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Syntiant and Sensory to Deliver First Ultra-Low-Power Multi-language Voice Solution at the Edge

January 6, 2020

Combined AI Technologies Can Support Local Commands in Dozens of Languages; Demos Held at CES 2020

IRVINE, Calif., January 6, 2020 – Syntiant, the award-winning AI semiconductor start-up providing intelligent voice solutions at the edge, today announced a partnership with Sensory Inc., AI and speech recognition pioneer, to deliver a deep learning, multi-lingual voice interface for battery-powered devices.

The combined solution merges Sensory’s larger, higher-performance TrulyHandsfree™ wake word engine and voice control with Syntiant’s microwatt-power Neural Decision Processors™ (NDPs), bringing low-latency, real-time inference to edge devices, enabling consumers to seamlessly “voice” commands in dozens of languages. Working together, the two technologies could also support additional features, such as voice-based user identification.

“A busy mom in Korea setting a house alarm or teenager in Barcelona raising the volume on his smart speaker, voice commands are becoming more ubiquitous driven by worldwide consumer demand,” said Kurt Busch, CEO of Syntiant. “Collaborating with Sensory allows us to combine their AI with our silicon technology, providing customers a large multi-language library of local commands for just about any application.”

Syntiant and Sensory are accelerating the delivery of a fast, efficient, cloud-free multi-language interface in devices, such as earbuds, smart speakers and smartphones, at a power level orders of magnitude lower than typical MCU offerings.

Custom built to run neural workloads, the Syntiant® NDP100™ and NDP101™ NDPs can support dozens of local voice commands and consume less than 140 microwatts while performing local processing of audio events, increasing privacy, reliability and responsiveness. In addition to voice triggers, other device capabilities include audio event and environment classification, as well as sensor analytics.

“Sensory’s embedded AI voice software combined with Syntiant’s neural network technology opens up a new market for both companies, bringing ultra-low-power, multi-language, local command support to the edge,” said Todd Mozer, Sensory’s CEO. “Our joint solution provides added security because commands are performed at the edge, free from a cloud connection, while devices and applications come alive without pushing a button.”

Sensory is focused on improving user experiences through embedded machine learning technologies such as voice, vision and natural language processing. The company pioneered the use of neural network approaches for embedded speech recognition for consumer electronics with a well-engineered and patented codebase that has shipped in over 2 billion consumer products.

Syntiant will demo the combined technologies at the Bosch Global booth (LVCC, Central Hall – 12401) during CES 2020 in Las Vegas. Sensory is available by appointment at CES.

About Syntiant

Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Syntiant Corp. is moving artificial intelligence and machine learning from the cloud to edge devices. Syntiant’s advanced chip solutions merge deep learning with semiconductor design to produce ultra-low-power, high performance, deep neural network processors for always-on applications in battery-powered devices, ranging from hearing aids to smart speakers and mobile phones. The company is backed by some of the world’s strongest strategic investors, including Intel Capital, Microsoft M12, Bosch Ventures and the Amazon Alexa Fund. More information on the company can be found by visiting www.syntiant.com or by following Syntiant on Twitter @Syntiantcorp.

About Sensory

Sensory Inc. creates a safer and superior UX 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. To date, Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products. For more information about this announcement, Sensory or its technologies, visit https://www.sensory.com/, contact sales@sensory.com or for press inquiries contact press@sensory.com.

For more information, contact:

Syntiant

George Medici

PondelWilkinson Inc

Gmedici@pondel.com

(310) 279-5968

Sensory

Michael A. Farino

New Era Communications Services

sensory@newerapr.com

(949) 346-1984

Aiqudo and Sensory Collaborate on Holistic Voice Solutions

January 6, 2020

Will develop solutions that simplify the process of integrating voice assistants into a variety of devices

January 06, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aiqudo, a leading voice technology pioneer, today announced that it is collaborating with embedded voice and vision AI leader Sensory to bring to market comprehensive voice solutions that serve as white-label alternatives for voice services and assistants. The two companies are working on solutions targeting automotive, mobile app, smart home and wearable device applications.

Currently, companies and brands must piece together different technologies to fully implement a voice solution. With their technologies combined, Aiqudo and Sensory will deliver a fully integrated end-to-end solution that combines Sensory’s wake word, voice biometrics and natural language recognition technologies with Aiqudo’s multilingual intent understanding and action execution (Q Actions®) to provide the complete Voice to Action® experience consumers expect.

