Speech Technology Magazine

 

Category: Speech Recognition

The State of Artificial Intelligence

Training AI and machine learning leads to big gains and increased adoption
Cover Story, Posted 18 Mar 2019

The State of Voice Biometrics

Voice biometrics is becoming popular with big corporations but is still out of reach for many
Cover Story, Posted 11 Mar 2019

Smart AI English Pronunciation Assistant ELSA Secures $7 Million in Series A Funding

Backed by Gradient Ventures, Google's AI-focused venture fund, the company expands.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 07 Mar 2019

The 2019 State of Speech Engines

Suppliers focus on adding new languages and voice options in order to differentiate their services
Cover Story, Posted 04 Mar 2019

What Consumers Like (or Don't) About Voice Shopping

OnBuy.com research takes look at the habits of voice shoppers. Find out what they're buying, what they like about the experience, and what they want to see in the future.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 27 Feb 2019

Radisys Unveils New Advanced Speech Recognition Support for Enhanced In-Call Speech Services

Radisys' MediaEngine solution says it reduces costs of deploying speech-enabled services by more than 90%; allows CSPs to capitalize on mass-market acceptance of person-to-application interaction via speech.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 26 Feb 2019

Speech Analytics and AI Is a Winning Combination

Service, quality management, and the customer journey will all see big gains
The Business Case, Posted 25 Feb 2019

M*Modal Delivers Conversational Order Entry with Contextual Awareness of the Patient Record

Aligning innovation with market needs, the M*Modal virtual assistant drives ambient physician documentation and next-generation ordering workflows.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 19 Feb 2019

Epson Expands Voice-Activated Printing Support with Google Assistant and Siri

Epson America, Inc., a provider of printing solutions, added voice-activated printing compatibility with Google Assistant and Siri. Epson EcoTank, WorkForce, and Expression printers are now compatible with three popular voice assistant platforms, including Amazon Alexa.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 19 Feb 2019

The 2019 State of Speech Analytics

Cloud-based solutions give speech analytics a boost
Cover Story, Posted 18 Feb 2019

Sensory Acquires Vocalize.ai for Speech Technology Testing Capabilities

Vocalize.ai to remain an independent source for benchmarking speech products and technologies.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 14 Feb 2019

AppTek Announces New U.S. Patent for Automatic Speech Recognition of Keywords

AppTek says innovative technology enables faster, easier, and more accurate real-time listening.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 08 Feb 2019

The 2019 State of Intelligent Virtual Assistants

Accuracy rates rise and quality improves
Cover Story, Posted 04 Feb 2019

Digital Marketing & Voice Search: What Marketers Need To Know

The smart speaker marketplace—think Amazon Echo and Google Home—is growing like gangbusters, and digital marketers who are in the know, are bracing for its impact. The emerging category is evolving rapidly, and could affect the digital marketing landscape in a similar way that mobile devices and smartphones did a decade ago—except maybe faster and more pervasively.
Industry Voices, Posted 23 Jan 2019

Healthcare CX Is Increasingly Fraught, but Speech Tech Provides an Answer

AI-powered bots, armed with natural language understanding, are giving vital help to users navigating healthcare
Interact, Posted 14 Jan 2019

CEVA Introduces WhisPro, Neural Network-Based Speech Recognition Technology For Voice Assistants and IoT Devices

Trigger Phrase SDKit for always-on devices extends CEVA's intelligent sound IP portfolio, offering customers a holistic solution for voice-controlled devices such as smartphones, smart speakers, Bluetooth earbuds, and more.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 08 Jan 2019

Sensory Releases Cloud-Free Voice Control for Bluetooth Speakers

Designed to not invade user privacy or record user conversations, Sensory's VoiceGenie Smart Speaker reference design is a low-cost solution for enabling voice-powered music control on Bluetooth speakers.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 08 Jan 2019

Reaching the Reluctant with Speech Technology

I'm not a Luddite, but I am skeptical about the latest shiny new toy. People like me want tech that works for us.
Editor's Letter, Posted 04 Jan 2019

