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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

Employment

Sensory offers an exciting opportunity at a growing technology company targeting consumer products with cutting edge speech and facial recognition technologies. Sensory is the leader in a growing market for voice user interfaces in consumer electronics. Notable Sensory specialties are voice interfaces for mobile communications, entertainment robotics, home automation and automotive. Sensory has design wins with major players in all these fields.

Sensory is always seeking the best talent to drive our company’s success. If you are interested in current or future opportunities, please follow the steps below:

Please indicate the job code you are interested in and email your cover letter and resume to careers@sensoryinc.com

*Sensory is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes from third party agencies or recruiters not associated with Sensory.*

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Equal Employment Opportunity
Sensory considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class.

Positions:

Senior Research Scientist

Job Code: 20-02
Location: Boulder, CO

Since 2013, the Vision Technologies team has developed and deployed innovative biometric solutions that leverage the latest in deep-learning methodologies to millions of consumer devices. We pride ourselves with developing highly efficient and on-device embedded technologies that perform at state-of-the-art levels while protecting the privacy of our end-users.
As a Senior Research Scientist within Sensory’s Vision Technologies team, you will have the opportunity to bring your intelligence and help us to continue driving face biometrics in new and exciting directions. As a member of our team, we are looking for an individual with strong skills in machine learning, computer vision and mobile hardware to join our small team of outstanding researchers and developers in downtown Boulder, CO. You will have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge technologies for face biometrics and audiovisual fusion while shaping the development and deployment of our SDKs enabling a wide-range of human-computer interfaces.

Performance Objectives

Here’s what you’ll do when you join the Sensory Vision Technologies team:

  • Optimize vision-based machine learning algorithms for mobile and DSP applications
  • Develop novel deep-learning solutions for object detection and computer-vision problems associated with face recognition tasks including expression analysis, eye tracking and demographic analysis.
  • Collaborate with in-house voice recognition experts developing novel solutions that combine voice and vision-based signals
  • Collaborate with a local team of software developers to integrate machine learning and computer vision solutions into Sensory’s TrulySecure SDK

Qualifications

For us, qualifications are whatever enables you to meet (and exceed) your performance objectives. We’re not going to specify a number of years of experience, or tell you what degree you must have, but we expect you will have significant computational and deep learning experience. You should highlight the relevance of your particular technical background in your cover letter along with your comments on the following characteristics of successful candidates for this position:

  • You are a natural leader and a great communicator. You enjoy presenting your research work and collaborating with other researchers to find innovative and efficient solutions to challenging problems.
  • You love working with big data and enjoy the challenges of designing algorithms that work at scale and deploying them as commercializable solutions.
  • You are familiar with state-of-the-art deep learning techniques and have hands-on experience deploying deep-learning solutions in compute-limited environments.
  • You have experience optimizing machine-learning algorithms for mobile (Android, iOS) and embedded platforms (DSP, IoT devices, etc.) and relish implementing those algorithms in ways that exploit individual device capabilities.

Culture

  • The Sensory Vision team uses an iterative/agile development methodology (borrowing from Scrum), and you will be a key contributor in the entire development cycle.
  • At Sensory, we put a great deal of emphasis on collaboration and maintaining an open working environment – having great coworkers is one of the biggest determinants for enjoying your work, and we take our enjoyment of work very seriously.
  • Your opinions matter. We’re driven by technology and innovation, and we look to the smartest, most passionate people on the team as the source of ideas.

About Sensory

Sensory, Inc. is a profitable, fast-growing private company that licenses cutting edge speech and vision technologies to consumer electronics manufacturers. Our technologies have shipped in over a billion units from hundreds of leading consumer product companies like Hasbro, LG, Mattel, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. Sensory’s mission is to improve the way humans interact with consumer products by designing highly accurate, low-cost, low-current, small-footprint speech and vision solutions that work!

