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Sensory Expands Market for TrulyHandsfree Speech

Intel is just one of the firms to implement the voice trigger and speaker verification technology.
By Leonard Klie - Posted Jan 8, 2015
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Sensory this week released a low-power sound detector that will allow its TrulyHandsfree Voice Control to operate at ultra-low power. This hardware addition is expected to further drive down power consumption and extend the battery life for always-on, always-listening devices that can accept voice inputs for command and control functions.

The low-power sound detector allows the speech recognizer to be suspended while an ultra-low power sound detection is running, listening for what could be speech. It uses a buffer to store audio from the initial detection of sound to the speech recognizer initialization.

Sensory is also gaining customers for its TrulyHandsfree technology, as this week both Intel and DSP Group announced plans to incorporate the voice trigger and speaker verification technology in some of their products.

Intel will deploy Sensory's TrulyHandsfree in its x86 PC processor platforms, while DSP Group partnered with Sensory to create a voice-activated home automation solution that incorporates TrulyHandsfree.

Sensory's technology will allow users of PCs operating on Intel's x86 platform to run command and control functions using predefined or user-defined trigger phrases. The included speaker verification capability opens the possibility of accessing the x86 platform without the need to type a username and password.

"We've been doing a lot with Intel," says Bernard Brafman, vice president of business development at Sensory. Last year, for example, when Intel began working on its own voice-enabled smart headset personal assistant code-named Jarvis, it turned to Sensory for the voice trigger technology.

"It will be a truly hands-free headset," Brafman adds.

The joint DSP-Sensory solution will allow voice activation and voice commands on devices connected via DSP Group’s DHX91 hub.

"We are passionate about enhancing the consumers' experience in interfacing a wide range of products with our TrulyHandsfree technology," said Todd Mozer, Sensory's CEO, in a statement.

Sensory also this week announced a new partnership with Nok Nok Labs to offer TrulySecure, Sensory's voice and facial recognition authentication solution for mobile phones, tablets and PCs, to Nok Nok Labs' customers.

Sensory is also working closely with Nok Nok Labs to achieve compliance with the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance specifications and integration into Nok Nok Labs' S3 Authentication Suite.

"A lot of firms want to do away with PINs and passwords," Brafman points out. "We're working with Nok Nok to get them there."

These latest announcements, all made during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, show just how busy Sensory has been.

"As you can see, Sensory has been quite active on a lot of fronts," Brafman says. "The fruit of our labors is finally coming around. It's really paying off, with a lot of partnerships, licensing, and offerings in leading-edge technologies."

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