More Speech Robots Worth Our Attention

More Speech Robots Worth Our Attention

By now, I think it’s safe to say—hopefully without coming off as a racist—that the Japanese love their robots. Toshiba has just introduced a humanoid robot at the information desk of an upscale department store in downtown Tokyo to provide audio guidance to customers. The female-looking robot, named Aiko Chihira, only speaks Japanese, and sadly, […]

Dutch Lottery Bets on Natural Language Interaction

Dutch Lottery Bets on Natural Language Interaction

Artificial Solutions, a virtual assistance (VA) solutions provider, has inked a deal to provide its technology to the Dutch state lottery, Staatsloterij. While a lottery might be an unusual use case for VA, what really separates the agreement from the pack is the company’s VA technology itself. The 14-year old company bases its VA solution on […]

TigerText Introduces Messaging App for the Apple Watch

TigerText Introduces Messaging App for the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will not be available for more than a week yet, but already TigerText has released an app that lets users send and receive messages to the device. TigerText today launched TigerText for the Apple Watch, which lets users  send and receive messages hands-free. Apple Watch owners will be able preview, read, and send secure messages in real time, as […]

New TTS Delivers Real-Time Market Information

Chicago-based NewsHedge has launched a service that delivers real-time pertinent financial market information to trading professionals more quickly and easily using text-to-speech technology. NewsHedge Squawk is a computer application that runs on the user’s desktop browser. It’s a fully automatic market scanner that verbally broadcasts trading activity reports from among more than 8,000 stocks, options, sectors, top commodities, […]

PlayStation4 Will Add Speech Functionality

PlayStation4 Will Add Speech Functionality

The latest update to Sony’s PlayStation 4 gaming console, code-named Yukimura, is going to make gaming more accessible for people with disabilities. Scott McCarthy, director of product panning and software innovation at Sony Computer Entertainment of America, confirmed in a recent blog post on the PlayStation Blog that the PS4 Update 2.50 will add new features catering to people with visual, auditory, or […]

The Hot Smart Homes Market Attracts Another Speech Vendor

In some markets, like North America and Europe, smart homes initiatives are already well under way, with companies like Google’s Nest and Honeywell carving out their own little niches. This market is extremely competitive, with start-ups regularly disrupting more established companies with innovative technology introductions coming at a rapid clip. Well now the Chinese are getting into […]

Drones That Talk Could Soon Hit the Skies

Drones That Talk Could Soon Hit the Skies

Researchers from Australia’s RMIT University have developed a talking drone that can converse with air traffic controllers just like a normal pilot. View the video: http://bit.ly/talkingdrone The drones can communicate using a synthesized voice to respond to information requests and act on clearances issued by air traffic controllers. The drones are equipped with ATVoice Automated Voice […]