banking Assistant ‘Eva’ Can Recognize Speech and Voices

Enacomm has developed its own voice command-based AI assistant for banking applications. Called the Enacomm Voice Authentication, or “Eva”, the system was unveiled at this week’s Money20/20 expo in Las Vegas. The solution arrives at a time of growing excitement around voice-based AI assistants, which are seen as a key means of enabling user interaction…

News Roundup: Fingerprints, FinTech and Healthcare

News Roundup: Fingerprints, FinTech and Healthcare

Last week at FindBiometrics fingerprint biometric upgrades and integrations took the spotlight while FinTech, contactless modalities, and healthcare biometrics rounded out the industry news coverage. Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management: Samsung Samsung Electronics was named among the world’s best brands last week as the clock ticked…

Sensory Celebrates Numerous Accolades

Sensory Celebrates Numerous Accolades

Sensory is celebrating a number of industry accolades. The company says it has won “over half a dozen awards” this year, according to a statement. The company won Best Innovation in Deep Learning at the Alconics awards; First Place in Mobile Security and Privacy at the CTIA Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards; and Star Performer at…

Sensory Introduces Alexa to TrulyHandsfree Platform

Sensory Introduces Alexa to TrulyHandsfree Platform

Sensory Inc. has teamed up with the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) team to bring “Alexa” wakeup to devices using its TrulyHandsfree technology. That means users who are familiar with the voice-controlled AI assistant will be able to turn on compatible devices just by saying its name. Most of those users will probably be familiar with…

Apple’s Smart Home Hub To Recognize Faces, Read Emotions: Reports

Apple’s Smart Home Hub To Recognize Faces, Read Emotions: Reports

Apple is getting ready to go head-to-head with Amazon with its own smart home hub similar to the latter’s Echo. The system will be very similar in functionality, allowing user’s to interact with it via Siri, Apple’s voice-activated AI assistant; Amazon’s devices, meanwhile, feature its Alexa system. Users will be able to control connected home…

KnuVerse Gets New General Manager

KnuVerse Gets New General Manager

An early member of the KnuEdge team has been promoted to a big new position as the company proceeds after having come out of stealth mode earlier this year. Kate Dilligan is now the Executive Vice President and General Manager of KnuVerse, the company’s voice recognition technology brand. Dilligan arrived at the company in 2005,…

Amazon Echo Dot Features Voice Controlled AI, Available For Pre-Order

Amazon Echo Dot Features Voice Controlled AI, Available For Pre-Order

Amazon’s second-generation Amazon Echo Dot is now available for pre-order in the UK. It’s a small, cylindrical device in the shape of a tuna can that helps to turn a user’s residence into a smart home. Like the Amazon Echo and other similar devices, it features Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled AI platform. Users can play music, control…

Dictation Tech Brings Satisfaction to Medical Records Keeping: Survey

Dictation Tech Brings Satisfaction to Medical Records Keeping: Survey

Nuance Communications’ medical records-keeping solution is helping to make a difference, suggests a recent study from a deployment with Nebraska Medicine. The university-affiliated medical center deployed Nuance Dragon Medical One, along with the Nuance PowerMic Mobile smartphone microphone and the Dragon Medical Advisor document analysis system, in an effort to improve physicians’ medical documentation processes.…

Speech Recognition Helps Bring Sonos Speakers into the Smart Home

Speech Recognition Helps Bring Sonos Speakers into the Smart Home

Home entertainment speakers maker Sonos has announced new initiatives that will take advantage of users’ increasingly connected homes as the Internet of Things continues to bloom. One of the developments is the integration of Sonos controls into Spotify, which will allow users to control what’s playing on their entire Sonos home speaker systems through the…

How Do Biometrics Factor Into The iPhone 7?

How Do Biometrics Factor Into The iPhone 7?

