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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.…

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