“Voice adoption continues to grow rapidly, and brands are always exploring ways to streamline the process of integrating a convenient voice UX into their products,” said Todd Mozer, Sensory’s CEO. “Working with Aiqudo allows our two companies to provide the industry a turn-key solution for integrating powerful voice assistants into their products that feature brand-specific wake words and are capable of recognizing who is speaking.”

With both Aiqudo and Sensory positioned as leaders in their respective fields, this collaboration is a natural fit as their technologies are highly complementary. The initial integration is focused on the automotive vertical that will be showcased at 2020 Consumer Electronics Show.

Aiqudo’s Auto Mode highlights a highly personalized user experience in the car using the Q Actions® platform. Enhanced with Sensory’s wake word (TrulyHandsfree(TM)) and voice ID (TrulySecure(TM)) functionality, multiple users seamlessly access their personal mobile devices just by using their voice to execute personal actions. “Users just need to enter the cabin with their smartphones,” said Rajat Mukherjee, Aiqudo CTO. “There’s no registration required, and the personalized wake word and voice biometrics allow users to instantly access their personal apps seamlessly and securely”.

“Brands increasingly want to create their own branded voice experiences for their customers,” said John Foster, CEO of Aiqudo. “Working with Sensory, we have created the easiest and fastest way for brands to bring the power and convenience of voice to their customers. We are excited to integrate our areas of practice and expertise to deliver a comprehensive solution.”

To view the demo onsite while at CES, please visit link here to book a private appointment with Sensory or email at CES@aiqudo.com.

About Sensory

For over 25 years, Sensory has pioneered and developed groundbreaking applications for machine learning and embedded AI – turning those applications into household technologies. Pioneering the concept of always-listening speech recognition more than a decade ago, Sensory’s flexible wake word, small to large vocabulary speech recognition, and natural language understanding technologies are fueling today’s voice revolution. Additionally, its biometric recognition technologies are making everything from unlocking a device to authenticating users for digital transactions faster, safer and more convenient. Sensory’s technologies are widely deployed in numerous markets, including automotive, home appliances, home entertainment, IoT, mobile phones, wearables and more, and have shipped in over two billion units of leading consumer products and software applications.

For more information about this announcement, Sensory or its technologies, visit https://www.sensory.com/, contact sales@sensory.com or for press inquiries contact press@sensory.com.

About Aiqudo

Aiqudo (pronounced: “eye-cue-doe”) is a Voice AI pioneer that connects the nascent world of voice interfaces to the useful, mature world of mobile apps through its Voice to Action(R) platform. It lets people use natural voice commands to execute actions in mobile apps and cloud services across devices. Aiqudo’s SaaS platform uses machine learning (AI) to understand natural-language voice commands and then triggers instant actions via mobile apps, cloud services, or device actions, enabling consumers to get things done quickly and easily.

Aiqudo’s proprietary technology is covered by more than 30 granted patents and patent applications. Aiqudo’s technology is delivered in a scalable approach to creating voice-enabled actions without mandating APIs or developer dependencies.

For more information, visit: www.aiqudo.com.

Contacts
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For more information on this news, please call
Danielle Ghiglieri, (510) 333-2707
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CES email: ces@aiqudo.com

Sensory Unveils Domain Specific Voice Assistant for Smart Appliances

December 24, 2019

Collaborating with Midea Microwave and Cleaner Appliances (MCA) business unit to preview a microwave oven with natural language user interface at CES 2020, Sensory’s TrulyNatural SDK offers voice control of kitchen appliances without risking user privacy

Santa Clara, Calif., December 24, 2019 – Sensory, a Silicon Valley company pioneering AI at the edge, today announced the release of its domain specific assistant for smart appliances – a specialized model of TrulyNatural, the company’s large vocabulary speech recognition and natural language understanding platform, that has been designed for home appliances. This technology will help appliance manufacturers create a new wave of smart kitchen appliances that don’t relay voice requests to the cloud.

Voice adoption in consumer electronics continues to gain significant traction, but as more voice-enabled products powered by cloud-based voice services enter the market, more privacy concerns are uncovered. TrulyNatural is the perfect solution for addressing these consumer concerns, because it enhances products with an extremely intelligent natural language user interface, while keeping voice data private and secure; voice requests never leave the device, nor are they ever stored.

