Two Speech Technologies on the Rise

In two separate reports released this week, research firm Research and Markets has predicted very robust growth for two speech-related technologies through 2020. They are biometrics, which is forecasted to grow in North America at a compounded annual growth rate of 12.28 percent, and the global mobile Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) market, which is projected […]

BBC to Improve Captioning

Swedish communications technology and services company Ericsson is working with the BBC to improve live captioning for TV programming by reducing the delay between the live audio and the appearance of the transcribed text on the screen. Other partners in this effort include European IT services firm Atos and England’s own Screen Subtitling Systems. Together, the four companies are looking […]

Jibo Releases a Speech SDK

Jibo late last month released a software development kit (SDK) and developer forum for its conversational social robot, which will be able to interact with its environment by recognizing people’s voices and faces, responding to questions, and displaying visual content. The Jibo SDK will enable developers to create Jave-based “skills.” It includes an animation editor, behavior editor, speech editor, and simulator, […]

Google Gets an Assistant

Google Gets an Assistant

By now it’s no secret that virtual assistants and bots are all the rage. And while they all seem to be based on machine learning and artificial intelligence, the conversational interface is really what is making these applications so appealing, and why they are so cool. So Google set out on a quest to make […]

KITT.AI Launches a New Speech SDK

KITT.AI Launches a New Speech SDK

Seattle startup KITT.AI, developers of hotword detection, semantic parsing, natural language understanding, and conversational engine technologies, last week launched a software development kit called Snowboy to help developers add voice activation to almost any mobile device for free. Snowboy uses verbal “hotword detection,” the same technology that Amazon and Apple use for products like Alexa and Siri […]

Voice-Controlled Drone to Debut on Kickstarter

Voice-Controlled Drone to Debut on Kickstarter

Chinese firm FLYPRO has launched its XEagle drone on the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Among the many features of the hobbyist drone is voice control, smart watch control, and auto obstacle avoidance. Among the company’s target audience, apparently, is the super-vain. In it’s Kickstarter materials, the company is actively recruiting open air sports hobbyists who it says will […]

Avaya Technology Lets You Remember Mom

Avaya Technology Lets You Remember Mom

With Mother’s Day coming this Sunday, millions of people worldwide will show up at their parents’ doorsteps, flowers in hand, to thank Mom for all she does. Others call home to to wish their mothers all the best. However, for those living overseas, in the military, working during Mother’s Day, or who just can’t make it […]