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It's All About the Music!

My first startup was a company called ESS Technologies, which originally stood for Electronics Speech Systems. We started out as a software speech synthesis developer, and found mild success making the early Commodore 64 and Apple II games speak. Our claim to fame was that every one of the 20 or so games that licensed our technology made it to…
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I hope it's not Gaudy...

Google launched a new "audio search indexing experiment that allows users to find spoken words inside videos." Google Audio Indexing (GAUDI) was developed by Google Labs (is that where Nuance founder and hot jazz guitarist Michael Cohen lives these days?). Gaudi is a fun name. Anyone that's been to Barcelona has seen the unique art nouveau style of design and…
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On Human Misrecognitions...

My very first blog was called "Weapons for Christmas:...I had misunderstood my daughter when she said she wanted "Webkins for Christmas". I'm always intrigued by errors in human speech recognition. I figure if we can't do it right with all our sensory and extra sensory powers, then how in the world can a computer ever get it right? Or better…
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Voice User Interfaces Everywhere!

I was talking with an industry analyst today. He had gotten the BlueAnt V1 Bluetooth headset with Sensory's BlueGenie technology, and he was very pleasantly surprised by how it was both EASIER to use yet MORE FEATURE RICH all at the same time (OK, I'll include my favorite reviewer's quotes below...and by the way, it's also SAFER!). Let me sidetrack…
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Nuance Done Acquiring?

I just read an interesting analysis by Ketul Kirtikumar on seekingalpha.com. Ketul claims, "The acquisition machine which fueled growth at Nuance might be slowing down due to the high debt that Nuance Communications (NUAN) has accumulated in the last two years." He states their organic growth has been slowing while execs and insiders have been unloading shares. I have mixed…
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