“There are certain products where having a cloud-connected voice assistant capable of playing music, checking the weather and telling you a joke makes sense, but there are countless products where it would be unnecessary,” said Todd Mozer, CEO at Sensory. “TrulyNatural is the perfect solution for device makers that want to create powerful products capable of understanding and responding to spoken commands, but don’t need the added complexity, component costs and potential privacy risks associated with leveraging a cloud-based voice services platform.”

TrulyNatural provides a flexible voice UI that can be integrated into devices of all shapes and sizes. It delivers an ideal user experience for domain-specific applications, such as home/kitchen appliances, vehicle infotainment systems, set-top boxes, home automation, industrial and enterprise applications, mobile apps and more. Designed to run completely on an application processor, all TrulyNatural speech processing is done natively (at the edge), not in the cloud. It enables a safe, secure, consistent, reliable and easy to implement experience for the end-user, free of requiring any extra apps or WIFI to be setup or operational. It can also be paired with Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree wake word technology, giving device makers the ability to use their own desired wake words instead of having to use another company’s or potential competitor’s branded wake word. Sensory’s TrulySecure technology can also be integrated to provide biometric-based security and user control features, allowing homeowners to limit who can use the appliances and/or certain features based on whose speaking to the device.

TrulyNatural currently supports US English, with UK English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish planned for release in 2020. SDK’s are available for Android, iOS, Windows, Linux and other leading platforms.

Midea MCA, a global leader in home microwave appliances, is the first customer to adopt this technology into their products. The fruits of this relationship can be experienced at CES 2020, where both companies will be showcasing a new microwave oven capable of understanding naturally spoken requests, without sending a single Bit of data over the internet.

“When it comes to scientific and technological innovation in the home appliances industry Midea is committed to play a leadership role. We firmly believe in ‘consumer-first technology’ and strive to maintain a technological advantage through teamwork and innovation. By teaming up with Sensory we are able to not only modernize the consumer experience offered by our products but do so in a way that addresses the increasingly alarming privacy issue that concerns many consumers worldwide,” said Dr. Scott Sun, Deputy Director of Midea MCA.

View a video demo of Sensory’s Domain Specific Voice Assistant for Smart Appliances embedded in a Midea MCA microwave oven prototype here: https://youtu.be/uB5R5j-QeLM

Sensory will be showcasing the microwave oven prototype at CES 2020 by appointment only. Journalists interested in seeing the microwave demonstration can request a private meeting with Sensory at the following link: https://email.sensory.com/sensory-at-ces-2020.

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

About Sensory:
For over 25 years, Sensory has pioneered and developed groundbreaking applications for machine learning and embedded AI – turning those applications into household technologies. Pioneering the concept of always-listening speech recognition more than a decade ago, Sensory’s flexible wake word, small to large vocabulary speech recognition, and natural language understanding technologies are fueling today’s voice revolution. Additionally, its biometric recognition technologies are making everything from unlocking a device to authenticating users for digital transactions faster, safer and more convenient. Sensory’s technologies are widely deployed in numerous markets, including automotive, home appliances, home entertainment, IoT, mobile phones, wearables and more, and have shipped in over two billion units of leading consumer products and software applications.

About Midea Group
Midea Group is a world’s leading technologies group focused on consumer appliances, HVAC systems, robotics and industrial automation systems, and smart supply chain (logistics). Midea offers diversified products, comprising of consumer appliances (kitchen appliances, refrigerators, laundry appliances, and various small home appliances), HVAC (residential air-conditioning, commercial air-conditioning, heating & ventilation), and robotics and industrial automation. Midea is committed to improving lives by adhering to the principle of “Creating Value for Customers”. Midea focuses on continuous technological innovation to improve products and services, and to make life more comfortable and pleasant.

