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  • "I can’t get enough of Fire HD 10’s hands-free Alexa feature."

    Jeffrey Van Camp,
  • "Faceprint and Voiceprint on the LG V30, they both work really well. I especially like the ‘Face Unlock’ feature."

    Joe Fedewa, Phandroid
  • "The most exciting addition to the Fire HD 10 is the "Alexa Hands-free" mode."

  • "Using Alexa on the Fire HD 10 (2017) is just as easy as it is on the Echo, simply utter her name and then ask or command."

    Simon Hill, TechRadar
  • "The Ecobee4 is the new smart thermostat to beat (Nest who?) "

  • "Even with music blaring, the Sonos One will recognize the Alexa hotword without you having to shout"

    Chris Welch, The Verge
  • "LG has provided various security options so you don’t have to use the fingerprint scanner if you don’t want. You can also unlock the phone with your face, the old school Knock Code or even your voice."

    Chris Martin, TechAdvisor
  • "The Moto Z2 Play takes voice commands a step can do things with a “show me” command...without unlocking or even touching the phone. It only works with my voice for security."

    Dan Seifert, The Verge
  • VoiceGenie users will be able to chat with Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, or Alexa anywhere -- totally hands-free. You just speak the wake word.

  • Ecobee4 Review: The First Smart Thermostat with Alexa

    Tom's Guide
  • VoiceGenie, a solution that allows most wireless headphones to utilize the power of Amazon’s Alexa on the go

    Android Headlines
  • VoiceGenie delivers low-powered speech recognition technology to wireless headphones and headsets.

  • VoiceGenie could change the way we interact with the devices already firmly embedded in our lives -- and it could make voice assistants just as integral.

  • Amazon is relying on voice models that are key components of Sensory’s speech recognition suite.

    Business Intelligence
  • Sensory is enabling what it calls “wakeup words” — that is, terms and phrases that trigger the always-on listening that is a hallmark of assistants like Google Now and Siri — on devices that integrate Amazon’s Alexa.

    Digital Trends
  • Sensory, which focuses on voice recognition, teams up with Alexa's creators to make it easier for third-party developers to create voice-activated devices.

  • Sensory won Best Innovation in Deep Learning at the Alconics awards; First Place in Mobile Security and Privacy at the CTIA Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards; and Star Performer at the Speech Industry Awards, where CEO Todd Mozer also won a Luminary Award.

  • Samsung Partners With Sensory For Face/Voice Biometrics
  • Say out loud 'GoPro, start recording' and the camera starts recording, no fuzzing with buttons.

    Geoffrey Fowler, Wall Street Journal
  • …it works well even at a distance. You just shout "okay Garmin," the lights on the camera will blink, and then you can tell it to do things like start or stop recording, or take a photo.

    The Verge
  • Huawei also created this cool feature to help you find your phone more quickly. It’s called voice wake up, and you can ask your phone “Where are you?” or some other phrase, and your phone will respond, saying, “I’m here,” and play music until you find it.

    Malarie Gokey,
  • The best upgrade to the controls, though, has to be voice control...The Hero5 Black understands seven languages.

    Brent Rose, Wired
  • Most notably though, this new shooter supports voice commands, letting you control it via phrases such as, ‘Okay Garmin, start recording.’

  • GoPro added voice controls for starting and stopping recordings, snapping photos and even tagging highlights in your clips by saying "That was sick!" and "Oh sh*t!" It works really well, and there are currently 10 commands and support for seven languages.

    Sean O'Kane, The Verge
  • 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
  • Voice commands are where both Hero 5 cameras flex their smarts.

    Geoffrey Fowler, Wall Street Journal
  • One of the coolest features on the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 is the ability to use your voice to control the camera.

  • 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
  • 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
  • With touchless control, Motorola and Google upped the ante.

    Eric Mack, CNET
  • 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
  • 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

NLP-5x ToolKits

Sensory’s NLP-5x Natural Language Processor is a System-On-Chip that offers state-of-the-art FluentChip&trade 5 speech technologies and also integrates motor, LCD, communications and sensor functions in a single low-cost chip. To fully take advantage of these capabilities, Sensory offers an complete array of development and debugging tool options depending upon your budget and preferred programming environment. This comprehesive suite of development tools offers power and flexibility for quickly creating fast, innovative embedded speech applications on the NLP-5x platform.

