Imagine having a Siri-on-steroids device for your home that answers questions, obeys commands and can control other Internet-connected devices and services. At the 2013 International CES show in Las Vegas this week, Ivee Sleek made its debut as the first hands-free voice activated personal assistant. Interactive Voice, Inc, a voice controlled electronics firm, hired IN(D)2 to design and develop the product.
Ivee Sleek is a Wi-Fi enabled voice interactive assistant which is activated by spoken command, and in addition to her other capabilities, can detect light and temperature sensors in ambient surroundings.
Ivee’s voice trigger technology allows users to activate the device from a distance without touching it by using machine learning, natural language understanding, and a server-based knowledge engine. The product is slated for release in May.
“I’ve always dreamed of talking to an artificial intelligence system that could control my home,” said Jonathon Nostrant, CEO and founder of Ivee, in a statement. “We saw the beginnings of voice recognition and personal assistant technology on mobile phones, but they never provided the experience we were looking for.”
Ivee’s other offerings include voice-activated alarm clocks such as Ivee Flex, which understands over 30 simple voice commands, telling users information such as the time, date, and temperature. The product converts speech into digital audio data (similar to a CD or MP3), and uses A2D (Analog-to-Digital) conversion to filter out ambient noise. The alarm clocks can be found at outlets such as Best Buy, Staples and Brookstone.