Senior Software Engineer

Job Code: 20-01
Location: Boulder, CO

Since 2013, the Vision Technologies team has developed and deployed innovative biometric solutions that leverage the latest in deep-learning methodologies to millions of consumer devices. We pride ourselves with developing highly efficient and on-device embedded technologies that perform at state-of-the-art levels while protecting the privacy of our end-users.
As a Senior Software Engineer within Sensory’s Vision Technologies team, you will have the opportunity to bring your intelligence and help us to continue driving face and voice biometrics in new and exciting directions. As a member of our team, we are looking for an individual with strong skills in both application development and devops to join our small team of outstanding researchers and developers in downtown Boulder, CO. You will have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge mobile and desktop applications while shaping the development and deployment of our TrulySecure biometric SDK.

Performance Objectives

Here’s what you’ll do when you join the Sensory Vision team:

  • Develop innovative technology demos across a wide range of platforms (Android, iOS, Desktop, Web) to bring Sensory’s advanced technologies into everyday use.
  • Extend and develop new software infrastructure for the Vision team
  • Assist in developing new features and APIs within our TrulySecure biometric SDK
  • Work closely with Sensory’s outstanding Vision researchers to understand the technologies and bring them into real products.
  • Help maintain and improve our CI/CD framework

Qualifications

For us, qualifications are whatever enables you to meet (and exceed) your performance objectives. So we’re not going to specify a number of years of experience, or tell you what degree you must have. But here are a few things that should come through on your resume:

  • You relish working full-stack and avoid getting pigeonholed. At Sensory, when we say full-stack that includes implementing C++ biometrics APIs, showing them off with Android Java camera/microphone UI code and running tests in Python.
  • You will be working on a wide variety of platforms (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux) and you relish the opportunity to move back and forth.
  • You have a strong understanding of high level languages – C++ would be a great start, while Java, Objective-C, Python or others are helpful.
  • You aren’t afraid of continuous integration tooling such as Gitlab CI, Docker, Vagrant, and VirtualBox and enjoy challenges of cross-platform software development.
  • You understand the challenges that go with creating a real product that will be used by consumers.
  • You’ve worked in team environments before, and you appreciate the value that a team-based approach brings to solving complex problems.
  • You understand the software development process and the tools that are typically used, and care not only about the code that is written but also the process by which we get there.
  • You have an interest in computer vision, biometrics or other related research areas.

Culture

  • The Sensory Vision team uses an iterative/agile development methodology (borrowing heavily from Scrum), and you will be a key contributor in the entire development cycle.
  • At Sensory, we put a great deal of emphasis on collaboration and maintaining an open working environment – having great coworkers is one of the biggest determinants for enjoying your work, and we take our enjoyment of work very seriously.
  • Your opinions matter. We’re driven by technology and innovation, and we look to the smartest, most passionate people on the team as the source of ideas.

About Sensory

Sensory, Inc. is a profitable, fast-growing private company that licenses cutting edge speech and vision technologies to consumer electronics manufacturers. Our technologies have shipped in over a billion units from hundreds of leading consumer product companies like Hasbro, LG, Mattel, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. Sensory’s mission is to improve the way humans interact with consumer products by designing highly accurate, low-cost, low-current, small-footprint speech and vision solutions that work!

 

 

Technologist - Position B

Job Code: 13-04
Location: Portland, OR

Qualifications

  • Strong background in pattern recognition (e.g. speech, vision etc), or related field
  • Ability to develop and implement new or derived algorithms within the limitations of low-power and embedded platforms
  • Ability to prosper and work collaboratively with an innovative technology development team
  • A generalist, rather than a specialist, with proven ability to learn from related fields

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Contributing to research and development of Sensory’s embedded speech recognition algorithms

Requirements

  • Ph.D. with a focus on pattern recognition or statistical modeling preferred; master’s degree required
  • Demonstrated ability to lead technology evolution with disciplined processes shown by papers and past accomplishments required
  • Demonstrated ability in pattern recognition systems required
  • Strong knowledge of C required

Preferences

  • Fundamental understanding of signal processing preferred
  • Strong knowledge of Tcl and/or other scripting language preferred
  • 3 or more years of experience in industry preferred

*Sensory is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes from third party agencies or recruiters not associated with Sensory.*

