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Artificial Solutions Helps Kindred Futures Bring Chatbots to Gambling

Artificial Solutions, the natural language interaction (NLI) specialist that enables users to have a meaningful, humanlike interaction with technology, announced that Kindred Futures, the innovation arm of Kindred Group, launched a chatbot, which leverages Artificial Solutions' powerful AI technology to enable customers to find and place bets faster than ever.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 07 Jun 2018

Amazon Echo Look Now Available to All U.S. Customers

Alexa helps you look your best with Echo Look, an Echo device with a hands-free depth-sensing camera, built-in LED lighting, and computer vision-based background blur to make your outfits pop. Simply say, "Alexa, take a photo" or "Alexa, take a video" to get a share-worthy shot of your look, no smartphone camera or mirror required.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 06 Jun 2018

Xerox Adds New Voice Command Solution to MFP

In an effort to build the most productive, efficient workplace, Xerox will feature Gabi Voice, a voice command solution for its Xerox AltaLink multifunction printers (MFPs).
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 06 Jun 2018

Study Shows Americans Are Skeptical of Voice-Assisted Shopping

RichRelevance, a provider of experience personalization, released the results of its second annual survey on how U.S. consumers search for and find products online. And, while shoppers are interested in innovations such as personalized and image search, voice-assisted shopping is still far from mainstream.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 04 Jun 2018

Alexa Mishap Has Device Owners, Businesses Worried

You've probably already heard that Alexa recorded a family's entire conversation and then emailed it to someone on their contact's list. This is freaking out some customers who, apparently, didn't understand how Alexa works.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 01 Jun 2018

44% of Americans Would Rather Scrub a Toilet Than Call Customer Support

New data released from Helpshift looked at what Americans most dread about the customer support experience, how it could be improved, and which industries have the most room for improvement (spoiler alert: it's telecoms). The survey also asked Americans which AI technologies they like and which they find creepy or annoying.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 31 May 2018

CallMiner Announces Eureka Coach to Provide Contact Center Optimization

CallMiner, a platform provider of speech and customer engagement analytics, announced the latest release of its agent performance management platform, now branded Eureka Coach.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 29 May 2018

Nuance Data Breach Includes 895 Patients in San Francisco Area

According to a press release from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, 895 patients had their information accessed, including "personal data such as name, date of birth, medical record number, patient number, and information dictated by the provider such as patient condition, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, care plan and date of service."
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 24 May 2018

Semantic Machines Acquired by Microsoft

Microsoft has acquired Semantic Machines, a bold move toward bolstering its conversation AI capabilities.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 24 May 2018

New Version of VoCAS Extends the Possibilities for the Evaluation of Voice Control Systems

HEAD acoustics has launched a new version of VoCAS (Voice Control Analysis System), the software for evaluating voice control systems.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 24 May 2018

Sensory Adds Suite of New Biometric Voice Features to TrulySecure Speaker Verification

Sensory, a Silicon Valley-based company focused on improving the user experience and security of consumer electronics through embedded AI technologies, announced the next-generation of its low-resource, noise-robust, TrulySecure Speaker Verification (TSSV) SDK. TSSV 2.0 boasts a variety of new embedded voice biometric authentication features and accuracy improvements.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 24 May 2018

Hoya Text-to-Speech Engines Gets Top Accuracy Marks

ReadSpeaker--a HOYA Speech company--announced that the two Hoya Speech text-to-speech (TTS) engines, rSpeak and Neospeech (which uses Hoya Speech's VoiceText TTS engine), topped the 2018 Voice Information Associates Text-to-Speech Accuracy Testing charts.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 24 May 2018

Novel Effect Raises $3 Million

NovelEffect, a company that many first became aware of through ABC's Shark Tank, has raised $3 million from a variety of investors.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 22 May 2018

Dialpad Acquires TalkIQ

Dialpad, the pure-cloud business communications provider, announced it has acquired TalkIQ, a real-time speech recognition, and artificial intelligence firm.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 22 May 2018