Today marked Apple’s annual September launch event, and the Cupertino company used the highly anticipated platform to launched three major products. A new iPhone, a new Apple Watch, and wireless earbuds all made appearances as Apple went out of its way to showcase its partnerships with Nintendo and Nike. New Phone, New Watch, New ‘Phones…

USAA’s Nuance-Developed AI Assistant Gets a Bigger Role

USAA’s Nuance-Developed AI Assistant Gets a Bigger Role

“…an AI virtual assistant is now available to chat with customers through the USAA website.” USAA, a financial services organization catering to current and former members of the US armed forces, has announced some sophisticated new technology that should help to make life a little easier for its customers. One such offering is a new…

Korean MNO’s Smart Home Device Echoes Alexa

Korean MNO’s Smart Home Device Echoes Alexa

A South Korean mobile network operator is getting in on the voice-based AI market with a new device called NUGU. Its name is the Korean word for “who”, and SK Telecom claims it features the first AI system that can understand the Korean language. It’s a white, cylindrical device similar to the Amazon echo in…

Biometrics News Roundup: Facial Recognition and Biometric Wearables

Biometrics News Roundup: Facial Recognition and Biometric Wearables

Last week at FindBiometrics we saw a variety of facial recognition stories that illustrated the many complicated facets of the modality in action while fingerprint biometrics made prominent headlines. We saw big picture cybersecurity news too, as biometric wearables and border control rounded out our industry coverage. Here’s a look back on the biggest stories in biometrics…

Speech-Based Input Faster and More Accurate Than Texting: Study

Speech-Based Input Faster and More Accurate Than Texting: Study

A new study from a team of researchers from Stanford, the University of Washington, and Baidu suggests that the transition to speech-based interaction with consumer devices could offer some considerable benefits to users. The study compared text-based entry to dictation in both English and Mandarin Chinese, with the text entered via the Apple iOS’s touchscreen…

News Roundup: Civil ID Versus Organ Trafficking

News Roundup: Civil ID Versus Organ Trafficking

Last week at FindBiometrics we reported on the latest iris and fingerprint biometrics news coming out of the mobile sphere while civil ID and healthcare had us talking about the vertical markets. Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management: Iris Recognition Samsung clarified details about the iris scanner…

Start Your Hyundai Genesis’ Engine With Remote Voice Command

Start Your Hyundai Genesis’ Engine With Remote Voice Command

“Hyundai’s new skill allows drivers of its Genesis G90 sedan to do things like start the engine or control the car’s air conditioning by voice command.” Hyundai has teamed up with Amazon to let Echo users interact with their cars from the comfort of their living rooms. Echo is, of course, Amazon’s smart home hub…

Google Working with a Range of Accents to Improve Speech Recognition Tech

Google Working with a Range of Accents to Improve Speech Recognition Tech

Google’s efforts to enhance its speech recognition technology’s ability to understand regional accents could be much more expansive than originally thought, according to a new report from The Verge. Earlier this month, reports emerged of Google soliciting Scots to record short audio samples, presumably to help its technology come to grips with the Scottish accent.…

Upgraded Nuance Dragon Software Offers Greater Accuracy

Upgraded Nuance Dragon Software Offers Greater Accuracy

Nuance Communications has announced new versions of its Dragon line of speech recognition software. The company says the latest versions of its Dragon Professional Individual software, version 15 for PC and version 6 for Mac, offer up to 24 percent more accurate speech recognition, allowing professionals to save even more time with voice dictation. Meanwhile, the…

Nuance AI Assistant Answers Australians’ IP Questions

Nuance AI Assistant Answers Australians’ IP Questions

IP Australia, the country’s intellectual property agency, has launched a virtual assistant to help customers calling in with questions. Called ‘Alex’, the virtual entity is based on Nuance Communications’ virtual assistant platform, called ‘Nina’. Alex is designed to answer callers’ questions about trade mark registration and related issues, and to evolve its knowledge base as…

Speech Recognition Tech Adds Punctuation to Dictated Health Records

Speech Recognition Tech Adds Punctuation to Dictated Health Records

Milwaukee-based InfraWare has won a new patent for its speech recognition technology. The patent is entitled “System And Method For Analyzing Verbal Records of Dictation Using Extracted Verbal Features”. Essentially, the patent covers technology that attempts to identify the grammatical structure of recorded speech, and to insert punctuation in the appropriate places. As InfraWare CEO Nicholas…

Google Solicits Scots for Better Speech Recognition

Google Solicits Scots for Better Speech Recognition

Google is trying to better understand Scottish speech. The company recently posted a request for Scots to record a series of phrases that it will use to improve its speech recognition technology. Google says the work will take about three hours to complete, and it will pay for the work—£27 for adult participants and £30 for…

Swisscom Emphasizes Security of Voice Recognition

Swisscom Emphasizes Security of Voice Recognition

One of Switzerland’s biggest telecoms is embracing passive biometric authentication for its customers. Swisscom has announced that starting early this month, customers calling in to the company will be identified by their voices. While voice recognition is increasingly being used as a means of passive identification that can help to improve the customer experience, in…

News Roundup: What’s Next For Voice and Speech Recognition?

