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

    Jeffrey Van Camp, wired.com
  • "Last year, we introduced Alexa hands-free on the Fire HD 10 and customers are loving it—in fact, the Fire HD 10 is now our highest-rated Fire tablet"

    Kevin Keith, Amazon Devices General Manager
  • "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."

    Mashable
  • "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?) "

    CNet
  • "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 further...you 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.

    CNet
  • 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.

    Wearable
  • 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.

    CNet
  • 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.

    CNET
  • 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.

    FindBiometrics
  • Samsung Partners With Sensory For Face/Voice Biometrics

    AndroidHeadlines.com
  • 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, digitaltrends.com
  • 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.’

    Engadget
  • 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.

    ZDNet
  • 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 mode...is 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.

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

    Mike Feibus, usatoday

AppLock from Sensory Keeps Apps Safe with Face and Voice Biometrics

Santa Clara, Calif., May 11, 2016 – With a simple enrollment process, AppLock from Sensory allows users to add face or voice, or combined face and voice biometric security to any apps

Sensory, a Silicon Valley company enhancing user experience and security for consumer electronics, today announced the first full-feature release of its free, easy-to-use, non-intrusive and highly secure face and voice biometric fusion app called AppLock Face/Voice Recognition on the Google Play store. Adding an extra layer of security to any mobile app has never been easier or more elegant. The app combines an intuitive user interface with advanced deep learning face and voice biometric authentication technologies to keep prying eyes out of your personal apps, making it so that you and only you can access them.

“Excitement for biometric technologies on mobile devices continues to be a driving force for innovation and adoption in the mobile space. Now more than ever, we are seeing various modalities of biometrics being utilized for securing sensitive bank and credit reporting apps. However, the majority of mainstream apps today fail to protect users from the potential risk of somebody gaining unauthorized access. We designed our AppLock Face/Voice Recognition app to provide users a seamless option for securing any app installed on their Android devices with our proprietary face and voice biometric technologies. By combining face and voice biometrics we are able to provide users with more than twice the security of single mode biometrics like fingerprint and iris,” said Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory.

Once AppLock Face/Voice Recognition is installed, users are taken through a quick enrollment and setup procedure that takes less than a minute. During enrollment, users are given the choice of three pre-determined voice passphrases or can set their own user-defined passphrase. Then, by simply looking at the camera and repeating the selected voice passphrase three times, the user is enrolled and can then select which apps they want protected, as well as the level of security they prefer for each. AppLock Face/Voice Recognition offers two modes of biometric security; convenience mode which utilizes either face or voice based on whichever biometric is verified first, or TrulySecure™ mode which requires verification of both face and voice biometrics in order to access an app. In the advanced settings menu, users can further secure their apps by enabling liveness detection, ensuring that a photo of the user wont trigger a false accept.

When opening any app protected by AppLock Face/Voice Recognition, a window instantly appears prompting the user to get in sight of the camera, while in parallel the microphone begins listening for the user’s voice saying the enrolled passphrase. The user verification process is nearly instant, and once identity is verified the window quickly disappears and the app opens.

“Security apps are an interesting category on the Google Play Store. We’ve found that in order to keep mobile users using a security app long-term, it must possess significant security advantages while not obstructing the user experience. The moment an app becomes inconvenient, it gets deleted. For this reason, we purposefully designed AppLock Face/Voice Recognition to be extremely secure, yet simple to set up, robust in features and discreet in function,” said Dr. Gordon Haupt, Senior Director of Vision Technologies at Sensory.

Unlike other biometric security apps that require special biometric sensors which are not a standard feature of all devices, AppLock Face/Voice Recognition only requires a front facing camera and microphone, making it compatible with virtually all Android smartphones and tablets. Face and voice, separately are the two most popular biometrics for Android security apps on the Google Play Store, with download rates and user ratings trending far higher than other forms of biometrics. AppLock Face/Voice Recognition offers a unique fusion of both face and voice biometric verification in one app for greater security.

AppLock Face/Voice Recognition is powered by Sensory’s TrulySecure technology, a state of the art deep learning face and voice biometric authentication solution that boasts industry-leading accuracy at recognizing the correct user and keeping imposters out. Sensory offers TrulySecure SDKs for all major operating systems which can be licensed to mobile device manufacturers and app developers interested in employing biometric fusion technology in their own products.

Watch the demo video for AppLock Face/Voice Recognition from Sensory on YouTube here.

For more information about this announcement, Sensory or its technologies, please contact sales@sensory.com; Press inquiries: press@sensory.com.

About Sensory Inc.
Sensory Inc. creates a safer and superior user experience through vision and voice technologies. Sensory’s technologies are widely deployed in consumer electronics applications including mobile phones, automotive, wearables, toys, IoT and various home electronics. With its TrulyHandsfree™ voice control, Sensory has set the standard for mobile handset platforms’ ultra-low power “always listening” touchless control. Sensory’s TrulySecure face and voice biometrics authentication technology also broke the mold for its respective segment by becoming the first multimodal biometrics technology to become FIDO Certified. To date, Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products.

TrulySecure is a trademark of Sensory Inc.