Sensory Unveils Cross-Platform Wake Word AI That Supports Multiple Voice Assistants While Maintaining Ideal Performance

December 12, 2019

Sensory Updates TrulyHandsfree with Capabilities That Align With the Voice Interoperability Initiative Led by Amazon

Santa Clara, Calif., December 12, 2019 – Sensory, a leader in embedded voice, vision and biometrics AI announces new capabilities for TrulyHandsfree™, the company’s widely-deployed wake word engine, that enables support for multiple wake words from any combination of leading brands, custom branded wake words, small vocabulary command sets or even user defined wake words where the end user can create their own phrase. This technology supports Amazon and the numerous supporters of the Voice Interoperability Initiative (VII) announced in September and allows brands to get a jumpstart on the development of products that feature multiple simultaneous voice services. “Multiple simultaneous wake words provide the best option for customers,” Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in Amazon’s VII press release.

“We are lucky to have worked closely with most of the leaders in voice services to help create products with their wake words embedded. Because of this, we already have all of the data in place to combine multiple models,” said Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory. “However, everyone in the industry has found that combining two or more wake word models into a product poses a significant challenge in maintaining optimal performance. The new capabilities we added to TrulyHandsfree overcomes some of the accuracy challenges without significantly boosting MIPS and memory requirements.”

Sensory has already collected the data and built deep learned models for “Hey Cortana”, “Alexa”, “OK Google”, “Hey Siri”, “Hi Bixby”, “Xiao-du Xiao-du” and over 2 dozen other assistants. These wake words have been approved for market and are already shipping in real products with proven performance and reliability in ultra-low power applications like wearables and mobile phones, to high-performance applications like vehicles, smart speakers and home appliances.
TrulyHandsfree employs a new technique to enable multiple wake words without linearly increasing the error rates, which has been the main challenge associated with running multiple wake words on one device. With traditional approaches, adding a new wake word meant the sum of the error rates of each individual wake word, but with TrulyHandsfree the accuracy doesn’t degrade as fast, offering support for more wake words with less false accepts and false rejects. “Also, on our roadmap for a 2020 release is multi-wake word adaptation that will allow devices to know who is talking to them and to adapt the voice model to better work with each individual user,” Mozer added.

By appointment only at CES 2020, Sensory will be showcasing TrulyHandsfree supporting multiple wake words for today’s most popular voice assistant platforms. For companies interested in test driving TrulyHandsfree on their products, Sensory offers a free demo app. Contact sales@sensory.com for more information.

About Sensory:
For over 25 years, Sensory has pioneered and developed groundbreaking applications for machine learning and embedded AI – turning those applications into household technologies. Pioneering the concept of always-listening speech recognition more than a decade ago, Sensory’s flexible wake word, small to large vocabulary speech recognition, and natural language understanding technologies are fueling today’s voice revolution. Additionally, its biometric recognition technologies are making everything from unlocking a device to authenticating users for digital transactions faster, safer and more convenient. Sensory’s technologies are widely deployed in numerous markets, including automotive, home appliances, home entertainment, IoT, mobile phones, wearables and more, and have shipped in over two billion units of leading consumer products and software applications.

Gyrfalcon Technology and Sensory Deliver Enhanced AI Biometric Access on Edge Devices

November 8, 2019

GTI AI Acceleration Boosts Performance of Sensory’s TrulySecure Biometrics AI by 4X

MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — AI accelerator chip and technology provider Gyrfalcon Technology Inc. today announced a partnership with AI solution provider Sensory to deliver low latency, high reliability embedded, machine learning capabilities on edge devices. Utilizing Sensory’s larger, higher-performance TrulySecure biometric AI models, Gyrfalcon’s AI acceleration technology increases biometric recognition performance by a factor of at least 4 to 8 times, providing users accurate, instant verification or authentication.

The right accelerators….
Since the development of GTI’s first Edge AI chip in 2017, the company has become synonymous with high performance, energy efficient AI acceleration designed for cost sensitive mass market devices. Since its launch, the company has brought to production three other neural network acceleration technologies, including the Lightspeeur® 2803S AI acceleration processor that provides the industry benchmark of 24 TOPS/W for high performance at low power. Customers have been designing GTI AI Accelerator chips into their edge AI devices, and earlier in October LG announced using one in the new Q70 Smartphone to enable premium image and video features at an affordable price point.

The right algorithms….
Sensory is focused on improving user experiences through embedded machine learning technologies such as voice, vision and natural language processing. The company pioneered using neural network approaches for embedded speech recognition for consumer electronics with a well-engineered and patented codebase that has shipped in over 2 billion consumer products. Sensory has recently perfected an algorithm that greatly benefits from the low latency and high reliability that can be harnessed on the GTI AI Accelerator chip portfolio, with an implementation that can recognize legitimate user faces with the highest levels of accuracy.

