A Nicer, More Accommodating Comcast?

A Nicer, More Accommodating Comcast?

Comcast isn’t exactly known for its exceptional customer service. Just the opposite, in fact: some very serious gaffes in the past six months or so have put the provider of TV, Internet, and phone services in a negative spotlight more than it would like. I’m not sure if it was an attempt to repair a badly […]

Barbie Will Finally Get a Voice

Barbie Will Finally Get a Voice

After 55 years, Barbie is finally getting a voice of her own. Toy maker Mattel is partnering with San Francisco-based ToyTalk to develop Hello Barbie, an Internet-connected version of the iconic doll that will be able to have two-way conversations with her real-life friends. Hello Barbie will use a speech-recognition and conversational intelligence platform developed […]

Samsung Listens but Doesn’t Sell Viewers Out

Samsung Listens but Doesn’t Sell Viewers Out

If there’s one thing people should realize by now, it’s that not everything you read on the Internet is true, at least according to an Abraham Lincoln. That lesson can be applied to the hysteria generated by an article published this week that purported that Samsung’s smart TVs are not only spying on viewers by […]

The Expanding Definition of Speech Science

The Expanding Definition of Speech Science

Just when it seemed that efforts to improve speech recognition couldn’t get any further away from the actual study of speech, some of the latest work focuses on visual analysis of lip and throat movements to correctly interpret speech. Case in point: Researchers at Mutah University in Jordan have been working on an application that […]

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 […]