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  • So if the cloud’s not private, how can your TV respond to voice commands? Simple. Use speech-recognition services that are baked right into the TV – no cloud required.

    Ted Kritsonis, Digital Trends
  • TrulySecure works by watching and listening as you repeat a passphrase a couple times. The system tracks the way your lips move and registers the unique attributes of your voice.

    Josh Ong, The Next Web
  • Given Qualcomm’s prominence as a mobile technology developer and the technological advancement on display in its latest offerings, the partnership reflects very well on the confidence the company has in Sensory’s technology.

    Alex Perala, Mobile ID World
  • Of particular interest is the fact that TrulySecure is an on-device biometric identification system that does not rely on a connection to the cloud. Many users prefer this approach because they do not wish for their biometric data to be replicated and stored outside of their personal devices.

    Max Maxfield, EE Times
  • Speech recognition company Sensory is expanding into the computer vision space with a new smartphone security client that uses both voice and face recognition to lock down your phone.

    Kevin Fitchard, Gigaom
  • MotoX is a fantastic phone with many great features. My favorite is Touchless Control… Ask it the weather, to call a friend or do a Google search, and it'll just do it, and you never have to touch the phone.

    Pete Pachal, Mashable
  • Sensory is continuing to exhibit leadership in handsfree control by allowing a secure multimodal biometric that doesn’t require touching devices to make them work.

    Dan Miller, Opus Research
  • With touchless control, Motorola and Google upped the ante.

    Eric Mack, CNET
  • Touchless the most useful feature [on Moto X].

    David Pogue, NY Times
  • The defining feature of the Moto X is it’s a virtual ear, always straining to hear its owner’s voice say three magic words that will rouse it to action: "Okay, Google Now."

    Steven Levy, WIRED
  • The phone [Moto X] has all the standard features expected of today’s top smartphone, with a twist: the ability to control the phone by talking to it, without lifting a finger.

    The New York Times
  • The voice-response system, called BlueGenie is surprisingly accurate for such a small device. It's better than the voice system in my Blackberry phone.

    US News and World Report
  • [BlueGenie is] an intuitive voice control system...the finest voice recognition user interface we've seen.

    Good Gear Guide
  • Sensory is trying to revolutionize voice and speech recognition by creating TrulyHandsfree, which looks to evolve our interactions with our smart devices.

    Talk Android
  • It may not seem like much, but that little detail of getting the phone to wake up via a voice command - which Sensory calls ‘TrulyHandsfree’ - is one of the trickiest.

  • With its dual biometric factors, AppLock comes closer to the security-and-convenience ideal than I've ever seen.

    Mike Feibus, usatoday

Sensory in the News

To make your smart TV safe from spying, manufacturers need to up their game
March 25, 2015
Ted Kritsonis, Digital Trends … Comedian Yakov Smirnoff used to notoriously joke that “in Soviet Union, television watches you!”…..

Questions Arise About Security of Alipay Facial Recognition
March 19, 2015
Alex Perala, Mobile ID World … The emerging vulnerabilities of mCommerce are a serious threat, but there are viable multi-factor solutions, and sticking with archaic password systems is not a good option…..

Qualcomm Integrates Sensory’s Low-Power Voice Recognition
March 11, 2015
Alex Perala, Mobile ID World … Sensory Inc. has announced a major new partnership with respect to its low-power voice control system. Mobile technology developer Qualcomm has agreed to implement Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree Voice Control 3.0 technology into its upcoming platforms…..

Biometric security may soon be ready for prime time
February 10, 2015
Mark Albertson, Examiner … A different approach to biometrics is being offered by Sensory, a company that has specialized in consumer speech and voice technologies since 1994. In January, the company released a new Android app that combines both facial and voice authentication into one product……

Sensory Continues Expansion, Rolls out Voice Biometric Solution AppLock
January 27, 2015
Michele Masterson, Speech Technology Magazine … The new year has barely begun and Sensory has already disclosed a series of partnerships and product rollouts. The company has been expanding, says founder and CEO Todd Mozer, hiring more employees while it continues to grow its authentication technologies on both the speech and vision sides…..