“Sensory’s face and voice biometrics have been implemented in many dozens of products that have shipped in billion-plus unit quantities. We have had lots of real-world feedback and a key focus for improving our TrulySecure technology has been delivering faster performance on lower cost hardware,” said Todd Mozer, Sensory’s CEO. “Our TrulySecure solution can run up to four times faster and provide a larger, more accurate model thanks to GTI’s AI accelerator chip.”

The right partnership….
Together the companies accelerate innovation and time to market for customers wanting world-class edge AI capabilities that differentiate new products. Some customers are new to AI, and this partnership will help those customers exploit AI on new device projects. Other companies have some AI experience, but need to upgrade AI accelerators, improve designs or add new capabilities.

“Working with customers, we’ve learned that AI implementations are optimized best when companies bring ‘best-in-breed’ solutions together,” said Kimble Dong, co-founder and CEO of Gyrfalcon Technology Inc. “Our accelerator chips enable great design choices for device makers, and partners like Sensory leverage the chips in ways that delight customers with the convenience of fast access combined with peace-of-mind of reliable biometric security.”

About Sensory
Sensory Inc. creates a safer and superior UX 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. To date, Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products. For more information about this announcement, Sensory or its technologies, visit https://www.sensory.com/, contact sales@sensory.com or for press inquiries contact press@sensory.com.

About Gyrfalcon Technology Inc.
Gyrfalcon Technology Inc. (GTI) is the world’s leading developer of high performance AI Accelerators that use low power, packaged in low-cost and small sized chips. Founded by veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and Artificial Intelligence scientists, GTI drives adoption of AI by bringing the power of cloud Artificial Intelligence to local devices, and improves Cloud AI performance with greater performance and efficiency, providing the utmost in AI customization for new equipment and a path to AI upgrade to customers. For more information on GTI, visit https://www.gyrfalcontech.ai/.

Media Contact
Kristin Taylor, Gyrfalcon Technology, Inc. (GTI)
+1.415.310.3390, Kristin.taylor@gyrfalcontech.ai

SOURCE Gyrfalcon Technology Inc.

Sensory Brings Natural Language Understanding to the Edge with TrulyNatural

April 18, 2019

 

Ideal for Home Appliances, IoT, Set Top Box, Automobiles and More, TrulyNatural Offers a Fast and Reliable Voice Interface Without Privacy Concerns

Santa Clara, Calif., – April 18, 2019 – Sensory Inc., a Silicon Valley company dedicated to pioneering new capabilities for machine learning and embedded AI, today announced the first full feature release of TrulyNatural, the company’s embedded large vocabulary speech recognition platform, with natural language understanding. With more than 50 people-years of development and five years of beta testing behind it, TrulyNatural will help companies move beyond the cloud to create exciting products capable of natural language interaction without compromising their customers’ privacy and without the high memory cost of open source-based solutions.

In March of 2019, PCMag.com published results from a consumer survey where 40-percent of the 2,000 US consumers questioned placed privacy as their top concern related to smart home devices in their homes; far surpassing other concerns like cost, installation, product options and cross platform interoperability. Furthermore, Bloomberg published an article last week titled, “Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa,” which explains that Amazon’s Alexa team does in fact pay people to listen to recordings for algorithm training purposes. The Bloomberg article quoted, “Occasionally the listeners pick up things Echo owners likely would rather stay private: a woman singing badly off key in the shower, say, or a child screaming for help. The teams use internal chat rooms to share files when they need help parsing a muddled word—or come across an amusing recording.”

Privacy has never been a hotter topic than it is today. TrulyNatural is the perfect solution for addressing these consumer concerns, because it provides devices with an extremely intelligent natural language user interface, while keeping voice data private and secure; voice requests never leave the device, nor are they ever stored.

“To benefit from the advantages afforded by cloud-based natural language processing, companies have been forced to risk customer privacy by allowing always listening devices to share voice data with the recognition service providers,” said Todd Mozer, CEO at Sensory. “TrulyNatural does not require any data to leave the device and eliminates the privacy risks associated with sending voice data to the cloud, and as an added benefit it allows product manufacturers to own the customer relationship and experience.”

