Japanese Recording Star Is an Avatar

Japanese Recording Star Is an Avatar

Hatsune Miku is one of the top recording artists in Japan right now, and she’s not even human. She is a new kind of animated character called a “vocaloid,” which one fan described as a recorded voice that is stored in a database for songwriters and music producers to use. So far, Hatsune has been […]

New Cooking App Provides Voice Instruction

New Cooking App Provides Voice Instruction

Step-by-step cooking app SideChef has launched an Android version, which will allow millions of Android users worldwide to gain the skills they need to cook with access to more than 1,100 recipes and voice, photo, and video instructions. “There isn’t any other cooking app that offers the same depth of guidance that SideChef does,” said SideChef CEO and founder Kevin Yu, […]

Speech as a Psychology Tool

Researchers at the University of Maryland have found a link between voice patterns and depression, which could open a whole new area for speech analytics and voice analysis. The research uncovered a tendency for voice patterns to change as feelings of depression worsen, noting that when patients’ feelings of depression were at their worst, they tended to speak […]

Sesame Street Turns a Corner on SpeechTechnology

Sesame Street Turns a Corner on SpeechTechnology

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the popular preschool-aged children’s television programming on Sesame Street, has partnered with ToyTalk to explore teaching preschool literacy with conversational speech technology. The two firms have signed a two-year deal that expands on a previous collaboration around mobile apps that can decode and respond to children’s speech patterns. ToyTalk expects […]

OK Ubi, I’m Home

OK Ubi, I’m Home

Toronto-based startup Unified Computer Intelligence last week launched Ubi, a new smart home device that lets users speak voice commands to do things like turn up the heat or open the blinds. The Ubi, which uses the latest in voice recognition, speech triggering, natural language understanding, and speech synthesis, is meant as an easy way […]

It Really Said That?

It Really Said That?

I’ve been very impressed for a long time with the automated outbound prescription refill reminders I get from my local CVS Pharmacy. Not only does the application get my name right when calling (which is not something I can say about all speech applications I’ve encountered) but it has proven quite adept at pronouncing the […]

New App Helps the Deaf Have Phone Conversations

New App Helps the Deaf Have Phone Conversations

French startup RogerVoice has created an Android smartphone app that it says will enable the more than 70 million people around the world who are deaf to hold two-way phone conversations in real time. The application uses speech recognition technology that automatically translates the phone conversation to text in real time. The entire conversion, from start to finish, […]