New Android app with voice and facial recognition
January 21, 2015
Stephen Mayhew, … Sensory, Inc has released AppLock, a new Android application available at the Google Play Store that uses biometric fusion to allow mobile device users to secure their applications….

Let me (and only me) in my iPhone
January 19, 2015
Mike Feibus, Special for USA TODAY … Sensory, which develops voice and vision biometric technology for consumer products, approached me about its new authentication app called AppLock. AppLock, which is available beginning today on the Android Play Store, leverages the smartphone’s microphone as well as the camera to employ both voice and vision to authenticate users….

Sensory Expands Market for TrulyHandsfree Speech
January 8, 2015
Leonard Klie,… Sensory this week released a low-power sound detector that will allow its TrulyHandsfree Voice Control to operate at ultra-low power. This hardware addition is expected to further drive down power consumption and extend the battery life for always-on, always-listening devices that can accept voice inputs for command and control functions….

Sensory and Nok Nok Labs to provide FIDO-Ready voice and facial authentication
January 7, 2015
Stephen Mayhew,… Sensory Inc. has partnered with Nok Nok Labs to provide voice and facial-based authentication solutions to Nok Nok Labs’ customers that meet Fast Identity Online Alliance’s new specifications…

Audio CODECs tout improved voice control, audio capability
September 22, 2014
EET Asia…Targeting wearables, a low power voice trigger is available on the DA7322 and DA7323 where over a dozen keywords can be supported with over 95 per cent accuracy without false triggering. This capability is demonstrated by the TrulyHandsfree always-on voice activation and recognition software provided by Sensory, which includes trigger to search, user-defined triggers, speaker verification and identification and multiple language support. …..

SpeechTech Magazine names Sensory as a “Star Performer” in the 2014 Speech Industry Awards
July 31, 2014
The Editors of Speech Technology…This year, there were notable advancements in mobile authentication, intelligent assistants, visual IVR, wearable devices, natural language, analytics, and mobile voice search. Thanks to our 15 Star Performers, all of these efforts were propelled to new heights…..

Sensory’s CEO Todd Mozer named as one of the “2014 Speech Luminaries”
July 31, 2014
The Editors of Speech Technology… The Visionary Validator Todd Mozer, Founder, Sensory…..

The Vocca Light Switch Is A Modern-Day Clapper
July 30, 2014
Jordan Crook,…Smart bulbs are pretty cool… until you realize that physically flipping the switch is sometimes faster than unlocking your phone, opening the right app, and controlling the light through your mobile device…Along with voice control (powered by Sensory technology), the Vocca offers similar controls to other smart lighting systems on the market, including control of your light bulbs from your phone, and the ability to set timers for when you wake up, go to sleep, etc…..

VOCCA: Add Voice Commands To Your Light Bulb
July 30, 2014 …There is no need for a WiFi connection to get your VOCCA working. The technology is based on voice recognition technology from Sensory…….

How biometrics could protect consumer privacy
July 23, 2014
YaKenda McGahee, CCTV-AMERICA…When it comes to securing your personal devices, passwords and even fingerprinting are considered by some as old fashioned……

Sensory’s Todd Mozer Discusses Biometric Security For Consumer Devices
July 18, 2014
William Wong, Electronic Design …Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory Inc., describes new speech and vision technologies that target consumer products including mobile and automotive platforms…..

Sensory Brings On-Device Face and Voice Recognition to Mobile
June 30, 2014
Peter Counter, MobileIDWorld …Competition is heating up over the security in your pocket. Today, Sensory announced a new biometric solution optimized for smartphones, tablets and PC platforms: TrulySecure™. A software-based multi-factor product, Sensory’s new technology suit is aimed at bringing accessibility to the consumer logical access control market….

