Is Amazon on a Quest to Take Over the House?

Before long, it seems, Amazon’s Alexa Voice service will control everything in the house. It will become the one ring (or in this case, device) to rule them all. DTS, a provider of high-definition audio solutions, is the latest company to begin working with Amazon to bring the Alexa service to its ecosystem, incorporating the […]

Device Gives Farmers a Voice in the Field

Device Gives Farmers a Voice in the Field

I live in the Big Apple, so I’m not too in-tune with the daily struggles of farmers in America’s heartland, but apparently small, independent corn and wheat farmers and processors come in as underdogs when it comes to pricing their grain due to their small scale, at least that’s what Kurt Ahrens, founder of grain analysis […]

Kenmore Releases a Voice-Controlled Shopping App

Kenmore Releases a Voice-Controlled Shopping App

Appliance manufacturer Kenmore, a division of Sears Holdings, has launched Alfie, a voice-controlled intelligent shopper that does the research for you to find the right item at the best price, regardless of the retailer. Alfie an shop for anything, from everyday items like paper towels, printer ink, or groceries, to the perfect birthday gift for […]

IVR Technology Group Is on the Rise

IVR Technology Group, a provider of voice and text applications, has completed its acquisition of Atlanta-based DemandVoice, a provider of VoiceXML hosting and platform provider of integrated phone payment solutions. The acquisition of DemandVoice will allow IVR Technology Group to integrate the DemandVoice “Pay It By Phone” and IVR Technology Group’s iPay products for a more feature-rich and […]

Sonos Lets Me Control My Music with Voice

Sonos Lets Me Control My Music with Voice

I first came in contact with Sonos music systems at my dentist’s office. I was very impressed with not just the sound quality but with the consistency. As I went from waiting room to dental hygienist’s chair to the x-ray room to the dentist’s office, the sound was there in each room, and it was […]

Robot Uses Commercial Speech Product to Detect Emotion

Robot Uses Commercial Speech Product to Detect Emotion

Japanese robotics maker MJI has integrated human emotion recognition into its communication robot Tapia. MJI adopted Smartmedical’s Empath, a vocal emotion recognition technology used in various business fields such as mental health, call centers, and entertainment. With Empath, Tapia can understand human emotions, including joy, calm, sorrow, anger, and vigor, through dialogue with users. “The global robotics […]

The Bot Bonanza

Virtual digital assistants (VDAs), which are automated software applications or platforms that assist humans through understanding natural language in written or spoken form, are rapidly gaining traction in consumer and enterprise markets alike, according to new research from Tractica. While smartphone-based consumer VDAs like Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana are currently the best-known offerings, virtual assistant […]