August 17, 2011
I’ll continue on with a few thoughts from yesterday’s blog because I got asked the question: “Why would speech patents be worth so much more than general telecom and other patents?”
There are 2 key reasons:
As an interesting case in point, Sensory has a few key patents on client/server speech recognition approaches. We have a very early initial filing date from 1996 (if you want to know the patent number, drop me an email.) We went through 10 years of revisions and responses to the patent office and finally got 3 patents issued on our initial concepts of using client devices connected to more powerful servers with speech recognition (yeah that should sound familiar today, but it was a very unique idea in 1996!). These are VERY fundamental patents with a VERY early priority date. Back in the downturn of 2008 we talked to a patent auction house that gave a very thorough evaluation of the patents, and they concluded it would be the highest valued auction they had ever seen. They wanted a “reserve” price in the single million dollar digits, but we wanted it in the double million digits, so we never went forward. It just shows the importance of speech patents, and with the recent lawsuits in the mobile and speech community, speech patents have become even more valuable today!
September 16, 2010
Google seems to be putting a bit of promotion behind the Android Voice Search capabilities with a campaign called “What You Say is What You Search.” A few months back they announced that 25% of all Android based search functions are done by voice, and now they are blogging and creating videos to promote this WONDERFUL capability. My favorite Google voice search video is the informative Mike LeBeau video that he did for Voice Actions. I like it because Mike is a real person that really works for Google and knows his stuff…more charisma than Justin Long (you know, Apple’s old Mac guy), and he’s not a paid actor.
Seems that a big part of the Google message is “IT WORKS!”…unfortunately there are a lot more video’s promoting that speech recognition doesn’t work. Searching for “speech recognition” or “voice recognition” on YouTube by most-watched videos reveals that the most popular speech videos are the mistakes or “fails”, with some of these being real demo’s by Microsoft among others. Many are pretty humorous…
Here are my favorite funny speech recognition videos:
Sensory has produced a variety of low budget in-house videos, and although they are not very funny, they showcase our unique technologies. I’ll have my VP of Sales post a blog about these soon.