2 Tools to Help you Get Started with Voice Technology

If you're a content creator of any kind--creating books or audiobooks, podcasts, articles, magazines, videos, you name it--you're eventually going to have to bring that content into the realm of Amazon's Alexa. Here are two tools to help beginners build their skills.
Industry Voices, Posted 02 Jan 2019

Dragon Medical Speech Recognition Microphone Allows Clinicians to Transcribe Anywhere in Privacy

Accurately document patient information without being overheard by others while additionally eliminating all background noise.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 18 Dec 2018

Toys that Talk to Kids

Toymakers are increasingly incorporating speech technology into their dinosaurs, robots, unicorns, and the like
Deployments, Posted 17 Dec 2018

YITU Announces Mandarin Speech Recognition Technology

Chinese Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, YITU Technology, has unveiled a Mandarin speech recognition system, showcasing what it says is unprecedented levels of accuracy achieved by such technology thus far.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 14 Dec 2018

Voice Market for Children Is Ripe for Innovation

Children are exposed to technology at early ages, and voice recognition is emerging as a common way for adults to interact with technology. Yet little work has been done with children's voice recognition systems
FYI, Posted 10 Dec 2018

Join “Ask the Speech Tech Experts”

Join our new Facebook Group, "Ask the Speech Tech Experts" and become a part of the speech technology community.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 04 Dec 2018

Gopal Voice Suite Available in 12 Indian Languages

Reverie introduces a voice suite that integrates with chatbots and IVR solutions in 12 languages.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 29 Nov 2018

CLICKVIEW Partners with Dolbey and Company Inc.

Dolbey and Company Inc. announced that it has partnered with CLICKVIEW, a provider of Digital Radiology Informatics reporting, with Dolbey's cloud-based speech recognition solution, Fusion Narrate powered by nVoq.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 29 Nov 2018

Nuance Announces Automotive Software Unit

Nuance says it will spin-off its automotive business segment into a separate company.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 27 Nov 2018

Is App Development Moving Toward User Interface Management Systems?

App developers' jobs might be getting less complicated, again
Forward Thinking, Posted 26 Nov 2018

Market Spotlight: Toys/Robotics

Robot creators are limited only by their imaginations
FYI, Posted 19 Nov 2018

As ADA Lawsuits Mount, Speech Tech Emerges as Key to Compliance

If you build in the right speech technology tools, you could avoid costly litigation and bad publicity
FYI, Posted 12 Nov 2018

Aculab Collaborates with the University of York for Language and Linguistic Science Project

Applicants sought for 2019 WRoCAH AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentships.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 08 Nov 2018

Speech Recognition Helps Preserve Seneca Language

Deep learning and speech recognition help preserve rare languages.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 23 Oct 2018

Study Finds Nuance Dominates Radiology Speech Recognition Market

Research suggests Nuance dominates the speech recognition market among Radiologists.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 23 Oct 2018

Why Are Conversational Interfaces So Difficult to Build? (Video)

Artificial Solutions CEO Andy Peart discusses the complexities of building conversational interfaces that effectively map language in this clip from SpeechTEK 2018.
Industry Voices, Posted 12 Oct 2018

When Will Conversational AI Go Mainstream? (Video)

Artificial Solutions CEO Andy Peart plots out a roadmap for mainstream enterprise-level adoption of conversational AI in this clip from SpeechTEK 2018.
Industry View, Posted 05 Oct 2018

Amazon Alexa Fund Invests in Prefab Home Builder

Alexa Fund added as new investor, marking Amazon's first investment in a home prefabrication/construction company.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 02 Oct 2018

Sensory Makes Wake Words Smarter with New High-Res Voice Recognition and Authentication

Sensory, a provider of wake words for personal assistants, raises the performance bar for always-listening wake word and speech recognition, with an upgraded turn-key voice interface solutions for devices of all shapes, sizes, and power requirements.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 27 Sep 2018

