Vuzix' 2.3.0 software update for its M-Series Smart Glasses, updates the built-in speech command recognition engine to use the latest technology from Vivoka. This update adds the Cantonese dialect, improves speech detection accuracy in certain environments, and better handles accents.
Vuzix smart glasses bring in the offline and multilingual automatic speech recognition (ASR) provided by Vivoka's Voice Development Kit. They are equipped with a graphical interface that facilitates the choice, development, and testing of multiple technologies, from automatic speech processing and wake words, to voice biometrics and text-to-speech.
"At Vivoka, we all imagine a world where voice is the most natural way to interact with our surrounding technologies. With clients such as Vuzix, we are very proud to participate in a revolution that is carried by powerful innovation players. Wearables like Vuzix' famous smart glasses will bring even more thrust in the voice tech mass adoption by companies. Our goal is more than ever to provide developers with state-of-the-art technologies that are easy to adopt and to turn into real inventions," said William Simonin, Vivoka's CEO and co-founder, in a statement.
"The broad language support capability of our products is a distinct competitive advantage for us across many foreign markets, and we are happy to be working with a speech technology leader such as Vivoka to enable this. Moreover, many areas equipped with Vuzix smart glasses are affected by specific environments that make it difficult to have perfect connectivity for cloud solutions, and Vivoka's solutions can run offline, on-device, to operate anywhere, anytime," said Paul Travers, president and CEO of Vuzix, in a statement. "We continue to bring additional functionalities and feature enhancements to our smart glasses, many based on the ongoing customer feedback we receive, as we leverage the power and performance of our robust hardware platform."
Other new or updated features in 2.3.0 include broader Wi-Fi frequency support, improvements to the Wi-Fi roaming behavior for certain enterprise configurations, allowing location data to be received from the companion application on a linked smart phone, and automatic setting of the time zone upon network connection.
Separately, Vuzix has enhanced its Video Streamer App, which now allows M-Series Smart Glasses users to publish live video feeds directly to popular sites such as YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Live.