Universal Electronics Offers Smart Home Digital Assistant Platform with Embedded Voice Control and Branded Assistant Experience

Universal Electronics Inc., a provider of universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home, announced that it will be pairing its digital assistant platform for the smart home, codenamed Nevo Butler, with TrulyHandsfree voice command capabilities as well as customer-branded wake words from Sensory, a provider of on-device speech recognition and wake word AI.

Nevo Butler is an end-to-end voice-enabled smart home hub with built-in white label digital assistant that unifies entertainment control and home automation experiences, enabling interoperability across fragmented ecosystems. Powered by QuickSet Cloud, Nevo Butler delivers a versatile monitoring and control assistant solution for the home, capable of addressing a wide range of devices and use cases, ranging from voice control of an existing installed base of devices to innovative new Cloud services. With a customizable digital assistant front-end, enterprise-level integration services and an expanding ecosystem of add-on services, this platform allows service providers and consumer electronics brands to bring voice-enabled services to their customers under their own brand name while remaining in control of the consumer relationship.

Available as kits that address specific channel needs, Nevo Butler can be bundled with a range of certified devices including Ecolink sensors, offering safety and security, energy management and hospitality applications, in addition to voice-enabled universal entertainment control.

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree supports US English, UK English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. The TrulyHandsfree SDK is available for Android, iOS, Linux, QNX and Windows. Sensory provides developer support for cloud service interfaces on Linux, Android, iOS and Windows as well as support for dozens of proprietary DSPs, microcontrollers, smart microphones, and other low-power embedded devices.

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