Data Privacy Concerns Should Govern Speech Technology Industry

Security and privacy issues around voice assistants are sexy, but these concerns manifest themselves far more often in more mundane ways.
Editor's Letter, Posted 24 Sep 2018

Amazon Announces Alexa's New Features

Alexa now knows how to do millions of things, including new capabilities across Routines, Music, Smart Home, Home Monitoring, Alexa Calling, Amazon FreeTime on Alexa, and more.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 21 Sep 2018

The Case for Active Listening in Speech Recognition (Video)

SpeakEasy AI CEO Frank Schneider explains how AI and active listening improve ASR accuracy in this clip from SpeechTEK 2018.
Industry Voices, Posted 21 Sep 2018

Amazon Announces New Echo Devices

Amazon introduced a new line-up of Echo devices, Echo companion devices, and Amazon smart home devices, making it easier to bring the features and convenience of Alexa to any room and now, to the car.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 20 Sep 2018

AudioTelligence Raises £3.1 Million

Cambridge Innovation Capital leads £3.1 million funding round.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 18 Sep 2018

Top Trends in Speech Technology for 2018

At a time when the pace of change in speech technology evolution and adoption seems to be on hyperdrive, a few key trends are pointing where the industry will move in the coming months.
Feature, Posted 17 Sep 2018

2018 SPEECH LUMINARY: ILANA SHALOWITZ

We present the thinkers and innovators who are creating new tools and approaches for speech technology—and fostering the next generation of talent. In this installment, we talk to Ilana Shalowitz from Wolters Kluwer Health.
Feature, Posted 05 Sep 2018

Synaptics AudioSmart Far-Field Voice Technology Featured in TCL’s New Line of Alexa Built-In Televisions

Synaptics Incorporated, a developer of human interface solutions, announced its AudioSmart far-field voice (FFV) technology has been designed into Alexa built-in televisions from TCL Corporation.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 04 Sep 2018

2018 SPEECH LUMINARY: DANIEL POVEY

We present the thinkers and innovators who are creating new tools and approaches for speech technology—and fostering the next generation of talent. In this installment, we talk to Daniel Povey from the Center for Language and Speech processing at Johns Hopkins University.
Feature, Posted 20 Aug 2018

Histopathology Department at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust Expands TalkingPoint Use

TalkingPoint allows a Biomedical Scientist (BMS) to efficiently generate a cut-up report using speech recognition (SR) unassisted by a scribe.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 16 Aug 2018

The Power of Voice in Health Care

The Voice Health Summit explores all the ways speech technology and AI are transforming healthcare.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 09 Aug 2018

Speech Recognition Is Here (Finally). Now the Real Work Begins

Both solution buyers and providers need to stay focused on changing alliances and data security.
Inside Speech, Posted 08 Aug 2018

Istation and Boulder Learning Collaborate on Oral Reading and Listening Program

The program uses advanced speech recognition to assess students.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 07 Aug 2018

AppTek Awarded Strategic U.S. Government Contract for Machine Translation in Support of U.S. Army

Department of the Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Grounds (Belvoir Division) selects AppTek for $1.5M Contract for Machine Foreign Language Translation System (MFLTS).
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 07 Aug 2018

2018 SPEECH LUMINARY: MARIE METEER, PH.D.

We present the thinkers and innovators who are creating new tools and approaches for speech technology—and fostering the next generation of talent.
Feature, Posted 06 Aug 2018

The 2018 Speech Industry Star Performers

These cutting-edge vendors are leading the way in AI, analytics, natural language, smart speakers, and more. 
Feature, Posted 01 Aug 2018

8 Ways Advances in Speech Recognition Will Affect Our Lives

From karaoke assistance to talking robots, here's a roundup of speech industry developments you'll be hearing about soon
Forward Thinking, Posted 30 Jul 2018

Kika Tech Launches Voice Board for Android Devices

Voice Board provides AI-powered smart correction that makes replacing and correcting typos easier.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 26 Jul 2018

Clinc Introduces AI-Powered Drive-Thru and Self-Service Kiosk Ordering Experience for Quick-Service Restaurants

