CereProc Recreates KFC’s Col. Sanders

KFC’s iconic Col. Sanders is now cheerfully greeting customers and taking orders at KFC drive-thrus. KFC earlier this month released the robot ‘chicken expert’ dubbed H.A.R.L.A.N.D. (Human-Assisted Robotic Linguistic Animatronic Networked Device) to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on July 6th. H.A.R.L.A.N.D. was created by advertising firm Widen+Kennedy and features the unmistakable voice of Col. […]

Samsung Delves Deeper into the Speech Market

Samsung Electronics quietly last week acquired Innoetics, a Greek startup offering text-to-speech and speech-to-speech technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not reported. Though it is unclear yet what Samsung plans to do with the technology, most people in the industry expect the electronics maker to roll its capabilities into Bixby, Samsung’s artificial intelligence-based virtual assistant […]

Voice Comes to the Trucking Industry

Voice Comes to the Trucking Industry

For long-haul truck drivers, the road can be a lonely place, and long hours behind the wheel don’t help. But now, thanks to speech technologies, neither of those has to be a problem. FleetUp, a provider of comprehensive electronic logging devices (ELD) and hours of service (HOS) compliance solutions, has launched the  Voice Over HOS […]

Female Voices Preferred for Government Work

As more government agencies leverage artificial intelligence to provide customer service, Accenture Federal Services’ FedPulse wanted to know: Do people have a preference when it comes to the voice of their government digital assistant?  They most certainly did:

TTS Lets Kids Take PAW Patrol on the Go

TTS Lets Kids Take PAW Patrol on the Go

Ematic, an innovator in children’s educational and entertainment tech products, today released the PAW Patrol Portable DVD Player Bundle, a kid-friendly DVD and CD player that features text-to-speech functionality capable of converting written text and button inputs into voice output for use in a variety of ways. The PAW Patrol Portable DVD Player’s built in TTS functionality […]

Nuance and DFKI to Work on Conversational AI for Autonomous Driving

Nuance Communications is expanding its partnership with Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI ), the German research center for artificial intelligence (AI), to further advance cognitive and conversational AI innovation across several joint research initiatives around in-car systems, healthcare systems and omnichannel customer care. Nuance and DFKI have already begun work on conversational and cognitive AI for self-driving […]

Watson powers in-game natural language conversation for Star Trek: Bridge Crew from Ubisoft. (PRNewsfoto/IBM)

IBM and Ubisoft Bring Us Closer to The Star Trek Standard

For years, the speech industry has been held up to “The Star Trek Standard,” a seemingly impossible example of the technology’s true potential. Based on the long-standing sci-fi series, the Star Trek Standard envisions a day when anyone will be able to walk into any room, tell a central computer what he wants, and have […]