Sensory Releases Combined Vision and Voice Authentication For Mobile Devices
June 30, 2014
Eliane Fiolet, …Sensory has been developing speech recognition software solutions for the past 20 years and I had the opportunity to meet CEO Todd Mozer for a demo of TrulySecure™, its new technology that enables biometric authentication for Smartphones, tablets and PCs. Sensory TrulySecure combines voice and face recognition to unlock applications on mobile devices, and it can be used by OEMs to unlock the device itself….

Voice & Face Unlock Smartphones & Tablets
June 30, 2014
Max Maxfield, EETimes …With the advent of increasingly sophisticated personal electronic devices, security is becoming more and more of an issue…Now Sensory has launched TrulySecure™, which combines speech identification and facial recognition to give a state-of-the-art security solution…

Sensory debuts a smartphone lock keyed to both your voice and your face
June 30, 2014
Kevin Fitchard, Gigaom …Speech recognition company Sensory is expanding into the computer vision space with a new smartphone security client that uses both voice and face recognition to lock down your phone…

Sensory combines voice and facial recognition to make your devices more secure
June 30, 2014
Josh Ong, TNW, The Next Web …Speech recognition specialist Sensory has announced TrulySecure™, a new biometric technology that monitors your face and your voice in order to authenticate you on your smartphone, PC or tablet…

Why Siri Is Apple’s Most Important Footnote
June 3, 2014
Sarah Kessler, Fast Company …“It [Siri]changed everybody’s expectations about what is possible,” says Gary Morgenthaler, an early Siri investor and board member. … Todd Mozer, Sensory’s CEO, remembers the attitude toward speech interfaces seeming to change overnight. “You wouldn’t believe the number of companies that suddenly were knocking on our doors and saying, ‘we want to add speech recognition, we don’t exactly know how, but we know we need to do it now,’” he says……

GSMA Announces Winners of the 2014 Global Mobile Awards
February 25, 2014
PRNewswire, BARCELONA, Spain…The GSMA today announced the winners of the 19th Annual Global Mobile awards, held at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The winners were honoured in an afternoon ceremony hosted by British actor, writer, presenter and comedian James Corden. …..

Sensory Adds TrulyHandsFree Technology to Cadence Voice Processors
February 20, 2014, The addition of Sensory’s TrulyHandsFree means that Cadence’s DSP voice processors consume less power. …..

Intel Is Working on a Smart, Voice-Enabled Headset
February 4, 2014
Leonard Klie,…Intel has been quietly working on a voice-enabled smart headset personal assistant, code-named Jarvis… In addition to Intel-developed firmware and software, the Intel smart headset reference design uses Sensory’s low-power, always-listening voice recognition technology …..

What’s All This About “Wearables”?
January 20, 2014
PRWeb, Some analysts suggest wearables are the “next big thing” and others suggest a limited role for such devices. A keynote panel at the Mobile Voice Conference, March 3-5 in San Francisco, led by Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory Inc., will address the issues surrounding the category. ….

Not All of the Wearables Intel Showed at CES Had Intel Inside
January 17, 2014
Ina Fried,… A big part of Intel’s pitch at CES was that its signature x86 processors could scale from their home turf of PCs all the way down to the smallest of devices… In the case of the (voice assistant-equipped) earpiece, Intel says that it developed the voice-controlled assistant and did note in a fact sheet that the speech recognition technology was powered by Sensory Inc.

Conexant Targets Far-Field Voice Processing for TVs, PCs, Smartphones & Tablets
January 9, 2014
Max Maxfield,…We are currently poised on the brink of a dramatic increase in the deployment of voice-controlled “things.” Some people call this “embedded speech,” while others refer to it as “emerging audio.” Whatever you call it, it won’t be long before the world in which we live will be a very different place…Last year, I told you about the folks at a company called Sensory, who are doing some incredible things with regard to speech recognition…

Voice biometrics and how far we’ve come
July 11, 2013
Adam Vrankulj,…. speech recognition and voice biometric technology have come a long way, and products using voice as a biometric modality are gaining a ton of traction in the market – with particular success in the consumer device and customer authentication spaces… According to Bernie Brafman, VP of Business Development for Sensory, there is one major problem and it’s voice biometric technology’s known Kryptonite: Background noise… Sensory, which focuses on embedded solutions and has been working with speech recognition and speaker identification for 20 years, has integrated speech technology in a new QNX concept car, though speaker recognition isn’t an option. The system lets users plot a route, pick music or perform pre-programmed actions….