Clinc's conversational AI raises accuracy and speeds up wait times at the window and in-store.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 26 Jul 2018

3 Ways AI is Making Your Office a Better Place to Work

Many workers are worried about losing their jobs to AI, but others are grateful for the many ways new, AI-based technologies are making their offices a better place to work.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 25 Jul 2018

Elsevier Collaborates With M*Modal to Launch Next-Generation Diagnostic Decision Support Workflow

Integrated speech reporting and diagnostic decision support workflow demonstrated at AHRA 2018.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 24 Jul 2018

Speech Translation Helps Multilingual Conferences Express Themselves

New technology means that speech translation is quicker, more accurate, and cheaper than ever—and international conference goers will reap the benefits
In Other Words, Posted 23 Jul 2018

New Globant Report Uncovers the Gap Between Voice Technology Investments and Preparedness in Organizations

Report provides key insights to successfully integrate voice technology in the workplace.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 19 Jul 2018

Speech Tech Systems Need Expanded Capabilities, Training for Improved Customer Service

Seventy-four percent admit they are more loyal to a company if they can talk to a person—versus a machine—when they need assistance, according to a new report from Calabrio.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 18 Jul 2018

Accent Detection AI Promises to Improve Speech Recognition

In Foreign English Accent Adjustment by Learning Phonetic Patterns researchers reveal how their system leveraged dialectical differences in diction and intonation to create new accented samples of words, which it learned to recognize with some accuracy compared to similar systems.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 17 Jul 2018

Video: Rules-Based Chatbot Design, Part 2: Visual Representation and Support

Aspect's Andreas Volmer discusses the value of visually representing conversational flow logic in chatbot design, and explores the advantages of a language-based approach over a statistically based approach in this clip from SpeechTEK 2018.
Industry Voices, Posted 13 Jul 2018

Advanced Voice Recognition Systems, Inc. Files Infringement Complaint Against Apple, Inc.

The '730 Patent is the first of AVRS' family of patents in the field of speech recognition and transcription.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 12 Jul 2018

Speech Technology’s Continually Evolving Confidence Game

Advances in cognitive computing seek to improve on traditional rules-based algorithms and probability models—but the latter still know their stuff
Interact, Posted 09 Jul 2018

Video: Rules-Based Chatbot Design, Part 1: Syntactical and Semantical Analysis

Aspect's Andreas Volmer discusses key components of a rules-based approach to chatbot design based on a robust language model in Part 1 of this two-part series from SpeechTEK 2018.
Industry Voices, Posted 06 Jul 2018

Amazon Introduces Show Mode for Fire Tablets and the New Show Mode Charging Dock

Amazon announced Show Mode: a new, immersive hands-free Alexa experience for Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets that provides full-screen visuals that complement voice responses from Alexa.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 28 Jun 2018

Tact.ai Raises $27 Million Series C

Tact.ai, a conversational AI sales platform, announced the completion of its $27 million Series C fundraiser, bringing the company's total funding to more than $57 million.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 28 Jun 2018

AISpeech Raises a $75M Series D

AISpeech, a China-based artificial intelligence startup, announced a $76 million Series D, boosting its total funding to over $121 million.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 28 Jun 2018

Four Ways Conversational Interfaces Could Simplify Your Life

On the last day of SpeechTEK 2018, I had the pleasure of moderating a Sunrise Session entitled "The Future of Speech-Enabled Applications." The goal of this roundtable was to brainstorm about creative and useful applications that could take conversational interactions to the next level. More than a dozen attendees from a variety of backgrounds held a lively discussion and came up with four innovative ideas, which I have summarized.
Industry Voices, Posted 20 Jun 2018

The Right Standard Makes Developers’ Jobs a Lot Easier

You'll never know whether a standard's a good fit if you don't try it out
Standards, Posted 18 Jun 2018

Mozilla Announces Open Source Common Voice Speech Recognition Datasets

Mozilla has announced an expansion to its crowd-sourced Common Voice project. The Common Voice Project, which is just about a year old, is creating an open source voice-recognition dataset.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 15 Jun 2018

