Is Innovation Being Outsourced to Academia?

Is Innovation Being Outsourced to Academia?

Innovation has been at the center of the speech technology industry for decades, with companies big and small taking software first developed in the 1950s and making it better, faster, more robust, more accurate, and more life-like, and then bringing it to more devices and use cases. The industry giants, though, seem to have hit […]

Making Sense of the IA Market

Making Sense of the IA Market

It would seem that hardly a day goes by without someone–at either the business or academic level–releasing a new personal intelligent assistant. In fact, Transparency Market Research has predicted that the market will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 31.8 percent through  2022, by which time it will reach a value of $5.1 billion, up from […]

Facebook’s M Virtual Assistant Misses Out on Voice

Social giant Facebook has quietly been testing a virtual assistant for its messenger application, called M, which it says will rival Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. M, which surprisingly bears the same name as James Bond’s boss, is built on top of Facebook Messenger, the company’s instant messaging app. It is designed to complete tasks on its […]

For SHERLOCK, Digital Assistance is Elementary

A team of computer scientists at Cardiff University in Wales have created a digital assistant that they have named SHERLOCK, an acronym for Simple Human Experiment Regarding Locally Observed Collective Knowledge. The application, built primarily for smartphones and tablets, will act very much like Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana, which allow users to ask questions […]

Funding Continues to Pour in for Voice-Enabled Home Assistants

Funding Continues to Pour in for Voice-Enabled Home Assistants

Assuming you needed convincing that the market for speech-enabled devices to control various systems around the home was red hot, consider this. Interactive Voice recently launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for production of a new Ivee device. With about a month to go, the company is already more than 90 percent on […]

Ford SYNC Gets Accents

Regional accents often pose problems for speech recognition systems, and the problems are often compounded further when dealing with in-car voice systems because of road, wind, and traffic noise and other conversations among the vehicles’ occupants. Luckily. Ford, working with Nuance Communicaqtions, has endowed its SYNC in-car voice system with understanding for a wide selection of regional accents. SYNC, which allows Ford […]

Pepper’s Personality Makeover

Pepper’s Personality Makeover

The Japanese conversational robot Pepper, which sold 1,000 units in one minute when it debuted in Japan earlier this summer, is likely to hit the U.S. market next year, and when it does, it will see the cute and courteous personality that is so popular in Japan replaced with a much more sarcastic and rough-around-the-edges […]