voice recognition

  • AssemblyAI wants to put customized speech recognition within reach of any developer

    AssemblyAI wants to put customized speech recognition within reach of any developer

    It’s clear that voice is becoming a major interface, as we witness the rise of the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Siri, Cortana and their ilk. We’re also seeing an increasing use of chat bots and other voice-driven tools, which often require speech recognition with a very specific vocabulary. That’s where AssemblyAI, a member of the Summer ’17 Y Combinator class comes in. Read More

  • Josh.ai raises $11 million for a premium home automation system with a smarter AI

    Josh.ai raises $11 million for a premium home automation system with a smarter AI

    One of the promises of voice-based computing is the ability to make home automation simpler – something that major tech companies, including Amazon, Apple and Google, are now tackling with their own voice assistants and smart speakers. But their solutions are still somewhat clunky, both in terms of the software interface for configuring your smart home and the voice commands you use to… Read More

  • Voiceitt lets people with speech impairments use voice-controlled technology

    Voiceitt lets people with speech impairments use voice-controlled technology

    Voice-controlled technology like Amazon Echo, Siri or hands-free features in Google Maps are things we’re starting to take for granted. But as Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report noted, voice controls are changing computer-human interfaces, and industries, broadly. Read More

  • MIT develops a speech recognition chip that uses a fraction of the power of existing technologies

    MIT develops a speech recognition chip that uses a fraction of the power of existing technologies

    MIT announced today that it’s developed a speech recognition chip capable of real world power savings of between 90 and 99 percent over existing technologies. Voice technology has, of course, become nearly ubiquitous in mobile devices, thanks to the exponential growth of smart assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Home – but the new chip could help branch out in much simpler… Read More

  • AI-fueled Synqq app update lets you use your voice to add notes and calendar entries

    AI-fueled Synqq app update lets you use your voice to add notes and calendar entries

    If there is one thing we learned last week at CES, it’s that the power of voice is coming soon to a device near you — even your fridge. Synqq released an update in the iOS App Store this week, that brings voice and artificial intelligence to its calendar and notes app. What’s more, the app works with Apple’s AirPod wireless headphones, introduced last summer, giving… Read More

  • Ears, hands or eyes Crunch Network

    Ears, hands or eyes

    Even before smartwatches, I did not wear a watch. I did not buy an Apple Watch or Pebble, despite the cool factor, even though I always upgrade to the latest iPhone as soon as it comes out. I would also suggest that in order for an innovative new device to take off and become a platform, it actually needs to pioneer a new user interface that utilizes a different one of our limbs or senses. Read More

  • Voice recognition technology is expediting the race to frictionless retail Crunch Network

    Voice recognition technology is expediting the race to frictionless retail

    You’re a sales associate at a big-box retailer and a customer just asked whether the latest iPhone 7 is in stock. You proceed to ask your colleague, Stuart, the same question, and he tells you the product is sold out. But there’s something odd about this scenario: You didn’t move an inch, and Stuart isn’t a person. Stuart is an artificially intelligent assistant that… Read More

  • Clues point Amazon Echo launching in the UK on September 14

    Clues point Amazon Echo launching in the UK on September 14

    Earlier this week, Amazon debuted its Dash buttons in the UK, Germany and Austria for instant product reorders, and now it is gearing up for yet another new launch in Europe — one that could be a biggie: the launch of Echo, its voice-controlled speaker and smart home hub, for the first time outside of the U.S.. Earlier today, Amazon sent out a typically cryptic invite to an event… Read More