CASIO'S GROUNDBREAKING SMART OUTDOOR WATCH NOW AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE (PRNewsFoto/Casio America, Inc.)

Casio Joins the Smartwatch Space

Casio’s WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch will be available for purchase later this week at a retail price of just $500. (I say that with a bit of sarcasm, of course.) The watch, which is powered by Google’s Android Wear, is specifically made for outdoor use, boasting water resistance up to 50 meters and military-standard components […]

Wikipedia to speech-enable its site

Wikipedia to speech-enable its site

Online encyclopedia Wikipedia last week began collaborating with Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology to develop a crowdsourced speech engine that will make its site accessible to people with reading or visual impairments. Others involved in the project include the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, Wikimedia Sweden, and STTS. The first language to be available will be […]

Google to Add Audio and Video to Books

Google to Add Audio and Video to Books

Google has earned a U.S. patent for technology that would enable it to project images and audio on top of printed books to enhance the experience for readers. The technology, which Google is calling an Interactive Book and Storytelling Device,  includes page sensors, touch sensors, and motion sensors to understand readers movements and where they are […]

Calling All Kids: Help Copernicus Develop Speech

Calling All Kids: Help Copernicus Develop Speech

Copernicus Labs, a speech company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada,  is recruiting children, ages 6-12, to help it develop a new kid-friendly speech recognition engine and educational mobile apps that seek to teach children early literacy and English as a Second Language using advanced speech recognition technology and interactive, animated characters. Copernicus Labs will […]

Google Adds Voice to Google Docs

While sitting at my work PC today, I opened a document in Google Docs, and out of nowhere, I get a widget jump onto my screen asking me if I want to use voice to edit the document. Hell yeah, I thought. After all, I’m all about voice technology, and have been now for close […]

Speech Recognition Causes People to Alter Their Accents

New research out of the United Kingdom is finding that users of Apple’s iPhone are changing their accents to increase the likelihood that Siri will recognize their utterances. Users of other speech recognition technologies are doing the same, The Guardian’s Tom Dart reported recently. In the article, Dart points out that many people across the […]

A New Way to Talk to the Candidates

It seems everyone in America wants to get into politics—or at least become president—these days. Well even Imperson, a software firm based in Israel that develops conversational characters for movie studios and TV networks to engage in personal, one-on-one conversations with fans using text, voice or video, has political aspirations, according to an article this weekend in The New […]