Roxy Teams Up with Sensory to Pair its Speech-Enabled In-Room Concierge System with Branded Wake Words for Hotels

Roxy, the speech-enabled device that provides full customizable in-room concierge services has announced a partnership with Sensory, the leading provider of wake word technology for voice devices.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 14 Jun 2018

Wizergos Wants to Use Advanced Speech Technology to Change the Way you Run Business Meetings

Wizergos, a startup based out of Bangalore, India, is making use of Advanced Speech recognition technology to change the way meetings are run. The software is designed from the ground up with the intention to make conducting and managing meetings easy.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 14 Jun 2018

ViewLift Integrates Alexa Voice Control to its Fire TV Apps

ViewLift, a digital distribution and monetization platform, brings Alexa-based voice-activation to its video applications on Fire TV, by integrating Alexa Video Skill capabilities into its feature set. All of ViewLift's partners now can incorporate Alexa voice controls into their Fire TV applications.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 14 Jun 2018

Are Events the Next Frontier for Chatbots?

Whether fielding routine questions or helping establish an event's tone, chatbots can be a big part of humanizing and improving the event experience
FYI, Posted 11 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

Engaging Younger Audiences with Voice: New Opportunities to Connect with a Younger Demographic

Younger consumers—those 18 to 24 years old—are helping to drive adoption of voice technology, yet a study by PwC shows their use of it remains low. What does this mean for companies in the speech sector, and where can inroads be made?
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 06 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

Memes and Phonemes: “Yanny or Laurel?” Shows Why Accurate Speech Recognition Isn’t Easy

Yanny or Laurel? By now you've surely heard the audio clip that incited a viral debate (if not, check it out). It's a high-profile example of an interesting phenomenon—different people can listen to the same thing, at the same time, and hear completely different things. Understanding why it occurs—and how the speech recognition systems that drive customer engagement solutions like IVRs, mobile apps, and virtual assistants can accommodate those differences—helps ensure that brands are providing a frustration-free customer experience.
Industry Voices, Posted 30 May 2018

Video: 2018's Biggest Speech Technology Trends

In an industry that is changing so rapidly, it's hard to pinpoint the trends that really matter. So we turned to the experts at SpeechTEK 2018, and asked Michael McTear, Allyson Boudousquie, Debra Cancro, and Crispin Reedy what trends caught their eye this year.
Industry Voices, Posted 25 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

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

Bluegreen Vacations: Using Speech Analytics to Improve Customer Experience

When its customer service call volume had unexplained spikes, the resort vendor turned to CallMiner for answers.
Deployments, Posted 21 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

GDPR Implications for Speech Technology

With regard to AI-enabled devices like Siri and Alexa that listen to surrounding conversations, vendors will likely have to gain permission from European consumers to record and store voices, and ensure that downstream applications are GDPR-compliant as well.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 16 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

Market Spotlight: Travel and Hospitality

Transforming the travel experience through voice
FYI, Posted 14 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

Video: Developments in Speech Technology

At SpeechTEK 2018 in Washington D.C., the Speech Technology Magazine team had the chance to talk with a series of experts about what developments they see developing in speech technology over the next year. Michael McTear, Allyson Boudousquie, Debra Cancro, and Crispin Reedy sat down to talk with us about the developments they see coming down the pipe--and what they would like to see improved.
Industry Voices, 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

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

Speech Compliance Branches Out from the Contact Center into the Enterprise

As industry regulations increase in number, corporations look to speech to ensure adherence
Cover Story, Posted 01 May 2018

What’s Next in Speech Technology? I’m Glad You Asked!

To shed light on what's coming, try looking at developer queries.
Forward Thinking, Posted 23 Apr 2018

Digital Assistants Are Heading To Work With You – Are You Ready?

