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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


List of Sensory’s partners:

DSP/Voice Codecs

Analog Devices

Analog Devices is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of a broad portfolio of high performance analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits (ICs) used in virtually all types of electronic equipment.
In the Analog Garage, ADI’s emerging business incubator and idea accelerator, we explore, nurture, and develop  technologies that sense, measure and connect the physical and digital.  Our mission though our voice user interface initiative is to enable every application to easily integrate robust and reliable speech input.

For further information please contact us.

Cirrus Logic

Cirrus Logic develops audio and voice components that are Engineered to Rock™ the world’s top smartphones, tablets, digital headsets, wearables and other consumer and automotive audio products.  Cirrus Logic and Sensory have partnered to enable SoundClear Control and TrulyHandsfree solutions that are featured in millions of mobile devices, resulting in a seamless and power efficient Voice Trigger and Voice Control user experience.

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DSP Group

DSP Group is a leading global provider of signal processing and wireless chipset solutions for converged communications. Leveraging 30 years of voice processing and RF communications expertise, DSP Group addresses the growing needs of emerging IoT, smart home, mobile, wearables and Wi-Fi markets. with a wide range of innovative solutions including always-on voice enhancements with ultra-low power consumption, voice enabled smart home, and unique RF CMOS capabilities.

For further information please contact:

Tali Chen
CVP, Corporate Development
Phone: +972-9-9529692
Mobile: +972-54-9225060

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Fortemedia Inc.,  focuses on developing low-power class-leading technology for mobile phones, computing, personal audio, automotive and IoT applications, providing leading edge performance in voice quality enhancement to both hands-free, hand-held, and far-field voice communications.

For further information please visit or contact

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Intel is the world’s largest supplier of semiconductors. Sensory’s industry-leading TrulyHandsfree™ technology is available as a deeply embedded port on many of Intel’s latest SoC platforms targeting the PC, tablet and smartphone industries.

For further information contact Intel.

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Knowles Corp.

Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) is a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and precision device solutions. Knowles offers a full developer platform including a Software Development Kit (SDK), plugin-based framework, example plugins, Evaluation Module (EVM), compiler toolchain, test applications, optimized DSP toolkit libraries, and comprehensive documentation. The DSP SDK is based on the familiar Tensilica toolchain and includes a chip simulator environment for easy development and debugging. Partnering with algorithm, ASR, and NLU companies, Knowles is developing an ecosystem that is pushing the boundaries of audio processing and creates a new reliable user experience.

For further information please contact

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Microchip/Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace & defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world’s standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California and has approximately 4,800 employees globally. Learn more at

Microsemi’s Timberwolf™ audio processor, combined with AcuEdge™ audio enhancement software, creates a unique platform that provides significant improvement to Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) for both embedded and cloud based ASR solutions. Microsemi’s Timberwolf™ and AcuEdge™ enhance the user experience for audio applications in connected home, IP cameras, set top boxes, wearables and many other applications.
For further information please visit

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For more than 30 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other.

Select Qualcomm DSPs support Sensory TrulyHandsfree voice triggers, phrase-spotting, and trigger to search functionality, as well as firmware implementations of LPSD.

Qualcomm’s CSR devices support Sensory BlueGenie.

QCOM DSPs that support TrulyHandsfree include:

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CSR devices:

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Realtek Semiconductor Corp. is a world leading IC provider that designs and develops a wide range of IC products for communications network, computer peripheral, and multimedia applications.

More information on Realtek can be found at

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Synaptics is the pioneer and leader of the human interface revolution, bringing innovative and intuitive user experiences to intelligent devices. Synaptics’ broad portfolio of touch, display, biometrics, voice, audio, and multimedia products is built on the company’s rich R&D, extensive IP and dependable supply chain capabilities. With solutions designed for mobile, PC, smart home, and automotive industries, Synaptics combines ease of use, functionality and aesthetics to enable products that help make our digital lives more productive, secure and enjoyable. (NASDAQ: SYNA)

For further information please go to:

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Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at

Contact Mark Nadeski


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Since its founding in 1887, the Yamaha Group has developed its business activities focusing on musical instruments, audio products, electronic components, Yamaha music schools, and other products and services related to sound and music.

For further information please refer to:

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MCU/Sensor Hubs

Ambiq Micro

Ambiq Micro was founded in 2010 on the simple yet powerful notion that extremely low power semiconductors are the key to the future of electronics. Through the use of its pioneering and patented Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT™) platform, innovative companies around the world are developing differentiated solutions that reduce or eliminate the need for batteries, lower overall system power, and maximize industrial design flexibility.

For further information please contact


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NXP Semiconductors N.V. enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets.

