Len Klie

Watson powers in-game natural language conversation for Star Trek: Bridge Crew from Ubisoft. (PRNewsfoto/IBM)

IBM and Ubisoft Bring Us Closer to The Star Trek Standard

For years, the speech industry has been held up to “The Star Trek Standard,” a seemingly impossible example of the technology’s true potential. Based on the long-standing sci-fi series, the Star Trek Standard envisions a day when anyone will be able to walk into any room, tell a central computer what he wants, and have […]

Voice Biometrics Gets an Added Layer

A team of computer scientists at Hong Kong Baptist University have put a new spin on common speech-based biometric authentication methods by developing technologies that can identify individuals through their lip movements. The effort, led by Prof. Cheun Yiu-ming, involves matching the lip movements associated with saying specific passwords to other visual lip characteristics, including […]

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Hold On! My Watch Is Talking

There’s a new watch accessory in town with plenty of cool speech technologies. The HBand is a voice-enabled strap that turns a watch into a phone answering device. HBand replaces  current watch straps with built-in Bluetooth audio for Apple and other 22-24mm watches. The patented technology allows users to answer phone calls by raising their hands […]

Type a Script, TTS Makes a Movie

Through a new service called Autograf, anyone can now create their own short, animated films. The service was launched recently by French TV channel Arte and features narration from Acapela Group’s French text-to-speech voices. To create the movie, users provide the plot in a a maximum of 400 characters, and Acapela voices linked to quirky, amusing animation will do the […]

SpeechTEK 2017: A Track for Every Interest

This year’s program features compelling presentations, thought-provoking panel discussions, informative case studies, and interesting workshops that discuss and show the latest voice and dialogue technologies, techniques, and approaches to solve business problems. Each cluster of sessions in the program concentrates on new technologies, methodologies, and best practices. We’ve got something for everyone! Tracks this year […]

Smartphones Will Be More Literate Than 32 Million Americans in 10 Years

Despite efforts to improve human literacy, 758 million adults worldwide and 32 million Americans are illiterate, while technological advances will soon enable more than 2 billion smartphones to read and write, according to a new report from Project Literacy. At the current rate of technological progress, devices and machines powered by artificial intelligence and voice recognition […]

INRIX OpenCar Expands Voice Options

INRIX has added 20 popular worldwide content providers to its OpenCar platform, with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service providing the interface. Newly formed agreements with Amazon Alexa, Audiobooks.com, Bookatable, Dash Radio, Dar.fm, Glympse, INRIX Traffic, Napster, Nest, NPR, ParkMe, Parkmobile, PayByPhone, Philips Hue, Rivet Radio, Slacker Radio, Stitcher, Wcities and Yelp will allow INRIX to deliver auto-grade […]