All chip programming is done under the ZVIEW IDE (Integrated Development Environment), and requires the FluentChip™ 5 Libraries and QuickSynthesis™ 5 tools. Please note that ZVIEW’s IDE, C Compiler, JTAG debugger, and Sensory’s Quick T2SI™ software are not free and must be licensed separately.


Development and Prototyping Platforms

Sensory offers a variety of development platforms depending upon your budgetary needs and the scope of the final project. For developers wishing to become familiar with Sensory’s speech technologies quickly and inexpensively, the NLP-5x Demo/Emulation Toolkit is a great place to start.

NLP-5x Demo/Emulation Toolkit

Sensory’s NLP-5x Demo/Emulation Toolkit is the lowest cost debug environment and code writing platform. The Demo/Emulation board uses 4 chips to emulate an actual NLP-5x chip, which allows for flexibility and efficiency in programming. Because differences between the emulator and an actual NLP-5x chip do exist, it is necessary to verify all programs with the NLP-5x Programming/Verification Toolkit before production.

The kit includes:

  • NLP-5x Demo/Emulation Board
  • 110v Power Supply
  • (2) Speakers
  • FluentChip 5 Library and Tools

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NLP-5x Programming/Verification Toolkit

Code developed on the Demo/Emulation platform needs to be verified using an actual NLP-5x chip. The Programming/Verification Toolkit allows the developer to program the OTP memory in the NLP-5x chips or an NLP-5x Rapid Prototyping Module for use in a prototypical situation. The kit includes:

  • NLP-5x Programming/Verification Board
  • 110v Power Supply
  • (2) Speakers
  • (6)NLP-5x LQFP Package chips
  • USB Cable

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NLP-5x Complete Toolkit

The kit includes everything necessary to program, debug and verify NLP-5x chips:

  • NLP-5x Demo/Emulation Board
  • NLP-5x Programming/Verification Board
  • ZVIEW IDE and C Compiler with ZSP-USB-JTAG probe and license
  • (2) 110v Power Supply
  • (2) Speakers
  • (6)NLP-5x LQFP Package chips
  • USB Cable

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Rapid Prototyping Module

NLP-5x Rapid Prototyping Module.Order from Sensory.

Development Software
FluentChip™ 5 with QuickSynthesis™ 5

This latest release of Sensory’s core technology libraries for the NLP-5x offers these new technologies:

  • Natural Language Interface
  • Phrase Spotting (includes hands-free triggers)
  • Text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis with morphing
  • Hi Quality compressed speech synthesis
  • MP3 Decoder and High Fidelity music
  • PID Motor Control Algorithms
  • Man-machine interfaces (MMI) with interactive sensors
  • System Communications

The core FluentChip™ 3 libraries are included as well:

  • Speaker Independent Voice Recognition
  • Speaker Dependent Voice Recognition
  • Speaker Verification Voice Recognition
  • Continuous Digits Recognition
  • Record and Playback
  • Interative and Robotic Controls


ZVIEW IDE and C Compiler with Dongle

The ZVIEW IDE provides the software environment for programming NLP-5x chips and linking various Sensory speech files. It includes a C Compiler and is licensed through the use of a USB security dongle.

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ZVIEW IDE and C Compiler with ZSP-USB-JTAG Debugger

The ZVIEW IDE provides the software environment for programming NLP-5x chips and linking various Sensory speech files. It includes a C Compiler and is licensed through the use of a ZSP-USB-JTAG probe, which also allows for efficient debugging on the Demo/Emulation board.

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Quick T2SI™ 5 with Flexible Grammar Support

Develop speaker independent trigger, natural phrase grammars or command lists from text-based input in multiple languages quickly and efficiently with Sensory’s revolutionary tools and technology. The Quick T2SI™ 5 tool is available as an add-on to any NLP-5x development platform.

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Sensory Toolkit Contents
FluentChip 5
& QS5
ZVIEW IDE, C Compiler and DongleZVIEW IDE, C Compiler and ZSP-USB-JTAG Debugger Quick T2SI™NLP-5x Demo/
Emulation Board
NLP-5x Programming/
NLP-5x RPMPower Supply & Stereo Speakers
NLP-5x Demo/
Emulation Toolkit
NLP-5x Programming
Complete Toolkit

* = included; n/a = not applicable; opt = optional purchase not included with toolkit