The Voices Behind Jibo

Robohub, a non-profit online communication platform that brings together experts in robotics research, start-ups, business, and education from across the globe, recently released a pair of videos with top executives at Jibo to discuss the technology behind the home robot. In these two video interviews, Jibo’s design team, which includes notable speech experts Blade Kotelly and Roberto […]

Microsoft App to Read the News Headlines

News surfaced recently that Microsoft is working on a new app called NewsCast that will be able to provide audio  news summaries. Users of the app, which is reportedly going to be fielded first for mobile devices running on Apple’s iOS platform, will be able to create their own “playlists” for which stories get read by […]

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I’m Talking to My Car Now

Last week I upgraded my ride from a 14-year-old Honda Civic with 90,000 miles to a newer Honda Accord with all the latest bells and whistles. Voice recognition is among them, allowing me to control my phone, but also some in-car systems, such as the radio and the temperature settings, by voice. All I need […]

Cars Become the New Cash Cow for Speech, a Palo Alto, Calif., a startup that provides a developer platform for adding artificial intelligence and natural language speech interfaces to Web and mobile apps and devices, this week closed a $3 million funding round. And while the amount of money involved might not seem significant, where it is coming from could be. The […]

Jibo Continues to Build Support

Jibo Continues to Build Support

Jibo, the talking, emotive, domestic social robot that is still in development, continues to attract attention, this time from Dentsu, which has reportedly just invested $3 million in the project. The company will also provide “support for the development, promotion, and spread of Jibo worldwide,” it said. According to Dentsu, its interest in Jibo stems […]

Amazon Delivers Alexa Voice API

On the heels of a $100 million investment to support developers, manufacturers, and start-ups looking to create unique and innovative experiences designed around the human voice, Amazon has released the Alexa Voice Service (AVS), the same service that powers Amazon Echo, in developer preview. With AVS, customers will be able to speak to Alexa through the microphone on connected devices and Alexa will […]

We Won’t Be Laughing at Google Voicemail Transcriptions Any More

We Won’t Be Laughing at Google Voicemail Transcriptions Any More

Google claims to have cut errors produced by its Google Voice and Project Fi voicemail transcription service by 49 percent, helping the search giant put an end to its notoriously bad—and in some cases humorously unintelligible—voicemail-to-text conversions. Google pulled off this major accomplishment through a process it calls a “long short-term memory deep recurrent neural […]