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Biometrics Are Part of the Artificial Intelligence Explosion

Biometrics Are Part of the Artificial Intelligence Explosion

Artificial intelligence is not a new concept. Sci-fi fans have been well acquainted with its principles since Isaac Asimov started getting books published, and more recently a generation that has grown up on video games has spent countless hours trying to outsmart AI entities. But in recent years AI has really come to the forefront…

Alexa AI Upgrades Expand Voice Command Capabilities

Alexa AI Upgrades Expand Voice Command Capabilities

Amazon has announced a new smart home hub device and an improved version of its Alexa AI assistant platform. Priced at $149.99, the Echo Plus is an expansion of the pioneering Amazon Echo concept. It’s designed to automatically look for compatible smart home devices with the user command, “Alexa, discover my devices”; and compatible GE,…

U.S. Bank Customers Can Pay Bills By Voice Command Using Alexa

U.S. Bank Customers Can Pay Bills By Voice Command Using Alexa

“To enable the feature, customers must have an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap speaker, as well as an Amazon account and the Alexa smartphone app.” U.S. Bank has launched a new function for customers who own Amazon Alexa devices allowing them to check balances and make payments by voice command. The nationwide launch…

Amazon’s Latest Alexa SDK Helps Bring Voice Interaction To New Devices

Amazon’s Latest Alexa SDK Helps Bring Voice Interaction To New Devices

Amazon is trying to help developers bring its Alexa voice interaction technology into more devices with a new offering called AVS Device SDK. It’s a software development kit including C++ code libraries meant to help developers easily connect their devices to the Alexa Voice Service, Amazon’s cloud-hosted voice interaction platform. In a blog post announcing…

Ryanair Customers Can Now Search for Flights with ‘Alexa Voice Recognition’

Ryanair Customers Can Now Search for Flights with ‘Alexa Voice Recognition’

Customers of Ireland-based airline Ryanair can now search for flights, hotels, and flight statuses by voice command. The functionality comes by way of Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled AI assistant. In a statement announcing the new feature, Ryanair described it as “Alexa voice recognition”, suggesting that the system can not only respond to speech prompts but also…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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).…

Alexa Speech Recognition Featured on CoWatch

Alexa Speech Recognition Featured on CoWatch

Amazon is moving into smartwatches with a new device integrating its Alexa voice-controlled AI assistant. The device is called the CoWatch, and was developed by Danny Dong, CEO of iMCO. It features a high-resolution touchscreen and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and it also runs on the Cronologics OS, an operating system designed by Google and…