VocalZoom and Cobalt Combine HMC and Speech Recognition

VocalZoom and Cobalt Combine HMC and Speech RecognitionVocalZoom and Cobalt have announced a new partnership aiming to bring advanced voice control solutions to market. The companies plan to combine their technologies, which essentially means integrating together VocalZoom’s Human to Machine Communication (HMC) sensor and Cobalt’s speech recognition system.

The HMC sensor combines microphone input with facial vibrations acquired via an optical sensor, producing what VocalZoom says is “an isolated, near-perfect reference signal” even in situations featuring high noise levels. When used with Cobalt’s speech recognition system, it can reportedly boost the latter’s accuracy by almost 60 percent. Commenting on the collaboration, Cobalt CEO Jeff Adams says they “have achieved more performance improvements working with VocalZoom’s HMC sensor in two months than would typically be seen in two years with conventional approaches.”

The companies say they are aiming their solution at the connected car, access control, and head-mounted display markets—areas in which voice-based interaction could play a major role going forward. And VocalZoom plans to show off its sensor at next week’s Mobile World Congress, via the 4YFN Connecting Startups conference’s Intel Startup Pavilion.

February 16, 2016 – by Alex Perala