ROOBO and Nuance to Deliver Conversational AI Robots

ROOBO, a Chinese artificial intelligence and robotics firm, will be leveraging the Nuance Mix development platform from Nuance Communications to create conversational and cognitive interfaces for ROOBO robots and devices. 

Additionally, Nuance and ROOBO will be collaborating on future integrations of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to advance conversational interfaces for intelligent Internet-connected devices.  

ROOBO's products include the Domgy and Pudding consumer robots.  These robots integrate Nuance’s voice recognition, natural language understanding, and text-to-speech technologies to provide a fully conversational interface.

ROOBO will initially integrate Nuance Mix as part of its open robotics and AI platforms, providing developers with access to voice recognition, NLU, text–to-speech, wake-up word, voice biometrics, and signal enhancement capabilities.  

Nuance Mix enables ROOBO and its developer ecosystem to create customized language models that provide  domain-specific conversational interfaces. Through deep learning and data-driven AI, Nuance Mix helps robots expand their vocabulary and their breadth of understanding, learning along the way through the application of both speech and contextual data.

"We see incredible opportunity for robots to create deep and personal experiences for people through the application of human language and gesture. Nuance's expansive portfolio of voice and cognitive technologies brings our robots to life with the ability to listen, understand, speak, and deliver outcomes that keep people entertained, informed, productive, and delighted,” said Fangming Yin, co-founder and president of ROOBO, in a statement.

"Nuance and ROOBO have a shared vision for the relationship between people and technology: that it will be simple, effortless and driven by the ability to converse and interact organically," said Kenn Harper, vice president of emerging solutions at Nuance Mobile, in a statement. "Mix gives developers like ROOBO the ability to quickly create and scale language models that have the ability to expand over time through data-driven AI and machine learning in more than 10 languages. The result? Robots that talk to us just the way we would to each other."

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