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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 […]

CereProc Recreates KFC’s Col. Sanders

KFC’s iconic Col. Sanders is now cheerfully greeting customers and taking orders at KFC drive-thrus. KFC earlier this month released the robot ‘chicken expert’ dubbed H.A.R.L.A.N.D. (Human-Assisted Robotic Linguistic Animatronic Networked Device) to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on July 6th. H.A.R.L.A.N.D. was created by advertising firm Widen+Kennedy and features the unmistakable voice of Col. […]

Samsung Delves Deeper into the Speech Market

Samsung Electronics quietly last week acquired Innoetics, a Greek startup offering text-to-speech and speech-to-speech technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not reported. Though it is unclear yet what Samsung plans to do with the technology, most people in the industry expect the electronics maker to roll its capabilities into Bixby, Samsung’s artificial intelligence-based virtual assistant […]

Voice Comes to the Trucking Industry

Voice Comes to the Trucking Industry

For long-haul truck drivers, the road can be a lonely place, and long hours behind the wheel don’t help. But now, thanks to speech technologies, neither of those has to be a problem. FleetUp, a provider of comprehensive electronic logging devices (ELD) and hours of service (HOS) compliance solutions, has launched the  Voice Over HOS […]