speech recognition

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…

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