It's infiltrated homes in the form of smart speakers. Now, voice technology is poised to make a big splash in the workplace, as more companies adopt enterprise solutions like Alexa for Business and other speech-enabled tools and conversational interfaces designed to enhance productivity, manage common tasks, and improve communication.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 18 Apr 2018

SpeechTEK 2018: Is the AI Winter Finally Over?

SpeechTEK 2018 is under way, and according to Brian Garr, the "AI Winter" might finally be over, thanks to DNN.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 09 Apr 2018

FHN Drives Transcription Costs Down with M*Modal

Using M*Modal speech recognition, Freeport Health Network sees smoother clinical documentation.
Deployments, Posted 09 Apr 2018

Microsoft Says Talking to XiaoIce is More Like Talking to a Person

Microsoft says its made a chabot capable of communicating more like a real person.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 05 Apr 2018

Q&A: Recent Deep Neural Net (DNN) Advances in Speech

For over 30 years, David Thomson has developed and managed software and algorithm creation for speech recognition, speech synthesis, speech compression, and voice biometrics and managed speech R&D for voice interface systems than have handled over 20 billion calls. He is presenting the SpeechTEK Univeristy course, "Recent Deep Neural Net (DNN) Advances in Speech," at SpeechTEK 2018. He recently joined CaptionCall, a company that builds services for the deaf and hard of hearing. Conference program chair James A. Larson interviewed Thomson in advance of this year's event.
Industry Voices, Posted 04 Apr 2018

NVIDIA’s Venture Capital Arm Announced an Investment in Deepgram

NVIDIA announced "that speech analytics startup Deepgram is the newest member of the GPU Ventures portfolio."
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 03 Apr 2018

Qatar's Commercial Bank Introduces Voice Recognition in its Redesigned Mobile App

Commercial Bank says it has redesigned its Mobile Banking App with significant improvement to the user interface, making banking easier and more convenient for customers.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 03 Apr 2018

Sensory Brings Low-Power Wake Words to Mobile Apps

Sensory announced it has made a breakthrough in running its TrulyHandsfree wake word and speech recognition AI engine directly on Android and iOS smartphone applications at low-power.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 03 Apr 2018

Voice Biometrics: Building Its Business Base as New Uses Emerge

Biometric solutions built on voice recognition technologies are projected to create an incremental opportunity of $4.5 billion between 2017 and 2025. 
Feature, Posted 02 Apr 2018

How to Optimize Your Content for Voice Search

Keeping up with the changing whims of search engines has always been a sisyphean task, but now a new obstacle has been tossed into the always evolving SEO mix: voice search. There is some good news, however, for brands and marketing agencies look to optimize content for voice search. Much of what they need to do to optimize content for voice search is simply to hone in on many of the same rules they have used to achieve SEO success in the past.
Speech Technology News Features, Posted 29 Mar 2018

The Rise Of The Voice-Enabled Associate

Speech technology helps retailers deliver on a connected and productive workforce.
Industry Voices, Posted 23 Mar 2018

IBM Introduces Watson Assistant

According to IBM's Think Blog, IBM introduced Watson Assistant, a smart enterprise assistant that brings together AI, cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT) that it says will help businesses enhance brand loyalty and transform customer experiences, while keeping the business and customer data private and secure.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 22 Mar 2018

Spotify Tests Voice Controls

If you're a regular Spotify user, you may have noticed the music streaming service has been testing a hands-free option that allows users to control the app with their voices.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 20 Mar 2018

Microsoft Introduces Dictation to Office Apps

Microsoft is testing voice dictation for Office.
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 20 Mar 2018

ELSA Raises $3.2 Million

ELSA (English Language Speech Assistant), a mobile app for language learners, says it has raised $3.2m in a Pre-A funding round. The round was led by Monk's Hill Ventures, whose managing partner, Peng T. Ong, will join Elsa's board. 
Speech Technology Digest, Posted 10 Mar 2018

The Game Changer in Gaming: Voice Recognition Technology

Familiarity with voice recognition software has increased exponentially with our use of smartphones (thank you Siri!), voice controls in our cars, and smart home devices like Google Home or the Amazon Echo. S