Read My Lips: Technology Helps When Audio Isn’t Adequate

Read My Lips: Technology Helps When Audio Isn’t Adequate

Researchers at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, are working on unique lip-reading technology that they say could help investigators solve crimes and provide communication assistance for people with hearing and speech impairments. The visual speech recognition technology, being developed by Dr. Helen Bear and Prof. Richard Harvey of the university’s School of Computing Sciences, can be […]

Google Opens Access to Its Speech API

Google today opened its speech recognition API to third-party developers. The API is free for now but pricing could be introduced at a later date. The Google Cloud Speech API,  which will cover more than 80 languages and variants, enables developers to convert audio to text by applying the same neural network models that power some of […]

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 […]