speech recognition

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…

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…

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