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EU Funds Cutting-Edge Biometric Border Screening Technologies

EU Funds Cutting-Edge Biometric Border Screening Technologies

The European Union is funding cutting-edge biometric screening projects that could reduce friction and wait times at the border while enhancing security, reports Horizon. One is MOBILEPASS, a project headed by the Austrian Institute of Technology, which has developed a handheld device that can scan faces and fingerprints using a built-in camera, comparing data obtained…

Wearable Biometrics To Aid In Understanding Conversations

Wearable Biometrics To Aid In Understanding Conversations

MIT researchers are working on a wearable AI system that could help to guide people with autism spectrum disorder (formerly known as Asperger’s disorder) and social anxiety through everyday conversations, reports MIT News. The aim is to develop a system that could advise users of the emotional tone of a given conversation, all from the…

ZTE Uses Intel Chip Tech to Support Super-Fast Facial Recognition

ZTE Uses Intel Chip Tech to Support Super-Fast Facial Recognition

“[ZTE’s cloud computing application] ran a facial recognition system, and was able to process over a thousand images per second, with a “theoretical high accuracy”, according to a statement from Intel.” Intel has helped ZTE to make some substantial leaps in its AI technology. The mobile maker took advantage of Intel’s midrange ARIA 10 FPGA computer…

NEC Bringing Biometrics, AI & 5G Tech to MWC 2017

NEC Bringing Biometrics, AI & 5G Tech to MWC 2017

“Such solutions include those in its NEC WISE artificial intelligence line, which features technologies based on facial and fingerprint recognition, among other technologies.” NEC has been hard at work on new IoT and AI solutions for businesses and governments, and will be showing them off at a couple of big events this winter. To start, NEC’s own…

LG’s Hub Robot Responds To Voices, Recognizes Faces

LG’s Hub Robot Responds To Voices, Recognizes Faces

LG bet on a robot revolution at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, where it unveiled four new robotic offerings. Two are meant for the airport. LG’s Airport Guide Robot able to scan passengers’ tickets, offer information about their flights, and even lead them to their gates; while the Airport Cleaning Robot is pretty much what…

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…

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…

Nuance’s Nina ID 2.0 Supports Multi-Factor Authentication

Nuance’s Nina ID 2.0 Supports Multi-Factor Authentication

Nuance has announced a new version of its Nina voice-based AI assistant platform. Nina ID 2.0 now supports multi-factor authentication. The system now supports both voice biometrics and facial recognition capabilities, with the former functioning via passphrase and the latter operating via selfie. It also supports fingerprint scanning on smartphones, and the company says it offers an…

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…

MIT Facial Recognition System Spontaneously Mimics Human Brain

MIT Facial Recognition System Spontaneously Mimics Human Brain

An MIT research team has developed a machine learning facial recognition system that has spontaneously mimicked a key feature of our own brain’s visual processing system, reports MIT News. The researchers’ aim was to develop a facial recognition system that could learn to construct what are called “invariant” representations of faces – images of faces that…

Financial Biometrics Month 2016: 3 Exciting FinTech Solutions of Tomorrow

Financial Biometrics Month 2016: 3 Exciting FinTech Solutions of Tomorrow

If you are looking to see examples of biometrics in action, authenticating the common person and actively protecting real sensitive data, the place to look is the financial services market. Mobile wallets have taken off, enabling consumers to pay with their fingerprints, corporate banking clients scan their vein patterns to make high risk transactions through…

Beyond The MacBook: 3 Places Consumers Still Need Biometrics

Beyond The MacBook: 3 Places Consumers Still Need Biometrics

Last week Apple finally brought Touch ID biometrics to its MacBook Pro, making good on longstanding rumors that the fingerprint scanning functionality was coming to the laptop in order to take advantage of Apple Pay on the web. The MacBook Pro isn’t the first laptop to feature an embedded fingerprint sensor – Lenovo has had…

Biometrics and Identity at Money20/20 – Pt. 1

Biometrics and Identity at Money20/20 – Pt. 1

This week FindBiometrics is in Las Vegas for Money20/20 2016 where biometrics are bigger than ever before. For three consecutive years we have hosted panel discussions at the major FinTech event, watching the audience steadily grow along with the number of biometrics vendors on the exhibition floor. On Monday, FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill once again took…

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…

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…

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…

AI-Human Facial Recognition Competition Illustrates State of the Art

AI-Human Facial Recognition Competition Illustrates State of the Art

A human being has beaten a sophisticated artificial intelligence system in a facial recognition competition. He’s no ordinary human, however. Wang Yucheng is famous in his home country of China for his amazing memory, having performed such feats as correctly identifying, on a game show, a certain glass of water from over 500 other nearly identical…

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).…

Microsoft Cognitive Services Enable Speech and Voice Recognition

Microsoft Cognitive Services Enable Speech and Voice Recognition

As other major IT companies step up their efforts in speech recognition and AI, Microsoft is following suit with respect to its Universal Windows Platform (UWP). The company is offering a new set of APIs for UWP developers called Microsoft Cognitive Services. The cloud-based APIs revolve around speech recognition, but also take things a step…

Speech Recognition Is Leaving a Mark on Our Accents

Speech Recognition Is Leaving a Mark on Our Accents

Apple users are changing their accents to accommodate Siri, according to The Guardian’s Tom Dart. And the same applies to users of other apps designed for speech recognition; all are struggling to sound more like northern Americans to ensure that their apps can figure out what they’re saying. Speaking to Dart, Language Technologies professor Alan…

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