Michele Masterson

The Power of Voice Gives Me Chills

The Power of Voice Gives Me Chills

In the morning you can find me scouring newswires and wading through press releases about the latest and greatest speech products. This technology represents a major breakthrough for the enterprise, that solution provides instantaneous ROI. Reporting about the commercial side of speech technology is my bread and butter, but what truly excites me is when […]

Your Voice Knows Where You Hurt

Your Voice Knows Where You Hurt

You may not realize that your kidneys are not functioning at optimal levels but your voice does. A company called Kinjini says that by analyzing vocal patterns, its technology can zero in on physiological and personality characteristics such as biochemical requirements and genetic make-up. The upcoming release of Kinjini’s app also makes recommendations to remedy conditions, such […]

Kitchie Kitchie Koo, I Hear You

Kitchie Kitchie Koo, I Hear You

When it comes to talking to infants and toddlers, you’re apt to see a mother cooing to her baby, while a father tends to talk in a more adult manner. Which method contributes to better speech development? It turns out, both styles offer benefits. Scientists at the Washington State University Department of Speech and Hearing Services carried out a […]

Do You Sound Right for the Job?

Do You Sound Right for the Job?

Your resume looks impeccable. Surely, human resources will be wowed by your impressive job history, stellar education and your tireless volunteer efforts to find Manhattan residents parking spaces. So far so good—and then your voice print blows any chances you had. For some reason your cute, Minnie Mouse voice isn’t a match for the job. […]

Amazon Echo is Now a Personal Shopper

Amazon Echo is Now a Personal Shopper

Amazon’s personal assistant, Echo, will take your order now. Available to Prime members, Echo can reorder shoppers’ products, advise if they are no long available and speak confirmation codes before completing orders. Echo allows users to make purchases only if they  qualify for Prime. However, if a product doesn’t qualify for Prime or is out […]

Snowden Documents Reveal NSA Use of Speech-to-Text

Snowden Documents Reveal NSA Use of Speech-to-Text

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that someone’s not following you. That saying may ring even more loudly on the heels of an article revealing that the National Security Agency (NSA) uses speech-to-text technology to transcribe phone conversations.  Published this week on the Web site the Intercept, the article’s author, Dan Froomkin, detailed the NSA’s machinations […]

Microsoft Launches Project Oxford, Makes Speech, Language Understanding APIs Available

Microsoft Launches Project Oxford, Makes Speech, Language Understanding APIs Available

Microsoft this week took the wraps off Project Oxford, a set of four application programming interfaces and software development kits to help developers create smart applications. Fueled by Microsoft’s natural data understanding, the APIs are for speech, language understanding, facial recognition, and vision.  Using state-of-the-art algorithms, developers can add not only speech to applications, but […]