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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

RSC-4x ToolKits

Sensory’s RSC-4x family of integrated circuits offers state-of-the-art speech technologies as well as a general purpose microcontroller in a single low-cost chip. To fully take advantage of these capabilities, Sensory has partnered with Phyton to create an unprecedented array of development tool options depending upon your budget and preferred programming environment. This comprehesive suite of development tools offers power and flexibility for creating fast, risk-free embedded speech applications quickly on the RSC-4x platform.

All chip programming is done under the Project-SE Phyton IDE (Integrated Development Environment), and requires the FluentChip™ Libraries and QuickSynthesis™ 4 tools. The Phyton IDE, FluentChip™ libraries and QuickSynthesis™4 tools are provided free of charge with any toolkit purchase, or for downloading after submitting the downloads registration form. Please note that Phyton’s C Compiler and Sensory’s Quick T2SI™ software are not free and must be licensed separately. Phyton Tools must be purchased from Phyton directly.


Development and Prototyping Platforms

Sensory offers a variety of development platforms depending upon your budgetary needs and the scope of the final project. For developers wishing to become familiar with Sensory’s speech technologies quickly and inexpensively, the RSC-4x Demo/Evaluation Toolkit is a great place to start.

RSC-4x Demo/Evaluation Toolkit

Sensory’s RSC-4x Demo/Evaluation Toolkit along with the free Phyton Macro Assembler provided with the Project-SE IDE is the lowest cost debug environment and code writing platform. Download the Project-SE and order the toolkit by fax from Sensory.

RSC-4x Demo/Evaluation Toolkit with Phyton C Compiler

Sensory’s RSC-4x Demo/Evaluation Toolkit along with the Phyton C Compiler offers the most efficient code production tools on the lowest cost debug environment. Order the Toolkit from Sensory, and the C Compiler from Phyton.

Phyton PICE-SE, RSC-4x Target Toolkit

The Phyton PICE (Phyton In-Circuit Emulator) coupled with the RSC-4x Target Toolkit and Phyton’s Macro Assembler is an excellent choice for machine language programmers, offering the most efficient on-the-fly debugging environment and lowest cost code production platform. Order the PICE from Phyton, and the RSC-4x Target Toolkit from Sensory.

Phyton PICE, RSC-4x Target Toolkit with Phyton C Compiler

The Phyton PICE coupled with the RSC-4x Target Toolkit and Phyton’s C Compiler is the most powerful option, offering the most efficient on-the-fly debugging environment as well as the best code production platform. Order the PICE from Phyton, and the RSC-4x Target Toolkit from Sensory.

Development Software
FluentChip™ with QuickSynthesis™ 4

This latest release of Sensory’s core technology libraries offers Speaker Dependent and Speaker Independent Recognition, Speech, Music and DTMF Synthesis, Speaker Verification, Continuous Listening, Word Spotting, Record and Play, and Interactive Robotic features such as TimeSet, LipSync, SonicNet, and more.
Register to get your copy now!

Phyton Project-SE IDE

The Phyton Project-SE IDE provides the software environment for programming all RSC-4x chips. The public domain portion of the IDE includes an editor, an MCA-SE macro assembler, and PDS-SE software debugger/simulator. The IDE also supports Phyton’s MCC-SE C compiler and PICE-SE in-circuit emulator. The Project-SE is available for downloading from the Phyton website.

Phyton C Compiler

The Phyton MCC-SE C Compiler produces compact and effective code, and provides more than 100 ANSI C library functions and RSC-4x runtime support libraries with source files. The compiler comes with a 14 day trial period from Phyton, after which it must be licensed to continue working.

Quick T2SI™ with International Language Support

Develop speaker independent vocabularies from text-based input in multiple languages quickly and efficiently with Sensory’s revolutionary T2SI™ technology. The Quick T2SI™ tool is available as an add-on to any RSC-4x development platform, and is also sold in its own development toolkit complete with an RSC-4x Demo/Evaluation Board. Contact Sensory Sales for more information.

Sensory Toolkit Contents
& QS4
Project-SE IDEQuick T2SI™Phyton
RSC-4x Demo/
Evaluation Board
RSC-4x Target BoardRSC-4x RPMRSC-4x MPB
RSC-4x Demo/
Evaluation Toolkit
RSC-4x Target Toolkit**optoptn/a*optopt
Quick T2SI™ Toolkit***opt*n/aoptopt

* = included; n/a = not applicable; opt = optional purchase not included with toolkit

Toolkit Descriptions
RSC-4x Demo/Evaluation Toolkit

Sensory’s standard development platform contains everything (RSC-4x Demo/Evaluation Board, FluentChip™ CD, Speech Tools, Speaker, USB cable and U.S. power supply) needed to evaluate Sensory technologies and develop simple speech recognition projects. Order from Sensory.

RSC-4x Target Toolkit

Similar to the RSC-4x Demo/Evaluation Toolkit but contains an RSC-4x Target Board instead of the RSC-4x Demo/Evaluation Board. This toolkit allows the Phyton PICE to be connected to an experimental prototyping environment with full input and output support including microphone, preamplification, and various memories (RAM, ROM, and flash). Order from Sensory.

Quick T2SI™ Toolkit

Sensory’s Quick T2SI™ Toolkit brings unprecedented flexibility and speed in developing speaker independent speech recognition sets. This kit includes PC based Quick T2SI™ IDE (available now-contact Sensory Sales for more info) that allows the typing of vocabularies which can be edited, tested, fine-tuned and downloaded onto the included RSC-4x Demo/Evaluation Board. Order from Sensory.

Phyton In-Circuit Emulator (PICE-SE)

The Phyton In-Circuit Emulator is most powerful programming option for the RSC-4x family. It is designed to be mounted on the RSC-4x Target Board, and provides real-time non-intrusive emulation for all members of the RSC4x family and “On-the-fly” access to the code memory, shadow memory, breakpoints, tracer and timer. Order from Phyton.

Additional Development Tools
RSC-4x Module Programming Board (MPB)

The RSC-4x Module Programming Board (MPB) is designed for downloading code to Sensory’s Rapid Prototyping Module and VR Stamp. It has a standard 40-pin DIP Socket for the module, and interfaces to a Windows PC via USB. The MPB can be ordered by fax.