TrulyHandsFree: Always-On Speech Recognition From Sensory
April 10, 2013
“If it has speech recognition, why do we have to use our fingers?” According to Bernie Brafman, Vice President of Business Development at Sensory, that simple question has been at the forefront of many of the company’s customers’ minds throughout Sensory’s 19-year existence… Always-active speech recognition requires that the microphone, ADC, memory and DSP (or other processor running the speech recognition algorithms) be perpetually powered up, presumably leading to unacceptable battery drain in the portable electronics devices that constitute a dominant percentage of Sensory’s various potential markets… By preceding speech recognition with simpler voice detection, along with optimizing the software and the processing core(s) that run them, Sensory believes that it has resolved this quandary….

Hello, Bentley: Using Sensory speech technology to create a natural user experience
March 7, 2013
Bernard Brafman & Justin Moon, QNX Auto Blog…Speech recognition is a key component of the latest QNX technology concept car, a modified Bentley Continental GT. The speech rec system lets you plot a route or select your favorite artist using natural speech, but it goes even further by letting you simply ask the car to perform an action. Leveraging Sensory’s FluentSoft SDK, more specifically the TrulyHandsfreeTM Voice Control technology, the QNX concept development team implemented keyword spotting techniques to interact with the vehicle.. …

Tensilica and Sensory Drive Industry’s Lowest Power DSP-Based Voice Activation Solution
Santa Clara, CA, February 25, 2013
Design&Reuse…Low Power Speech Detection Enables Under 25 µW. Tensilica, Inc. and Sensory today announced that the two companies have worked together to provide the lowest power voice activation solution based on Tensilica’s recently introduced HiFi Mini DSP (digital signal processor) IP core and Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree™ always-on voice activation technology. …

World’s lowest-power speech recognition solution for mobile devices now available
Edinburgh, UK, February 19, 2013
Design&Reuse…Wolfson Microelectronics, a global leader in the delivery of high performance mixed-signal semiconductors and audio solutions for the consumer electronics market, and Sensory, a leader in speech technologies for consumer electronics, have today announced the availability of Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree Voice Control and audio detect front-end on Wolfson’s latest ultra-low power platforms for mobile phone audio channel processing. …

Sensory’s mega-cool TrulyHandsfree voice control 3.0
February 19, 2013
Clive Maxfield, EE Times Products…. Speech recognition and voice control technology has exploded recently with some amazing capabilities, such as the ability to recognize keywords being spoken in a crowded party with humongous amounts of background noise… And keeping the ball rolling, the guys and gals at Sensory have just announced the release of TrulyHandsfree Voice Control 3.0. This latest version provides the ability for end users to create their own custom voice triggers and biometric passphrases that identify who they are and unlock features, permit access, or call up customized settings…

Sensory Announces TrulyHandsfree™ Voice Control 3.0
February 19, 2013
findBIOMETRICS…Sensory, Inc. today announces the release of TrulyHandsfree™ Voice Control 3.0 with the ability for end users to create their own custom voice triggers and biometric passphrases that identify who they are and unlock features, permit access, or call up customized settings….

CEVA and Sensory Partner to Deliver Lowest Power Voice Activation Solution Based on CEVA-TeakLite-4 DSP Platform
February 19, 2013
Design&Reuse…Optimized TrulyHandsfree™ technology from Sensory leverages performance, power benefits and tool chain efficiency of leading voice/audio DSP; Companies to showcase solution at Mobile World Congress 2013…

Sensory’s New TrulyHandsfree 3.0 Speaker Verification and Speaker Identification Optimized Port Available on Tensilica HiFi Audio/Voice DSPs
February 19, 2013
Design&Reuse…Tensilica, Inc. and Sensory today announced that the two companies have partnered to provide an optimized port of Sensory’s new TrulyHandsfree 3.0 Voice Control software to Tensilica’s family of HiFi Audio/Voice DSP IP cores…

