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

    Jeffrey Van Camp,
  • "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."

  • "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?) "

  • "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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Samsung Partners With Sensory For Face/Voice Biometrics
  • 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,
  • 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.’

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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

    Mike Feibus, usatoday

BlueGenie™ Voice Interface for Bluetooth® Mono and Stereo Headsets, and Hands-Free Car Kits!

BlueGenie™ Voice Interface Enables the Safest, Most User-Friendly & Feature Rich Bluetooth Devices

Sensory’s BlueGenie Voice Interface solution for CSR’s BlueCore5 and CSR8670 chips allows manufacturers of Bluetooth enabled Headsets and Hands-Free Car Kits to implement full voice recognition, augmented with natural sounding speech prompts and Caller ID names in their solutions. This enables a dramatic leap forward in user friendliness in removing the historic need for confusing button presses, LED flashes, tone beeps, and manually interacting with the phone while driving.

Typical Bluetooth headset users frequently take their eyes off the road to look at the phone’s display to determine Caller ID before answering, or to determine headset connection status, or to locate and push buttons for speed-dial calling. Sensory is leading the way by enabling the market to move to a ‘hands on the wheel, eyes on the road’ usage model called TrulyHandsfree™ that dramatically improves safety and features while also reducing user confusion at the same time.

BlueGenie Voice Interface – Technology Suite:

  1. Speaker Independent Voice Recognition
    • With no user training required, enable simple voice commands to replace confusing button pushes and control operations such as pairing, connection, dialing, battery check and other operations. The user can always ask for help with the command “What Can I Say?”
    • In products using dual microphones, Sensory has integrated a beamforming technology into its recognition system to improve performance in noise by ~ 7 dB. With other recognition or beamformers this is not possible because the memory size is too constrained. As a result the Sensory recognizer performs noticeably better in noise than any competing solution.
  2. Small Footprint Text-to-Speech (TTS)
    • For systems with access to the Caller ID name, our TTS solution can inform the user of the caller’s name with a highly intelligible synthesized pronunciation before letting the user answer or ignore the call with a simple voice command.
    • Sensory’s TTS can be custom morphed so that any voice in any language can be used as a male, female, adult, child, or alien sounds. No longer do Bluetooth product manufacturers need to approach the carriers with “the same old voice”. Sensory customers can adjust and create their own custom settings and TTS voice so that their voice is unique and different than others quickly, easily and with no extra costs
    • Sensory’s TTS morphing technology can be applied in realtime during phone calls, creating a fun and exciting new use of a headset for a younger game-friendly audience. It can also enhance safety by disguising a voice during communications.
  3. TrulyHandsfree™ Continuous Listening Voice Trigger
    • Never force the user to take their hands off the wheel and eyes of the road to reach up, locate a specific button, and press it. Any car kit can be “truly hands-free” with the user simply having to say a command such as “Hello BlueGenie” to wake up the system to listen for an operational voice command.
    • Sensory’s patented phrase spotting technology used in TrulyHandsfree™ mode also significantly improves performance of customized commands sets used in heavy noise. When a phone call comes in and the BlueGenie enabled device is listening for “Answer” or “Ignore”, it must overcome the load noise created by the ring tones in the background. The new phrase spot Answer/Ignore solves this difficult issue and allows hands-free phone answering (or rejection) without the problems of other technologies. This technology is available in over 20 languages.
  4. SX Compressed Voice Synthesis
    • Sensory has in-house technologies for high quality offline recording and compression of speech to a compact size that can be decompressed on a Bluetooth chip, to exact replication of any spoken person. Data rates vary with compression technique between 8Kbps and 32Kbps.
    • Replace confusing LED flashes and beeps with a natural sounding voice completely customizable to give a headset or car kit its own unique “personality”. Pairing help, connection and battery status, confirmation of calling operations, and other useful help prompts help ensure the user never has to open the user guide, call tech support, or return the device because they were confused by the user interface.

BlueGenie Application Suite:

The BlueGenie application suite was developed from years of experience in satisfying customer desires and user interface requirements. It is designed for working within the constraints of the CSR system.
These applications are provided in source code with sample applications for our customers. We offer programming flows, and all required recognition vocabularies and synthesis prompts to quickly implement BlueGenie products and bring them to market.

  1. BlueGenie Voice Interface for Mono Headsets
    • Caller ID by number or name with hands-free answer/ignore
    • Greeting and help prompts guide the user through setup and connection
    • Voice command for Connection status of headset & reconnect
    • Calling commands for Redial, Call Back, Call Information, and Call Favorites (to dial speed dial functions)
    • Voice command access to start phone based name dial
    • Check battery command informs user of both headset and handset battery level
    • Settings Menu to add user configuration by voice
    • Integrates with most 3rd party CSR Extension Noise Reduction solutions
  2. BlueGenie Voice Interface for Stereo Headsets
    • Support all BlueGenie for Mono headset functions
    • Adds A2DP & AVRCP support
    • Enables voice commands for basic AVRCP functions such as Play, Fast Forward, Rewind, etc.
    • Enables feature rich, highly user friendly 3 button design
    • Voice command access to start phone based name dial
    • Settings Menu to add user friendly additional music configuration for Surround Sound, Tone, etc.
  3. BlueGenie Voice Interface for TrulyHandsfree™ Car Kits
    • Supports all BlueGenie for Mono headset functions, optimized for car kit acoustics
    • Enables feature rich, highly user-friendly 3 button design
    • Voice command access to start phone based recognition
    • Supports Voice Trigger for hands-free, eyes-free operation

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BlueGenie™ Technology Suite – Product Brief
BlueGenie Voice Interface Backgrounder

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Sensory Inc’s BlueGenie Voice Interface: Truly Hands-Free Demo
Sensory Inc’s BlueGenie Voice Interface: Truly Hands-Free Demo