Google Gets an Assistant

Google Gets an Assistant

By now it’s no secret that virtual assistants and bots are all the rage. And while they all seem to be based on machine learning and artificial intelligence, the conversational interface is really what is making these applications so appealing, and why they are so cool. So Google set out on a quest to make […]

KITT.AI Launches a New Speech SDK

KITT.AI Launches a New Speech SDK

Seattle startup KITT.AI, developers of hotword detection, semantic parsing, natural language understanding, and conversational engine technologies, last week launched a software development kit called Snowboy to help developers add voice activation to almost any mobile device for free. Snowboy uses verbal “hotword detection,” the same technology that Amazon and Apple use for products like Alexa and Siri […]

Voice-Controlled Drone to Debut on Kickstarter

Voice-Controlled Drone to Debut on Kickstarter

Chinese firm FLYPRO has launched its XEagle drone on the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Among the many features of the hobbyist drone is voice control, smart watch control, and auto obstacle avoidance. Among the company’s target audience, apparently, is the super-vain. In it’s Kickstarter materials, the company is actively recruiting open air sports hobbyists who it says will […]

Avaya Technology Lets You Remember Mom

Avaya Technology Lets You Remember Mom

With Mother’s Day coming this Sunday, millions of people worldwide will show up at their parents’ doorsteps, flowers in hand, to thank Mom for all she does. Others call home to to wish their mothers all the best. However, for those living overseas, in the military, working during Mother’s Day, or who just can’t make it […]

Speech Robots Take to the Seas

Speech Robots Take to the Seas

The Costa Group, an Italian cruise company, will pilot the voice-enabled “Pepper” robots on board two of its cruise ships this spring with the goal of expanding the rollout to all 25 ships in its fleet later this year. The Pepper robots, which are manufactured by French company Aldebaran and Japan’s Softbank, first launched in […]

With TTS, the President Takes the Night’s Watch Pledge

With TTS, the President Takes the Night’s Watch Pledge

HBO’s smash hit Game of Thrones is set to return this weekend, and no one could be happier about it than me. Luckily, while my favorite TV show was on hiatus between seasons, I had a text-to-speech app called “Talk Obama to Me” to keep me entertained. Engadget even gave me a Game of Thrones […]

Microsoft Seeing AI is its latest assistive technology venture

Microsoft recently introduced Seeing AI, a research project that uses computer vision and natural language processing to help blind and visually impaired people successfully navigate their world. The technology, which can be used through cell phones apps or via smart glasses from Pivothead, can describe the users’ surroundings, read text, answer questions, and even identify […]