Is Sensory an AI Company?

Since its inception, Sensory has been at the forefront of innovation in voice recognition technology. 

Initially tackling the challenge of enabling low cost speech recognition on resource-constrained devices, Sensory introduced the RSC-164 in 1994. This groundbreaking microcontroller, inspired by Intel’s 8051™ core, boasted 2KB of RAM and 64KB of ROM (yes that is “KB”!), a marvel for its time, achieving speech recognition with just 4 MIPS at 14.32 MHz, and winning EDN Magazine’s Product of the Year Award in 1995.  The chip used a special purpose feed forward neural net simulation to improve upon the traditional Hidden Markov Modeling approaches with lower processing needs and higher accuracy. These advancements fueled the success of consumer products ranging from toys and games to cordless phones and alarm clocks, and the RSC-164 became the first commercially successful speech recognition chip!

Transitioning in the early 2000s with the acquisition of Fluent Speech Technology, Sensory migrated to an embedded software model, leveraging partnerships with leading IC manufacturers. This shift allowed for a deeper focus on refining its core technologies.

Today, Sensory’s repertoire includes a state-of-the-art edge software for speech recognition, natural language understanding, computer vision, sound identification, and biometric security—all deployable on-device. Sensory’s pioneer wake word technology, TrulyHandfree,  is synonymous with excellence industry wide for its low-power and high accuracy. To date, Sensory’s AI based technologies have shipped in over 3 billion devices worldwide, marking Sensory as a global leader in user interface technology.

Is Sensory an AI company?

According to a popular generative AI engine; “An AI company develops or uses artificial intelligence to create products or services.”  So, Yes, absolutely Sensory is an AI company.  The feats achieved with the RSC-164 microcontroller are foundational to today’s AI technologies. In today’s nomenclature, the RSC platform would be considered a special purpose inference engine. Sensory continues to lead the AI discourse, especially in domains like on-device domain specific Large Language Models and cognitive arbitration to select between on-device domains and cloud-based Generative AI. The SensoryAutomotive platform is a testament to this, offering a state-of-the-art cockpit user experience.

Sensory’s journey from a speech recognition chip pioneer to a comprehensive AI solutions provider underscores its enduring legacy and innovation in artificial intelligence.