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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…

Yandex Launches Voice-Based AI Assistant in Russia

Yandex Launches Voice-Based AI Assistant in Russia

“…developers had a wealth of data upon which to train Alice using Yandex’s ‘SpeechKit’ platform, making it a particularly sophisticated AI assistant.” A Moscow-based IT giant has just launched Russia’s own version of Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. Called Alice, the AI system is designed to respond to a wide range of voice-based queries, from…

Researchers Develop Continuous Authentication For Smart Glasses

Researchers Develop Continuous Authentication For Smart Glasses

Researchers at the College of William and Mary in Virginia have developed a continuous authentication system for smart glasses devices that combines behavioral and voice biometrics. As the IEEE reports, the system, called GlassGuard, analyzes six types of user interactions with their smart glasses devices, mostly revolving around how the swipe their fingers across an…

Voice-Based AI Assistant Platform Signals Hitachi’s Foray into Machine Learning Race

Voice-Based AI Assistant Platform Signals Hitachi’s Foray into Machine Learning Race

Hitachi has jumped into the machine learning and artificial intelligence race with its own voice-based AI assistant platform, dubbed EMIEW3. For now, Hitachi is aiming the solution at customer service applications, seeking to help companies reduce the costs of fielding inquiries. The company has trained EMIEW3 to understand how a single inquiry can be rephrased…

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,…

Biometric Changes In Store For Samsung A-Series Smartphones: Leaks

Biometric Changes In Store For Samsung A-Series Smartphones: Leaks

A leaked image of one of Samsung’s new A-series smartphones is making the rounds, and it seems to point to a full-size screen and a bigger role for Bixby. The features are being inferred from a couple of small hints in the image, which shows the upper rear of the device. Under a camera system…

Digibank Brings Speech-Powered Mobile Banking To Indonesia

Digibank Brings Speech-Powered Mobile Banking To Indonesia

DBS Bank has brought Digibank, its mobile-based banking service, to Indonesia. Digibank debuted in India in April of 2016, and has since made its way to Singapore, and now Indonesia. The platform uses biometric user authentication and a mobile interface based on Kasisto’s AI assistant platform, KAI Banking, which is designed to offer conversational interactivity…

Sensory’s Virtual Bank Teller is Truly Natural, Handsfree and Secure

Sensory’s Virtual Bank Teller is Truly Natural, Handsfree and Secure

Sensory, Inc. has tailored its AI avatar technology to create a virtual bank teller for mobile devices, and will demo the solution at FinovateFall 2017. The solution features all of Sensory’s flagship software solutions. The company’s TrulyHandsfree device activation technology ensures that the system will respond to the user’s voice prompt, while its TrulyNatural speech…

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…

New Barclays App Feature Lets Users Send Money Transfers By Asking Siri

New Barclays App Feature Lets Users Send Money Transfers By Asking Siri

“…Siri represents a useful technological tool to enhance the bank’s appeal to customers who have iPhones and iPads.” Barclays has become the first bank in the world to let customers make payments by asking Siri, Apple’s voice-controlled AI assistant. The functionality comes via the Barclays Mobile Banking app, which allows users to say commands like,…

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…

Radiology Workflow Platform Integrates Nuance Tech

Radiology Workflow Platform Integrates Nuance Tech

Nuance‘s voice recognition technology has been integrated into a radiology workflow solution called Avreo Cloud VR, part of a larger platform called interWORKS RIS/PACS. The solution offers single sign-on to radiologists. In a statement announcing the integration, Avreo also said the technology allows radiologists to “quickly and reliably create interpretations using cloud-based speech technology”, wherever…

Mozilla Building Voice Library for AI Training

Mozilla Building Voice Library for AI Training

Mozilla is building an online voice library to train AI systems. Called Project Common Voice, the aim is to collect voice samples from people around the world. Mozilla announced it alongside a slew of other initiatives aimed at ‘raising awareness for internet health’, including a live event that will tackle the FCC’s effort to end…

BRIEF: The Ultimate Convenience of Voice and Speech Recognition

BRIEF: The Ultimate Convenience of Voice and Speech Recognition

Consumer-facing speech and voice recognition technology has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, thanks in large part to innovations like Apple’s Siri AI assistant and Amazon’s Alexa platform. Operating primarily in the smartphone and smart home domains, respectively, these solutions have helped to shift consumer attitudes, with end users increasingly coming to appreciate…

Gridsum, Tencent Promote Speech-to-Text System to Legal Officials in China

Gridsum, Tencent Promote Speech-to-Text System to Legal Officials in China

Speech recognition technology could soon play a major role in China’s legal system. China-based analytics and AI specialist Gridsum and internet media company Tencent are now promoting a solution they jointly developed to legal authorities in the country. Called the Intelligent Voice Recognition System, it’s designed to convert natural speech into text, and is aimed…

Sensory Introduces Chatbot Feature to TrulyNatural Speech Engine

Sensory Introduces Chatbot Feature to TrulyNatural Speech Engine

Sensory, Inc. has introduced a chatbot feature to its TrulyNatural embedded speech engine, the company has announced. TrulyNatural is the company’s natural speech recognition platform, designed to let users communicate with devices by speech without being required to use predetermined phrases. Now, the system has been equipped with chatbot support allowing for “dialog management and…

Google’s Speech Recognition Tech Reaches Human Parity

Google’s Speech Recognition Tech Reaches Human Parity

Google has achieved human parity in its speech recognition technology, according to the latest entry in Kleiner Perkins’ annual Internet Trends report, delivered by the firm’s Mary Meeker at last week’s Code Conference in California. Defining an accuracy rate of 95 percent as the ‘Threshold for Human Accuracy’, the report indicates that Google has now…

Sensory’s Biometrics Technology Now Available on ARM Cortex Processors

Sensory’s Biometrics Technology Now Available on ARM Cortex Processors

“Sensory has developed some of the best demonstrations of how AI solutions, such as natural language, computer vision, biometric wake words, and more can be implemented on the edge.” – Laurence Bryant, VP, ARM Sensory Inc.‘s voice-based technology is now available on ARM Cortex-M and Cortex-A processors, the company has announced. Both processor core lines…

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…

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