TrulyNatural can provide a natural language voice UI on devices of all shapes and sizes, and can be deployed for domain-specific applications, such as home appliances, vehicle infotainment systems, set top boxes, home automation, industrial and enterprise applications, mobile apps and more. Sensory is unique in developing its speech recognizer from scratch with the goal of providing the best quality of experience in the smallest footprint. Many companies take open source solutions and resell it. Sensory explored doing this too, but found that it could create its own solution that is an order of magnitude smaller than open source options without sacrificing performance, boasting an excellent task completion rate measured at greater than 90 percent accuracy1. TrulyNatural can be as small as under 10MB in a natural language and large vocabulary setting, but it can also be scaled to support broad-domain applications like virtual assistants and call center chatbots with a virtually unlimited vocabulary. By categorizing speech into unlimited intents and entities, the natural language understanding component of the system enables intelligent interpretation of any speech and does not require scripted grammars.
“Consumer concerns over security and privacy have been growing over time and Sensory’s TrulyNatural platform addresses this by embedding natural language speech recognition locally on device. As a result, TrulyNatural improves response time and delivers a high performing, more secure and reliable solution. Product manufacturers will appreciate TrulyNatural’s speech engine technology because it enables them to implement a highly valued voice experience through their own brand name and avoid surrendering customers to a potential competitor,” said Dennis Goldenson, Research Director, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with SAR Insight and Consulting.
Designed to run completely on an applications processor, TrulyNatural does not require an internet connection, as all of the speech processing is done natively (at the edge), not in the cloud. It enables a safe, secure, consistent, reliable and easy to implement experience for the end-user, free of requiring any extra apps or WIFI to be setup or operational. By combining TrulyNatural with other Sensory technologies, such as TrulyHandfreewake words, product manufacturers can further enhance the user experience offered by their products by utilizing their own branded wake words, or even let the customer create their own. Furthermore, device manufacturers can bolster the security of their devices by pairing TrulyNatural with TrulySecure to restrict user access or features through voice biometrics.

As an added bonus, TrulyNatural can be combined with other Sensory technologies to unlock powerful features and capabilities. These technologies include:

  • TrulyHandsfree custom branded always listening wake words
  • Seamless enrollment of regular users
  • TrulySecure speaker identification and verification
  • TrulySecure face and/or voice biometrics
  • Sound identification

TrulyHandsfree TrulyNatural currently supports US English, with UK English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish planned for release in 2019 and 2020. SDK’s are available for Android, iOS, Windows, Linux and other leading platforms.

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 UX 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. To date, Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products.

TrulyNatural is a trademark of Sensory Inc.

1: A home appliance task was analyzed through a spectrum of accented US English speakers across a mix of distances (1-10 ft) with a variety of background noise sources and levels representing realistic home conditions. Tasks included cooking methods, timers, time periods, food types and other possible functions (reset, stop, open/close, etc.) and users were not instructed on things they could or couldn’t request. Multiple types of entities and intents were chosen through NLU and one or more errors from a single phrase would be counted as an error, such that only completely correct interpretations were counted as accurate task completions. Garbage phrases that were ignored were counted as correct, any action taken on a garbage phrase was counted as failure. The task completion rate was measured at over 90% accurate.

HMD Global Selects Sensory to Secure Nokia Smartphones with TrulySecure Face ID

February 27, 2019

TrulySecure is Sensory’s class-leading on-device facial recognition solution found in top-selling smartphones from leading brands and more than three dozen banking apps

BARCELONA and SANTA CLARA, Calif., – Feb 27, 2019 – Sensory, a leader in speech and vision technologies that enhance the user experience and security of consumer electronics, today announced HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has integrated TrulySecure facial recognition into three of the Nokia smartphones it has launched at MWC 2019. As deployed, TrulySecure allows Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2 users to unlock their phone via powerful facial recognition.

TrulySecure is a FIDO Certified™ biometric authentication technology that quickly, conveniently and securely recognizes enrolled users via powerful face biometric recognition technologies. Featuring the latest in Sensory’s embedded AI technology, TrulySecure can identify and authenticate enrolled users in less than a second and differentiate individuals at a 99.999% accuracy rate. Boasting industry-leading on-device liveness detection and anti-spoofing algorithms, TrulySecure makes it nearly impossible for an imposter to gain access to a protected device or app. Mitigating the security concerns of competing facial recognition technologies, TrulySecure runs completely on device, stores biometric profiles as highly encrypted irreversible code, and never sends biometric data over the internet.

