Sensory Unveils VoiceHub for Wake Word and Voice UI Model Development

Sensory today introduced VoiceHub, an online portal that enables developers to create wake word models and voice control command sets for prototyping and proof-of-concept.

VoiceHub users can select languages and model sizes through drop-down menus. VoiceHub outputs the wake word and voice command set models, compatible with a companion Android application for prototyping or as code for specific target digital signal processors for more advanced proof-of-concept testing. Developers can create wake word models, either custom branded or based on today's most popular voice assistant platforms and command set models, targeting a desired memory footprint.

VoiceHub can be used for a range of applications, from ultra-low power, resource-limited wearables to high-power, high-performance appliances on the edge. It is based on Sensory'sTrulyHandsfree technology.

"Sensory applied decades of experience and lessons learned with shallow net technologies to create its highly accurate machine learning models, which are trained with a mix of real and probabilistically derived synthetic data," said Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory, in a statement. "VoiceHub benefits from all of this work and removes any friction related to developing voice UIs for testing purposes. Furthermore, our VoiceHub models set the bar very high for accuracy and overall performance. We are excited to share these tools and capabilities with the speech tech community and beyond and believe VoiceHub will serve as a catalyst for rapidly accelerated innovation of new voice-enabled experiences."

"Many of the brands building on Audio Weaver have been using Sensory's TrulyHandsFree technology to power voice UI for years, so we anticipate a lot of interest in VoiceHub," said Chin Beckmann, CEO of DSP Concepts, in a statement. "Adding VoiceHub to Audio Weaver gives brands the ability to integrate custom voice commands more efficiently than ever, instantly bringing the full vision of their branded customer experience to life at the prototype phase through to deployment. Voice UI and voice assistants are only beginning their takeover of all the devices that surround us, and, with this integration, Audio Weaver and Sensory will be at the center of it all."

"Sensory's new VoiceHub significantly lowers the threshold for developers at brands and businesses to customize wake words," said Dan Miller, lead analyst at Opus Research, in the statement. "These audio cues are becoming key to their customer retention and branding strategies."

"Voice control is now established as an essential feature across consumer electronics, with the installed base of built-in virtual assistants expected to rise 12 percent year over year to reach 3.8 billion devices by the end of 2020," said Simon Forrest, principal technology analyst at Futuresource Consulting, in a statement. "The audio processing elements of virtual assistants are maturing, and development focus is now upon enhancing language models to follow a pathway towards conversational assistants. With edge-AI performance increasing to allow language models to run locally, alongside emerging trends toward integrating domain-specific assistants, the market for built-in voice remains robust and is predicted to double over the next five years. VoiceHub intersects neatly with these trends, enabling the expansion of virtual assistants across languages and domains."

VoiceHub users can expect a steady stream of updates and new features, including support for more languages, expanded DSP platform support, and the ability to quickly develop large vocabulary natural language models.

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