speech recognition

Google Aims To Spread Voice-Based AI Via “Artificial Intelligence Yourself” Kit

Google Aims To Spread Voice-Based AI Via “Artificial Intelligence Yourself” Kit

“These efforts are part of a larger one on Google’s part to extend the ecosystem of its artificial intelligence technology amid a general AI boom in which multiple major tech firms – Apple, Samsung, Amazon, and more – are competing.” Google is now actively encouraging tech makers and developers to build products featuring its voice-based…

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree Integrated Into Google Waze App

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree Integrated Into Google Waze App

Google’s Waze driver navigation app now features voice activation functionality thanks to the integration of Sensory Inc. technology. Thanks to Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree system, Waze users can now activate the app by saying “OK Waze,” and can proceed with commands such as, “Find an alternate route,” or, “Drive home.” And of course users can also ask…

Nuance Anticipates Growth in Automotive, Biometric Solutions in Fiscal Update

Nuance Anticipates Growth in Automotive, Biometric Solutions in Fiscal Update

Nuance Communications is seeing strong growth in the medical sector, and is expecting the automotive sector to lead its mobile business going forward, according to the company’s latest corporate update. The update covers the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30th. The quarter saw GAAP revenue of 465.9 million, down from $506.2 million in…

Google and Stanford Researchers Collaborate on Healthcare AI

Google and Stanford Researchers Collaborate on Healthcare AI

Google and Stanford University researchers are working together to develop AI technology that can listen to conversations between doctors and patients and take relevant notes on them. The technology is based on the kind of speech and voice recognition technology already in use in products like the Google Home devices. The system in development with…

Researchers Warn Speaker Recognition Vulnerable to Effective Mimics

Researchers Warn Speaker Recognition Vulnerable to Effective Mimics

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland are warning about the vulnerability of voice recognition systems to effective mimics. Their findings are outlined in a new study published in Elsevier entitled, “Acoustical and perceptual study of voice disguise by age modification in speaker verification”. Essentially, the researchers sought to see if they could fool automated…

INTERVIEW: Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory

INTERVIEW: Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory

Peter O’Neill recently interviewed Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory. The conversation begins with some highlights of Sensory’s exceptional year before diving into the details of a recent major milestone for the company: the integration of its TrulySecure biometric software into LG’s latest flagship smartphones. LG’s move came in anticipation of Apple’s recent Face ID announcement, and…

Arrow Electronics, NXP Semiconductors, and Synaptics Team Up To Spread Voice-Powered AI

Arrow Electronics, NXP Semiconductors, and Synaptics Team Up To Spread Voice-Powered AI

Arrow Electronics, NXP Semiconductors, and Synaptics have announced a new joint solution aimed at helping device makers incorporate Amazon’s Alexa AI assistant into their products. Synaptics and NXP technologies form the foundation of the solution. It’s based on Synaptics’ AudioSmart 2-Mic Dev Kit for Amazon AVS, which features Synaptics’ dual microphone board, voice input processor,…

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…

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