“Data and device security are extremely important decision factors when it comes to purchasing a smartphone,” said Todd Mozer, CEO at Sensory. “We’re excited to be working with HMD Global to outfit the latest Nokia smartphones with powerful on-device facial recognition-based authentication. Our technology offers users an extremely convenient means of unlocking their devices and apps, while offering extreme protection against intruders.”

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 UX 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. To date, Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products.

 

Sensory Named #5 on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies 2019 List

February 20, 2019

Sensory for its ‘AI at the Edge’ technologies take top ten spot in the 50 most innovative companies list

Santa Clara, Calif., – February 20, 2019 – Sensory, a Silicon Valley-based company focused on improving the user experience and security of consumer electronics through state-of-the-art embedded AI technologies, today announces its inclusion in Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies 2019” edition. Sensory ranked as the fifth most innovative company in the Consumer Electronics category. Last years top 5 innovative companies in the consumer electronics categories included Apple, Amazon, Nintendo, Peloton and Sony.

“It is a tremendous honor to have made Fast Company’s ‘World’s Most Innovative Companies’ list this year. Sensory has been helping great companies like Amazon, Google, LG, Motorola, Plantronics, Samsung and many others create highly innovative products, so it’s nice that the core technology behind the innovation is being recognized,” said Todd Mozer, CEO at Sensory.

Since its founding in 1994, Sensory has pioneered the use of neural networks for on-device AI, with a variety of technology offerings, including natural language recognition, wake words, large vocabulary speech recognition, computer vision and biometric authentication. In the early 2010s, Sensory started the voice revolution by enabling the first completely hands-free, wake word enabled smartphone, the Moto X. This was the first time a wake word activated voice assistant was engineered for low-power operation on a mobile device.

Fast forward to 2019, Sensory has become the global leader in enabling voice assistants, having shipped its TrulyHandsfreeTM technology in more than two billion smart assistant devices around the world, and more than 3 billion devices and apps total. Beyond wake words and voice command and control, Sensory has also made it possible to move face and voice authentication processing from of the cloud to the edge with its TrulySecureTM technology, making face or voice authentication faster, safer and more secure. Today Sensory is bringing edge-based natural language voice interaction to cars, consumer electronics, apps and more with TrulyNaturalTM, a powerful, small footprint speech recognition engine capable of natural language recognition. This technology will enable app developers and device makers to integrate a fully voice-controlled natural language user experience into their products without ever sending user voice data over the internet – ensuring total user privacy.

With Sensory’s technology having shipped in more than two-billion product globally, the company has solidified its position as a market leader for AI-at-the-Edge solutions, and continues to raise the bar for performance, accuracy and user experience in all of its product categories.

This year, Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out groundbreaking businesses across 35 industries and every region. They also judged nominations received through their application process.

The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March-April 2019) is now available online at https://www.fastcompany.com/MIC, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning February 27th. The hashtag is #fcmostinnovative.

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

About Sensory
Sensory Inc. creates a safer and superior UX 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. Sensory’s product line includes TrulyHandsfree voice control, TrulySecure biometric authentication, and TrulyNatural large vocabulary natural language embedded speech recognition. Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products.

TrulyHandsfree, TrulyNatural, TrulySecure and VoiceGenie are trademarks of Sensory Inc.

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Sensory Acquires Vocalize.ai for Speech Technology Testing Capabilities

February 13, 2019

Vocalize.ai to remain independent source for benchmarking speech products and technologies

Santa Clara, California, – February 13, 2019 – Sensory Inc., a Silicon Valley company that pioneered speech recognition and AI in consumer electronics today announced the acquisition of Vocalize.ai, a software tools and services company that performs benchmarking, accuracy assessments and bias evaluations for speech technologies and natural language interfaces. As part of the acquisition, Sensory will maintain Vocalize.ai as an independently operated division.

