Len Klie

Amazon Alexa Enters the Robotics Realm

Amazon Alexa Enters the Robotics Realm

As further proof of the ubiquity of Amazon’s Alexa Voice Services, UBTECH Robotics this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas unveiled Lynx, a robot that features the Alexa cloud-based voice interface. Lynx combines UBTECH’s proprietary robotics with the automatic speech recognition, natural language understanding, and search capability of Amazon Alexa. With this, […]

Does Anyone Want to Talk to a Scooter?

Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, consumers get a glimpse of all the latest in technology. Voice interfaces have been an increasingly hot commodity at the show, and this year even a smart scooter from  OjO Electric will incorporate a voice response system with other smart technology. An interactive, non-glare touchscreen […]

Ho! Ho! Hold the Phone.

With Christmas just around the corner, millions of children are anxiously awaiting a visit from Santa Claus. They’ve written their letters to the North Pole, cleaned their rooms, and even tried to be as good as possible the past few weeks to avoid a stocking full of coal (although with the way energy prices have […]

Alexa Is Really Getting Around

Alexa Is Really Getting Around

Amazon’s Alexa voice service is really getting around, and not in the bad way. Through a deal announced earlier this week, Wynn Las Vegas will add Amazon Echo, Amazon’s hands-free voice-controlled speaker, to all 4,748 of its hotel rooms, enabling guests to control all of the smart home features in their rooms with a series […]

Am I Too Old for One of These?

Kids today have all the fun toys. When I was growing up, we had Matchbox cars, Legos, G.I. Joe, and Star Wars action figures. The really creative kids were able to combine the four into one fun-filled day chock full of activity. I would have loved to have had a smart Talking Dino like the one […]

Amazon Now Voice-Enables the Turkey Prep

Amazon Now Voice-Enables the Turkey Prep

With Thanksgiving happening later this week, a lot of first-time bird-preparers will have a lot of questions. And rather than keeping mom on the line for hours at a time to help with the cooking, users of Amazon’s Echo and other smart home devices will have a talking personal assistant right on hand to guide […]

Speech Has Gotten Incredibly Accurate

I’m not sure who provided the speech technology in my car, but I’ve seen firsthand the shortcomings that speech recognition has, especially in noisy environments. Given that complexity, using speech from 10 or 15 feet away in a quiet room sounds impressive, so you can imagine my surprise when I  learned that there is technology that can accurately […]