Wasn’t Speech Supposed to Fix That?

I thought the whole purpose of providing speech technologies as part of in-vehicle systems was supposed to increase safety. But the technology, while a few years old already, hasn’t done much to increase driver safety, it would seem. In fact, as the technology gets more sophisticated, it’s having the opposite effect. Or at least that […]

Sonos Supports All Major Voice Apps, And So Do I.

Sonos Supports All Major Voice Apps, And So Do I.

Sonos today previewed the Sonos One, a voice-controlled smart speaker that supports multiple voice services in addition to playing music, podcasts, audiobooks, and other content from more than 80 streaming services. The first of the voice services to be supported is Amazon’s Alexa. Sonos users in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany can […]

Who Knew Talking Back Is a Good Thing?

COMVO, a new smartphone app developed by BPM Marketing, is here to change how people communicate on social media. Forget typing: COMVO combines texting with voice recording, allowing users to leave comments, send voicemails, and post status updates using only their voices and the push of a button. Talk Back All You Want With COMVO […]

iHome AVS16 combines the benefits of voice-activated Alexa with an information-rich LCD display and an alarm clock form factor. (PRNewsfoto/iHome)

Can Alexa Wake ME Up?

I have a hard enough time sleeping–and getting up, but Amazon’s Alexa might be able to help. iHome, a provider of speakers, portable devices, and smart home control solutions, has introduced the iAVS16, a bedside music system that integrates Amazon’s voice-enabled assistant, Alexa, into the traditional alarm clock. iHome is the first major brand to […]

Speech Can Be Found in the Most Interesting Places

Speech Can Be Found in the Most Interesting Places

Monster Products, a provider of personal audio technologies, and Speak Music, providers of a voice and artificial intelligence-driven personal music platform, have collaborated on a line of voice-powered premium headphones through which consumers can dictate what music to play and ask for particular songs, artists, genres, or playlists. They can also tell the headphones to […]

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Adds Voice to Business Functions

Dallas-based Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has begun rolling out iOLAP’s Enterprise Voice Platform to carry out daily business functions at its more than 600 store locations in 44 states. The software, which is powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice platform, lets Dickey’s owners/operators retrieve store information via voice commands. They can ask Alexa for their daily sales metrics, key performance indicator […]

Baidu Adds Voice Translation to its Input Mobile App

Chinese internet giant Baidu recently added a voice- and text-based translation function supporting 28 languages, not to mention simultaneous translation of Chinese, English, and Japanese to its Input product. In a short amount of time, the mobile app has amassed more than 1.6 billion daily active users. Users evaluated and tested the translation function of […]