Ford SYNC Gets Accents

Regional accents often pose problems for speech recognition systems, and the problems are often compounded further when dealing with in-car voice systems because of road, wind, and traffic noise and other conversations among the vehicles’ occupants. Luckily. Ford, working with Nuance Communicaqtions, has endowed its SYNC in-car voice system with understanding for a wide selection of regional accents. SYNC, which allows Ford […]

Pepper’s Personality Makeover

Pepper’s Personality Makeover

The Japanese conversational robot Pepper, which sold 1,000 units in one minute when it debuted in Japan earlier this summer, is likely to hit the U.S. market next year, and when it does, it will see the cute and courteous personality that is so popular in Japan replaced with a much more sarcastic and rough-around-the-edges […]

The Voices Behind Jibo

Robohub, a non-profit online communication platform that brings together experts in robotics research, start-ups, business, and education from across the globe, recently released a pair of videos with top executives at Jibo to discuss the technology behind the home robot. In these two video interviews, Jibo’s design team, which includes notable speech experts Blade Kotelly and Roberto […]

Microsoft App to Read the News Headlines

News surfaced recently that Microsoft is working on a new app called NewsCast that will be able to provide audio  news summaries. Users of the app, which is reportedly going to be fielded first for mobile devices running on Apple’s iOS platform, will be able to create their own “playlists” for which stories get read by […]

2013 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe.

I’m Talking to My Car Now

Last week I upgraded my ride from a 14-year-old Honda Civic with 90,000 miles to a newer Honda Accord with all the latest bells and whistles. Voice recognition is among them, allowing me to control my phone, but also some in-car systems, such as the radio and the temperature settings, by voice. All I need […]

Cars Become the New Cash Cow for Speech, a Palo Alto, Calif., a startup that provides a developer platform for adding artificial intelligence and natural language speech interfaces to Web and mobile apps and devices, this week closed a $3 million funding round. And while the amount of money involved might not seem significant, where it is coming from could be. The […]

Jibo Continues to Build Support

Jibo Continues to Build Support

Jibo, the talking, emotive, domestic social robot that is still in development, continues to attract attention, this time from Dentsu, which has reportedly just invested $3 million in the project. The company will also provide “support for the development, promotion, and spread of Jibo worldwide,” it said. According to Dentsu, its interest in Jibo stems […]