voice recognition

  • 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

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

    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 giving Siri as big of a stage, it announced upgrades that show how the company is further building out the service, laying the groundwork for when it will become a more central part of… Read More

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

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

    Last year, voice technology giant Nuance quietly acquired VirtuOz, a developer of virtual assistants for online sales, marketing and support — a “Siri for the enterprise” that counted with the likes of PayPal and AT&T as customers. Now, Alexandre Lebrun, the founder and CEO of VirtuOz, has taken a dive back into the startup world to launch Wit.ai, a platform and API that… Read More

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

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

    Robin Labs — maker of the eponynous personal assistant app — has been in the news of late because of a leaked video that shows a mobile app personal assistant customized to run on Yahoo services. While that app and their association remain the subject of “ongoing conversations,” Robin Labs has come to CES in Las Vegas with other news: it’s raised funding from… Read More

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

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

    Amazon today announced that it is acquiring Ivona Software, a Polish-based specialist in voice technologies that competes with Nuance and is already used in the Kindle Fire for services covering text-to-speech, voice commands and “Explore by Touch.” The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read More