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 […]

Robot lands receptionist’s job at King’s College

Robot lands receptionist’s job at King’s College

A speech-enabled robot has recently taken over some of the receptionist duties at King’s College in London, but its real job is to provide researchers at the school with information on how humans interact with robots to advance the development of social automatons. Kinba, as the robot has been named, measures about a foot tall […]

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 […]