Nuance Buys VoiceBox Technology with Little Fanfare

In a very stealthy move, Nuance purchased VoiceBox Technologies last week.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 22 May 2018

Infobip Helps Consumers Pay Their Bills With Prompt Voice Technology

Infobip, global communications platform for businesses, is leading the way in helping consumers pay their bills on time with the support of voice messaging alerts.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 22 May 2018

VoiceBase Partners With University of Sheffield to Launch Centre for Speech & Language Technology

VoiceBase , a provider of AI-powered speech analytics announced a partnership with the University of Sheffield, to develop the next generation of speech and language technology.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 17 May 2018

[24]7.ai Introduces Virtual Agent

24]7.ai, a provider of intent-driven customer experience solutions, released new features to its core product line and AI-powered Virtual Agent, [24]7 AIVA.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 15 May 2018

Echo Dot for Kids Raises Concerns for Lawmakers

Amazon started shipping its Echo Dot for kids last week, and it's already raised concerns for two lawmakers.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 15 May 2018

Google Duplex Mimics Human Conversation, Raises Concerns

Duplex, which can use speech disfluencies like "um" and "ah" to sound more human—perhaps too human—can also make phone calls and appointments.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 15 May 2018

CareCloud Connects with SayIt Medical Speech Recognition Technology from nVoq

As medical practices seek ways to reduce time spent on low-value administrative tasks, CareCloud has added a new option for powerful speech recognition technology that reduces click-based tasks in EHRs and makes clinical documentation smarter and more personal.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 11 May 2018

Microsoft Speech Devices SDK Addresses Noisy Environments

Earlier this week, at its annual BUILD conference, Microsoft announced plans to launch Speech Devices, a somewhat confusing name, for a software development kit (SDK) for audio processing across multiple channels.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 10 May 2018

Progress Enables Developers to Add Chatbots to Apps Using Telerik and Kendo UI

Progress, a provider of application development and deployment technologies, announced the addition of conversational UI components for Telerik and Kendo UI, a packaged set of user interface (UI) components built specifically for chatbots.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 10 May 2018

Notable Introduces Wearable Voice-Powered Assistant for Physicians

Notable, an emerging provider of voice-powered healthcare solutions, launched at HLTH to deliver the first wearable voice-powered smart assistant for physicians
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 10 May 2018

Toronto Technology Firm Launches Next-Generation AI Chatbot, Rufus

Atomic X, an experiential artificial intelligence (AI) firm and consulting business, announced its emergence into the global AI marketplace with the launch of its flagship product, Rufus, a bot that introduces complex chatbot automation combined with a traditional live-chat system.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 08 May 2018

Yobe Raises $1.8M in Seed Funding to Deploy Intelligent Voice Biometrics Technology

Yobe Inc, an industry pioneer in artificial intelligence-powered signal processing solutions, announced that it has secured $1.8M in seed funding from Clique Capital Partners, a $100M fund for investing in transformative voice technologies.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 08 May 2018

Cortana and Alexa Are Making Friends

Reports from Microsoft's BUILD Conference say that Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella announced a partnership between the company and Amazon. Nadella says the two companies will integrate their voice-activated technology.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 08 May 2018

Speech Processing Solutions Signs ORdigiNAL to Increase Channel Distribution in UK & Ireland

Speech Processing Solutions announced a new partnership with ORdigiNAL, a European distributor of speech recognition, dictation, document creation, and telephony products. ORdigiNAL will act as specialist distributor in the UK and Ireland for Philips' professional dictation hardware, software, and cloud services.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 03 May 2018

Vonage Launches Chatbot Integration for Workplace by Facebook

Vonage, a business cloud communications provider, has announced the launch of its newest chatbot, Vee for Workplace by Facebook. Vonage has partnered with Facebook to provide Workplace users with virtual assistant capabilities to create and manage AI-enabled conferencing.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 03 May 2018