speech recognition

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…

Biometrics News Roundup: Facial Recognition and Biometric Wearables

Biometrics News Roundup: Facial Recognition and Biometric Wearables

Last week at FindBiometrics we saw a variety of facial recognition stories that illustrated the many complicated facets of the modality in action while fingerprint biometrics made prominent headlines. We saw big picture cybersecurity news too, as biometric wearables and border control rounded out our industry coverage. Here’s a look back on the biggest stories in biometrics…

Speech-Based Input Faster and More Accurate Than Texting: Study

Speech-Based Input Faster and More Accurate Than Texting: Study

A new study from a team of researchers from Stanford, the University of Washington, and Baidu suggests that the transition to speech-based interaction with consumer devices could offer some considerable benefits to users. The study compared text-based entry to dictation in both English and Mandarin Chinese, with the text entered via the Apple iOS’s touchscreen…

News Roundup: Civil ID Versus Organ Trafficking

News Roundup: Civil ID Versus Organ Trafficking

Last week at FindBiometrics we reported on the latest iris and fingerprint biometrics news coming out of the mobile sphere while civil ID and healthcare had us talking about the vertical markets. Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management: Iris Recognition Samsung clarified details about the iris scanner…

Start Your Hyundai Genesis’ Engine With Remote Voice Command

Start Your Hyundai Genesis’ Engine With Remote Voice Command

“Hyundai’s new skill allows drivers of its Genesis G90 sedan to do things like start the engine or control the car’s air conditioning by voice command.” Hyundai has teamed up with Amazon to let Echo users interact with their cars from the comfort of their living rooms. Echo is, of course, Amazon’s smart home hub…

Google Working with a Range of Accents to Improve Speech Recognition Tech

Google Working with a Range of Accents to Improve Speech Recognition Tech

Google’s efforts to enhance its speech recognition technology’s ability to understand regional accents could be much more expansive than originally thought, according to a new report from The Verge. Earlier this month, reports emerged of Google soliciting Scots to record short audio samples, presumably to help its technology come to grips with the Scottish accent.…

Upgraded Nuance Dragon Software Offers Greater Accuracy

Upgraded Nuance Dragon Software Offers Greater Accuracy

Nuance Communications has announced new versions of its Dragon line of speech recognition software. The company says the latest versions of its Dragon Professional Individual software, version 15 for PC and version 6 for Mac, offer up to 24 percent more accurate speech recognition, allowing professionals to save even more time with voice dictation. Meanwhile, the…

Nuance AI Assistant Answers Australians’ IP Questions

Nuance AI Assistant Answers Australians’ IP Questions

IP Australia, the country’s intellectual property agency, has launched a virtual assistant to help customers calling in with questions. Called ‘Alex’, the virtual entity is based on Nuance Communications’ virtual assistant platform, called ‘Nina’. Alex is designed to answer callers’ questions about trade mark registration and related issues, and to evolve its knowledge base as…

Speech Recognition Tech Adds Punctuation to Dictated Health Records

Speech Recognition Tech Adds Punctuation to Dictated Health Records

Milwaukee-based InfraWare has won a new patent for its speech recognition technology. The patent is entitled “System And Method For Analyzing Verbal Records of Dictation Using Extracted Verbal Features”. Essentially, the patent covers technology that attempts to identify the grammatical structure of recorded speech, and to insert punctuation in the appropriate places. As InfraWare CEO Nicholas…

Google Solicits Scots for Better Speech Recognition

Google Solicits Scots for Better Speech Recognition

Google is trying to better understand Scottish speech. The company recently posted a request for Scots to record a series of phrases that it will use to improve its speech recognition technology. Google says the work will take about three hours to complete, and it will pay for the work—£27 for adult participants and £30 for…

Swisscom Emphasizes Security of Voice Recognition

Swisscom Emphasizes Security of Voice Recognition

One of Switzerland’s biggest telecoms is embracing passive biometric authentication for its customers. Swisscom has announced that starting early this month, customers calling in to the company will be identified by their voices. While voice recognition is increasingly being used as a means of passive identification that can help to improve the customer experience, in…

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