Sesame Street Turns a Corner on SpeechTechnology

Sesame Street Turns a Corner on SpeechTechnology

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the popular preschool-aged children’s television programming on Sesame Street, has partnered with ToyTalk to explore teaching preschool literacy with conversational speech technology. The two firms have signed a two-year deal that expands on a previous collaboration around mobile apps that can decode and respond to children’s speech patterns. ToyTalk expects […]

OK Ubi, I’m Home

OK Ubi, I’m Home

Toronto-based startup Unified Computer Intelligence last week launched Ubi, a new smart home device that lets users speak voice commands to do things like turn up the heat or open the blinds. The Ubi, which uses the latest in voice recognition, speech triggering, natural language understanding, and speech synthesis, is meant as an easy way […]

It Really Said That?

It Really Said That?

I’ve been very impressed for a long time with the automated outbound prescription refill reminders I get from my local CVS Pharmacy. Not only does the application get my name right when calling (which is not something I can say about all speech applications I’ve encountered) but it has proven quite adept at pronouncing the […]

New App Helps the Deaf Have Phone Conversations

New App Helps the Deaf Have Phone Conversations

French startup RogerVoice has created an Android smartphone app that it says will enable the more than 70 million people around the world who are deaf to hold two-way phone conversations in real time. The application uses speech recognition technology that automatically translates the phone conversation to text in real time. The entire conversion, from start to finish, […]

New Voice Blogging Tool Emerges

New Voice Blogging Tool Emerges

MemeSpeak has launched a cool new social networking tool that allows users to create and substitute talking head animations for textual blogging, in many languages, on any social network or blog. The Web application supports multiple language text inputs and natural language audio outputs in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Vietnamese, Russian, […]

Microsoft Azure Media Indexer Brings Speech Rec to the Consumer Side

Microsoft Azure Media Indexer Brings Speech Rec to the Consumer Side

Microsoft is betting that the explosive growth of Internet videos will continue to climb and has unveiled Azure Media Indexer for consumer use.  Instead of continually having to stop and rewind audio and video material to find content, the Indexer does the heavy lifting by using speech recognition. “We provide the ability for customers to […]

McDonald’s Turns to Google Speech Rec for Its Birthday

McDonald’s Turns to Google Speech Rec for Its Birthday

I doubt too many people have ever heard Ronald McDonald, the Grimace, Hamburglar, or Mayor McCheese ever speak, which might explain why McDonald’s turned to Google for the speech recognition technology it will use as part of a campaign to celebrate its 40th anniversary in the United Kingdom. The fast food giant’s new ‘Celebrating 40 Years Together’ campaign will allow customers to […]