3.0 is a Real Charm for Sensory TrulyHandsfree Voice Control
February 19, 2013
Dan Miller, opusresearch …The latest version of Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree(TM) technology marks some radical leaps forward for embedded speech processing resources and secure device activation…

Speech Finds a Home
February 10, 2013
Leonard Klie, Speech Technology…”We shouldn’t have to push buttons to use the speech recognition,” Mozer says. “The whole purpose of speech in this case is so we would not have to use a lot of button pushes.” His company, Sensory, has been at the forefront of development in this area. Its TrulyHandsfree Trigger is a voice technology that makes devices and applications come alive—or “wake up”—with a spoken word or phrase. …

Can’t Touch? Just Talk
January 21, 2013
Rich Quinnell, Microcontroller Central …The video below (view in online source) gives some examples of text-to-speech synthesis available from the embedded speech specialist Sensory Inc…Sensory Inc. offers a number of devices that provide voice control… One device that might be of particular interest here is Sensory’s NLP-5x, a microcontroller with natural language processing capability…

Yes, We Can Hear You Now! The Rise of Embedded Speech
January 16, 2013
Clive Maxfield, All Programmable Planet… By some strange quirk of fate, I’ve been hearing a lot about the topic of embedded speech recently, ranging from discussions on the NPR (National Public Radio) … to articles like Ubiquitous sensors meet the most natural interface – speech on EDN (Electronic Design News)…I’ve been talking to the folks at Sensory. These are the guys and gals who are featured in the EDN article mentioned above; they are also the ones who are giving the paper at Design West. In addition to having their own custom microcontroller that is dedicated to embedded speech applications, they also have an SDK (software development kit) and API (application programming interface) that allows their speech recognition and generation software to be run on other processors….

A Short Observation on CES
January 14, 2013
Will Strauss, Forward Concepts… Conexant Demos Excellent Voice TV Command…One of the next things people will want with their next Smart TV is voice command while sitting several feet away… The company’s own advanced processing algorithms are kicked off with Sensory’s voice trigger which enables extremely low idle power drain until speech is detected…

Ubiquitous sensors meet the most natural interface–speech—Part I
Ubiquitous sensors meet the most natural interface–speech—Part II
January 14, 2013
Bernard Brafman,Sensory inc. EDN Network … Advances in sensor technology have surrounded us with devices that are aware of our activities and environment and that enable systems to deliver convenience and comfort. Among the most ubiquitous of sensors is the microphone. …

QNX Re-imagines the Driving Experience with New Technology Concept Car
LAS VEGAS, 2013 International CES (North Hall, Booth 1837), January 8,
QNX Software Systems Limited… The concept car, based on a Bentley Continental GT convertible, integrates technologies never before seen in any vehicle, to show how QNX Software Systems is helping its customers build the “connected cockpit” of tomorrow… Just say “Hello Bentley,” and the car’s voice recognition system immediately starts interacting with you, in a distinctly British accent. No button pushes needed, as the system uses Truly Handsfree™ keyword spotting technology from Sensory…

Tensilica Introduces the Smallest, Lowest Power DSP IP Core For Always-Listening Voice Trigger and Voice Recognition
January 3, 2013
Tensilica , …Tensilica is working with Sensory and other software partners that will provide the voice-activation, speech command recognition, voice pre-processing and noise reduction products optimized on the HiFi Mini DSP…”Power is the single most important factor in enabling always-on listening capability in mobile devices. Using Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree™ voice control technology, HiFi Mini is able to achieve less than 88 uW of power for the core in 28 nm HPL, achieving both the lowest power consumption and uncompromising accuracy for speech recognition,” stated Larry Przywara, Tensilica’s senior director of mobile multimedia …The HiFi Mini DSP IP core will be available in March 2013. Tensilica will demonstrate Sensory’s Truly Handsfree voice trigger and speech command products on HiFi Mini at the Consumer Electronics Show in booth MP25060, January 8-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV USA.