Facebook Dabbles Some More in Voice

Facebook Dabbles Some More in Voice

A few weeks ago, Facebook acquired speech recognition company Wit.ai. Apparently, it’s interest in speech technologies didn’t stop there. “Facebook’s mission is to connect everyone and build amazing experiences for the over 1.3 billion people on the platform – technology that understands natural language is a big part of that, and we think we can help,” […]

Videogame Should Provide Hours of Voice-Driven Fun.

Videogame Should Provide Hours of Voice-Driven Fun.

I’m not really a computer game person. I’ve never owned a Playstation or Nintendo videogame system, and still have an original Atari system sitting in a box in the back of my closet somewhere. So for a video game to catch my attention takes a lot. A new voice-powered interactive game hit the market last […]

Tech Brings Liberace Back to Life

Tech Brings Liberace Back to Life

Feeling nostalgic for flambuoyant entertainer Liberace? The pianist and singer might have died in 1987 at the early age of 68, but his legend lives on. Now, thanks to Hologram USA, fans worldwide will soon be able to once again revel in Liberace’s rendition of “Mack the Knife” and other hits as part of a […]

There’s Still Money to Be Made in Speech

There’s Still Money to Be Made in Speech

Ivee, an artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, speech-enabled alarm clock and home automation control platform, has raised more than $165,000 since starting a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign Dec. 1. It surpassed its Kickstarter campaign goal by nearly $120,000, with 901 backers. To add to its profitability, the company has reportedly already brought in $1.3 million in sales and boasts a user […]

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 […]