News Roundup: What’s Next For Voice and Speech Recognition?

Last week at FindBiometrics we featured an interview with Opus Research lead analyst and founder Dan Miller while voice and speech biometrics, forensics, payments tech, and more filled out the industry news headlines. Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management: What’s Next For Voice and Speech Recognition Opus…

Sensory’s LPSD Tech Gains Traction Among Chip Makers

Sensory’s LPSD Tech Gains Traction Among Chip Makers

Sensory Inc.‘s Low Power Sound Detector (LPSD) technology is starting to take off among chip manufacturers. The company says that companies including DSP Group, Knowles, and QuickLogic have all integrated the technology in their products, and that more are in the pipeline. The LPSD technology is one of the keys to Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree solution, which…

News Roundup: FIDO Makes a New Ally

News Roundup: FIDO Makes a New Ally

Last week at FindBiometrics law enforcement and banking made up the bulk of the headlines. We saw new biometric smartphone integrations, a major new team up for The FIDO Alliance, and much more. Here is a look back on last week’s’ top stories in global identity management. Civil ID Civil ID made the news last week…

CallMiner Upgrades Speech Recognition Tech

CallMiner Upgrades Speech Recognition Tech

CallMiner has announced a major upgrade of its CallMiner Eureka system. The company says its flagship platform, which is designed to automatically transcribe speech, is now somewhere between 80 and 90 percent accurate in recognizing words, can perform ten times faster than real-time, and is compatible with more than 20 languages and dialects. The upgrade…

News Roundup: Law Enforcement, Cold Cases, Controversy

News Roundup: Law Enforcement, Cold Cases, Controversy

Last week at FindBiometrics we looked back on the trends we observed at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai while bringing you two interviews with industry leading experts. The industry news was filled with headlines concerning national ID, mobile fingerprint biometrics, and voice controlled smart glasses, as controversy was brewing in the law enforcement space. Here…

Sensory Speech Command Tech Integrated Into Enterprise Smartglasses

Sensory Speech Command Tech Integrated Into Enterprise Smartglasses

Smartglasses developer Vuzix has teamed up with Sensory Inc. to bring its TrulyHandsfree voice recognition technology to its M300 wearable device. Compatible with Android and iOS, Vuzix’s M300 smartglasses are designed for enterprise applications. They feature an HD camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, head-tracking, and GPS functionality. Now, Sensory’s low-power voice command technology will provide a more…

Microsoft Highlights Speech Recognition in UWP

Microsoft Highlights Speech Recognition in UWP

The Windows Apps Team continues to promote the sophisticated technological capabilities of the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (UWP) through its FamilyNotes app. While Microsoft was keen to emphasize the impressive facial recognition technology of UWP, its Windows Apps Team’s latest and final developers’ blog post on FamilyNotes emphasizes its voice command and speech recognition functionality.…

Voice Interaction Technologies to See CAGR of 80 Percent: ABI Research

Voice Interaction Technologies to See CAGR of 80 Percent: ABI Research

Voice-based interaction is on the rise, with a new report from ABI Research predicting that by 2021, the number of users interacting with such systems will reach over a billion. That will reflect a CAGR of 80 percent, the market research firm says. In the enterprise, the hands-free functionality of voice-based interaction will prove highly…

Amazon’s Voice-Based AI Has Over a Thousand Skills

Amazon’s Voice-Based AI Has Over a Thousand Skills

Amazon’s voice-based AI assistant Alexa now has more than a thousand “skills”, the company has announced. ‘Skills’ in Alexa’s case refer to the AI system’s compatibility with certain kinds of queries. They’ve been ramping up over the last year, ever since Amazon opened up skills development to third parties via Amazon’s Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).…

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