Sensory is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer Minorities/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V)

Senior Research Technologist - Position A

Job Code: 12-06

Qualifications

  • Strong background in large-vocabulary continuous-speech recognition
  • Experience in porting algorithms to embedded processor and mobile platforms
  • Ability to develop and implement new or derived algorithms within the limitations of low-power and embedded platforms
  • Ability to prosper and work collaboratively with an innovative technology development team

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Driving research and development of robust parsing in Sensory’s large vocabulary continuous speech recognition system
  • Contributing to research and development of language modeling components of Sensory’s technology
  • Contributing to research and development of grammar-directed search and information retrieval components of Sensory’s technology
  • Porting and supporting porting of applicable technologies to embedded platforms, including different processors, memory subsystems, operating systems (or lack thereof) and audio channels
  • Quoting projects to develop new technologies or port existing technologies

Requirements and Preferences

  • Ph.D. with a focus on speech recognition or related field preferred; master’s degree required
  • Demonstrated ability to lead technology evolution with disciplined processes shown by papers and past accomplishments required.
  • Demonstrated ability in speech recognition systems required.
  • Fundamental understanding of computer architecture required.
  • Strong knowledge of C required.
  • Strong knowledge of Tcl and/or other scripting language preferred.
  • 3 or more years of experience in the speech recognition industry preferred.

*Sensory is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes from third party agencies or recruiters not associated with Sensory.*

Sensory is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer Minorities/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V)

Senior Research Technologist - Position B

Job Code: 12-07

Qualifications

  • Strong background in large-vocabulary continuous-speech recognition
  • Experience in porting algorithms to embedded processor and mobile platforms
  • Ability to develop and implement new or derived algorithms within the limitations of low-power and embedded platforms
  • Ability to prosper and work collaboratively with an innovative technology development team

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Driving research and development of noise-robust front end of Sensory’s speech recognition systems
  • Developing state-of-the-art, novel algorithms for noise-robust and minimal-footprint speech recognition systems
  • Porting and supporting porting of applicable technologies to embedded platforms, including different processors, memory subsystems, operating systems (or lack thereof) and audio channels
  • Quoting projects to develop new technologies or port existing technologies

Requirements and Preferences

  • Ph.D. with a focus on speech recognition or related field preferred; master’s degree required
  • Demonstrated ability to lead technology evolution with disciplined processes shown by papers and past accomplishments required.
  • Demonstrated ability in speech recognition systems required.
  • Fundamental understanding of computer architecture required.
  • Strong knowledge of C required.
  • Strong knowledge of Tcl and/or other scripting language preferred.
  • 3 or more years of experience in the speech recognition industry preferred.

*Sensory is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes from third party agencies or recruiters not associated with Sensory.*

Sensory is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer Minorities/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V)

 

Senior Research Technologist - Position C

Job Code: 12-08

Qualifications

  • Strong background in large-vocabulary continuous-speech recognition
  • Experience in porting algorithms to embedded processor and mobile platforms
  • Ability to develop and implement new or derived algorithms within the limitations of low-power and embedded platforms
  • Ability to prosper and work collaboratively with an innovative technology development team

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Driving research and development to improve quality of acoustic modeling within limitations of wide-ranging systems, from very small to very large footprints
  • Porting and supporting porting of applicable technologies to embedded platforms, including different processors, memory subsystems, operating systems (or lack thereof) and audio channels
  • Quoting projects to develop new technologies or port existing technologies

Requirements and Preferences

  • Ph.D. with a focus on speech recognition or related field preferred; master’s degree required
  • Demonstrated ability to lead technology evolution with disciplined processes shown by papers and past accomplishments required.
  • Demonstrated ability in speech recognition systems required.
  • Fundamental understanding of computer architecture required.
  • Strong knowledge of C required.
  • Strong knowledge of Tcl and/or other scripting language preferred.
  • 3 or more years of experience in the speech recognition industry preferred.

*Sensory is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes from third party agencies or recruiters not associated with Sensory.*

Sensory is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer Minorities/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V)