Smart Home

Nest Hub Max to Feature Face Matching, According to Google Assistant

Nest Hub Max to Feature Face Matching, According to Google Assistant

The Nest Hub Max isn’t expected to hit store shelves until September 9th, but Google Assistant is already listing Face Match in its settings menu. The facial recognition feature will allow the Nest Hub Max to recognize the faces of different people when they enter the room and display calendars, alerts, and other information customized…

Voice Recognition Update Lets HomePod ID Multiple Users

Voice Recognition Update Lets HomePod ID Multiple Users

“…the multi-user feature should help Apple compete with rivals like Google Assistant, which already offers personalized functions through voice recognition.” Apple’s HomePod is getting a voice recognition update that will allow it to identify different individuals. The multi-user feature will enable the smart speaker to recognize multiple voices, which will in turn allow it to…

Google Nest Hub Max Features Facial Recognition

Google Nest Hub Max Features Facial Recognition

Google is consolidating its Nest and Google Home divisions with the Google Nest Hub Max, a slightly bigger version of the Google Home Hub (now the Google Nest Hub) speaker. Beyond the larger size (a 10-inch touchscreen instead of a 7-inch touchscreen), the Nest Hub Max’s most noteworthy addition is a new camera with facial…

Is Face ID Coming to the HomePod?

Is Face ID Coming to the HomePod?

A recently published Apple patent suggests that the company could be planning to introduce Face ID and 3D hand gestures to its HomePod line of products. The patent specifically refers to a voice-controlled assistant such as a “countertop speaker,” and would allow such devices to recognize faces, as well as hand waves and other basic…

Sensory Announces VoiceGenie Smart Speaker Reference Design

Sensory Announces VoiceGenie Smart Speaker Reference Design

“Many consumer electronics OEMs want to get into the fast-growing market for smart speakers, but they don’t want to use another brand’s wake word or risk their customers’ privacy and personal data to do so. Sensory now has an affordable solution that offers these companies access to a user-friendly voice UX for Bluetooth speakers that…

CES 2019: Gentex Showcases Iris Biometrics for Connected Cars

CES 2019: Gentex Showcases Iris Biometrics for Connected Cars

“Based on iris recognition, the system is designed to be embedded into a mirror, and to automatically identify a driver with just a glance.” Gentex is once again showcasing cutting-edge connected car technologies at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Among its new offerings is HomeLink Connect, a mobile app that’s designed to pair with a…

CES 2019: Pindrop Announces Expansion Beyond the Call Center

CES 2019: Pindrop Announces Expansion Beyond the Call Center

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019) is a big one for Pindrop, which has taken the opportunity to announce its expansion beyond the call center market. The company’s flagship solution has thus far been aimed primarily at delivering anti-fraud security to call centers, combining voice recognition with the analysis of metadata associated with inbound…

TrulySecure Sound ID Safeguards Homes with Always-Listening Tech

TrulySecure Sound ID Safeguards Homes with Always-Listening Tech

“With TrulySecure Sound ID, we’re making it possible for companies to create smart always-listening products that can alert us of things happening within our homes that we may not hear, and safeguard our home and family from potentially dangerous situations.” Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory A new kind of home security solution is the product of…

Xiaozhu Looks to Improve Lodger Experience With Facial Recognition

Xiaozhu Looks to Improve Lodger Experience With Facial Recognition

Xiaozhu, an Airbnb-like service based in China, has announced that it has brought in $300 million in its latest financing round, and will use part of the capital influx to develop smart home technology, which could involve biometrics. The funding round was led by Advantech Capital and Yunfeng Capital, a venture capital firm backed by…

Apple HomePod Upgrade Supports More Languages

Apple HomePod Upgrade Supports More Languages

Apple is hoping to leverage last 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…

Voice Recognition Helps Google Assistant Protect Your Smart Home

Voice Recognition Helps Google Assistant Protect Your Smart Home

“…a key security component of all of this is voice recognition.” Google is highlighting the home security solutions enabled by its virtual assistant and third party hardware in a new blog post. Authored by Google Smart Home Ecosystem Director Michele Turner, the post highlights several new and recent offerings. Arlo Security Lights, for example, can…

Jibo Smart Speaker Recognizes Your Family With Face Biometrics

Jibo Smart Speaker Recognizes Your Family With Face Biometrics

“The table lamp-sized device is equipped with a camera and facial recognition technology allowing it to personally identify the different members of a household…” A Boston-based tech company is aiming to shake up the Alexa- and Google-dominated smart speaker market. Called Jibo, the company’s eponymous offering was launched last October, and has now been upgraded…

BRIEF: What’s Next for iPhone Biometrics?

BRIEF: What’s Next for iPhone Biometrics?

Apple is the key pioneer behind the mobile biometrics revolution, which it launched with the introduction of its Touch ID system in 2013. Now, with rival Samsung establishing itself as another biometrics innovator in its promotion of mobile iris scanning, Apple is facing pressure to reassert itself in this technological field. Yet little is known…

Here’s What The HomePod Trove Has Told Us So Far About iPhone 8 Biometrics

Here’s What The HomePod Trove Has Told Us So Far About iPhone 8 Biometrics

First unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the HomePod represents the next branch in Apple’s product line. It’s aimed at competing with devices like Amazon’s Echo, offering users what is essentially an immobile robot assistant – you can ask it to play music, to dim connected smart lights, even to offer a traffic update…

HomePod Code Suggests Pearl ID and Touch ID Will Work Together on iPhone 8

HomePod Code Suggests Pearl ID and Touch ID Will Work Together on iPhone 8

The HomePod firmware code dump is quickly turning into Apple’s Panama Papers, with respect to leaks pertaining to this year’s new iPhone. To recap: Code for the HomePod, Apple’s forthcoming smart home device, was mistakenly posted online at the end of last month, and developers were quick to trawl it for hints about features in…

iPhone 8’s ‘Pearl ID’ May Allow For Table-top Facial Recognition

iPhone 8’s ‘Pearl ID’ May Allow For Table-top Facial Recognition

Newly discovered code for Apple’s HomePod firmware suggests that the next iPhone could be able to recognize your face even if it’s lying on a nearby table. It’s another finding from what’s turning into a trove of information – albeit largely unconfirmed info – from code meant for developers working with Apple’s forthcoming smart home…

Is ‘Pearl ID’ iPhone Facial Recognition?

Is ‘Pearl ID’ iPhone Facial Recognition?

Another dive into Apple’s HomePod code has turned up a new pearl: Apple appears to be bringing facial recognition to Apple Pay. The new findings come immediately after the revelation that lines of code for the firmware of HomePod, Apple’s forthcoming smart home hub device, appear to refer to an infrared facial recognition capability in…

HomePod Code References iPhone Face Detection

HomePod Code References iPhone Face Detection

Lines of code for the firmware of Apple’s forthcoming smart home device, the HomePod, appear to offer further evidence that Apple is planning to incorporate infrared facial recognition into this year’s new iPhone. Revealed in a tweet by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the code features references to ‘face detection’ and ‘infrared capture’ with respect to a…

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