voice recognition

ELSA raises $3.2M for its A.I.-powered English pronunciation assistant

ELSA, an app whose name stands for “English Language Speech Assistant” (and not the popular Disney character!), has raised $3.2 million for its A.I.-assisted language learning platform tha

Nuance ends development of the Swype keyboard apps

Nuance, the company that acquired veteran swipe-to-type keyboard maker Swype -- all the way back in 2011, shelling out a cool $100M -- has ended development of its Swype+Dragon dictation Android and i

Roxy grabs $2.2 million seed investment to build Alexa-like voice devices customized for business

Some of the biggest names in technology are all in on voice-controlled devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, but Roxy, a Seattle-based startup believes that businesses need a voice system wher

FTC relaxes COPPA rule so kids can issue voice searches and commands

The COPPA rule prevents kids from having their personal information hoovered up and distributed online the way adults often consent to. Verifiable parental consent is required if that information is t

New Affectiva cloud API helps machines understand emotions in human speech

Affectiva, the startup that spun out of the MIT Media Lab several years ago with tools designed to understand facial emotions, announced a new cloud API today that can detect a range of emotion in hum

Hackers send silent commands to speech recognition systems with ultrasound

Security researchers in China have invented a clever way of activating voice recognition systems without speaking a word. By using high frequencies inaudible to humans but which register on electronic

Putting the voice assistant speaker craze in context

If you believe the hype, homes in the US are already lousy with speakers containing embodied AI -- the most high profile being Amazon's Echo, in its various incarnations, whose Alexa voice assistant c

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 a

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

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 co

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, becom

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

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 al

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 p

Voice is chat’s next battleground

Chatbots were meh. Sure, they’ll get better. But the upcoming innovation in chat is about being more human, not less. With the proliferation of adequate speech recognition, AI assistants and wir

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

Siri Grows Up With Shazam, Streaming Recognition And 22+ Languages

Three years ago, the name of the game at Apple's WWDC was the introduction of Siri, the company's voice recognition-based personal assistant integrated into the iPhone 4S. Today, while Apple is not gi

With A Voice Interface API For Any App, Wit.ai Wants To Be The Twilio For Natural Language

Last year, voice technology giant Nuance <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/01/10/in-our-inbox-a-memo-that-says-nuance-has-bought-virtuoz-to-ramp-up-its-enterprise-services/">quietly acquired V

Robin Labs Builds A Rear-View Mirror Personal Assistant For New Strategic Investor Pioneer

<a target="_blank" href="http://robinlabs.com">Robin Labs</a> -- maker of the eponynous personal assistant app -- has been in the news of late because of a leaked video that shows a <a href="https://b

Amazon Gets Into Voice Recognition, Buys Ivona Software To Compete Against Apple’s Siri

Amazon today announced that it is <a target="_blank" href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1777642&highlight=">acquiring</a> <a target="_blank" hre
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