According to Sensory CEO Todd Mozer, “Sensory has always done in-house technology testing through simulations. However, we saw a growing need for an independent testing source that wasn’t influenced by our data or testing methods, that could also provide more real world, black-box testing. Vocalize.ai offers exactly what we needed and was in fact tremendously helpful in shaping our new TrulyHandsfree 6.0 release.”

There has always been a gap between the testing that technology companies do in simulated environments and the real world performance of the end product when the right microphones, product housing, memory and MIPS constraints, and sound processing technologies are added. Vocalize.ai helps to close this gap with the ability to assess technology and product performance.

Joe Murphy, Vocalize.ai CEO said, “As more companies add voice to their products, there is growing need for an independent evaluation service and software tools that ensure a quality user experience. It’s exciting to have access to the deep bench of AI and machine learning talent and resources of Sensory. It is also important to recognize that Vocalize.ai will operate as an independent company under the Sensory umbrella. In this model, we will continue to provide quality evaluations and competitive benchmarking services for the entire voice-enabled industry.”

Sensory’s clients will benefit from this new relationship through discounts on Vocalize.ai services, and they will be given the option to include the testing services offered by Vocalize.ai throughout the product development process. “Our goal is to maximize the performance of our technologies, while ensuring the best possible user experience on our customers’ products! There was only so far we could take things with the technology in isolation. We believe our customers will see great value in being able to test our technologies as deployed in real-world product environment,” added Mozer.

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 UX 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. To date, Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products.

TrulyHandsfree are trademarks of Sensory Inc.

Sensory Releases Embedded AI That Allows Voice Assistants and IoT Devices to Identify a Wide Variety of Home Sounds

January 7, 2019

TrulySecure Sound ID identifies sounds within the home and can send messages to homeowners

Santa Clara, Calif., January 7, 2019 – Sensory, a Silicon Valley-based company focused on improving the user experience and security of consumer electronics through state-of-the-art embedded AI technologies, today announces TrulySecure™ Sound ID, a major breakthrough for cloud-free always listening AI that gives devices the ability to identify a variety of common and critical sounds within the home, and intelligently interpret if action needs to be taken, without the security risk of sending audio recordings to the cloud for processing.

Backed by Sensory’s 25 years of experience developing practical applications for neural networks and deep learning, TrulySecure Sound ID is capable of recognizing a variety of environmental sounds, including glass breaking, babies crying, dogs barking, home security alarms, smoke/CO alarms and low battery warnings, doorbells, knocking, snoring and more. Consumer devices could instantly warn users when these sounds occur and send the owner sound clips to better understand the situation.

“With so many voice-controlled products entering our homes, we saw an excellent opportunity to enable the microphones in these devices to do more than just listen for wake words and recognize speech,” said Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory. “With TrulySecure Sound ID, we’re making it possible for companies to create smart always-listening products that can alert us of things happening within our homes that we may not hear, and safeguard our home and family from potentially dangerous situations.”

Sharing the same distinguished qualities that make Sensory’s ‘AI at the Edge’ technologies industryleading, TrulySecure Sound ID boasts performance and privacy by performing all analyses on device. By training each specific sound profile on thousands of real-world samples, similar to how Sensory trains biometric recognition, TrulySecure Sound ID takes several discriminate factors into account when processing sounds. Sound ID learns each sound type utilizing an approach that combines deep learning model training with proprietary discriminant learning techniques, the two approaches combined produce a superior solution than either approach could achieve in isolation.

Sound ID is available today as a component of Sensory’s TrulySecure Speaker Verification (TSSV) suite of
AI solutions for smart speakers and IoT devices. Ideal for enabling smart assistants, TSSV combines:

  • Text dependent and text independent voice biometric recognition for user ID and authentication
  • Always listening wake word recognition
  • Seamless voice enrollment
  • Sound ID

All of the technologies in TSSV pose no privacy or security concerns because they run completely on device and never touch the cloud. TSSV supports all major operating systems and is hardware agnostic, offering nearly limitless implementation flexibility. Additionally, Sensory can customize TSSV to match the exact needs of its customers, enabling only the sound profiles required for specific use cases.

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

About Sensory
Sensory Inc. creates a safer and superior UX 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. Sensory’s product line includes TrulyHandsfree voice control, TrulySecure biometric authentication, and TrulyNatural large vocabulary natural language embedded speech recognition. Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products. 

TrulySecure is a trademark of Sensory Inc.

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