For further information please contact:

NXP Semiconductors

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QuickLogic is a semiconductor company which provides ultra-low power voice and sensor SoC platforms combining multi-core processing, voice recognition, smart sensor management and programmable logic (FPGA) on a single device. These products enable always-on voice control, AI Cloud Assistants and concurrent sensor processing at substantially lower power than any other MCU-based device for differentiated smartphone, wearable, hearable, BT Speaker and IoT applications.

For further information please contact:

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ST is a global semiconductor leader delivering intelligent and energy-efficient products and solutions that power the electronics at the heart of everyday life.

Further information can be found at


XMOS is a fabless semiconductor company which specialises in natural human machine interfaces. We stand at the intersection between voice processing, biometrics and artificial intelligence; with our unique silicon architecture and differentiated software, we deliver class-leading far-field voice capture and audio solutions to the worldwide consumer electronics market.

For more information please see:

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Noise Management


Accusonus is a high technology start-up focused on innovation in digital audio technologies. The company is developing embedded software products for speech enhancement that target the consumer electronics and hearing aid industries.. The company’s products are based on state-of- the-art patented and patent-pending technologies. The Focus Voice Module effectively reduces the perceived user-to-device distance when the user is away from the microphone. Our patented Focus Voice Module delivers a clear and comprehensible speech signal in applications such as speakerphones, smart devices (phones, tablets, TVs), microphone bars and IoT appliances.

Contact Information:

Alex Tsilfidis, CEO


Alango improves the quality of voice recognition by reducing noise, enhancing speech, cancelling acoustic echo and dynamically equalizing signal volume and spectrum according to dynamic acoustic conditions. Alango technologies are used in Voice activated devices, Wearables, Bluetooth headsets, Cordless phones, Hands-free automotive systems, Conferencing systems, Intercom systems, Laptops, Mobile phones, and PC and Tablets.

Alango’s Voice Enhancement Package (VEP) employs multi-microphone array technology (beamforming), echo cancellation, directional finder, and noise suppression to dramatically improve far-field voice pick-up and enable voice activated hubs or appliances to “hear” the voice in real world conditions with robust performance. Alango’s Stereo Echo Canceller (SEC) allows voice commands to be “heard” during music playback.


Robert Schrager

Andrea Electronics Corporation

Andrea Electronics Corporation designs, develops and manufactures array microphones and audio input algorithms for enhancing applications requiring high quality voice input.
The company’s patented Digital Super Directional Array (DSDA™), Direction Finding & Tracking (DFTA), PureAudio™ and EchoStop™ far-field microphone technologies enhance a wide range of products to eliminate background noise and ensure the optimum performance of voice driven applications.

Andrea’s DSDA is a multi-microphone adaptive beam former for directional far-field voice pickup. DFTA determines the direction of the desired voice signal and automatically steers the beam to it. PureAudio is a wide bandwidth digital noise reduction algorithm. EchoStop is a full duplex and stereo acoustic echo cancelling algorithm.

For further information please contact:

Douglas Andrea
Andrea Electronics Corp.
620 Johnson Ave. Suite 1B
Bohemia, N.Y, 11716
(631) 719-1800

DSP Concepts

DSP Concepts,Inc. is an all software Amazon Qualified supplier of microphone processing solutions. Our solutions are highly optimized for Cortex-A SoCs and Cortex-M processors and scalable for low powered hearable/wearable devices to high performance high end audio products.

We can help you with front end processing technology to enhance better voice UI providing very high SNR interference noise cancellation of up to -30dB, mono and multi-channel AEC of up to -40dB.

We also help customers get products to market faster with microphone array designs, hardware validation tools, real-time tuning tools, and factory calibration tools with our Audio Weaver development platform.

DSP solutions are in well known leading brands and shipped in millions of products. We can help you create wind-noise reduction to playback enhancement solutions to make products that delight your customers.

Contact us at

Limes Audio

Limes Audio provides proven and patented technology for speech quality improvement, including acoustic echo cancellation and noise reduction. We also have the full range of expertise required to build complete endpoints, including hardware, for voice control or conferencing applications.

Limes Audio’s TrueVoice software has excellent performance as a pre-processor for voice activation during music playback (barge-in functionality), in noisy environments and in far-field applications. Functions include acoustic echo cancellation, non-linear processing, noise reduction, automatic gain control, automatic microphone mixing and beamforming.

Please contact  Tord Nybleus, VP Sales, for more information related to your intended application.

Meeami Technologies

Meeami Technologies, a spin-off of the former media processing and real-time communications group of Imagination Technologies, is the recognized leader in IP Communications and Voice IoT technology platforms for voice, video and messaging applications.

• ClearVoice offers industry-leading advanced far-field voice processing software for Voice IoT applications like Amazon Alexa (AVS) and other similar VPA/Personal Assistant AIs like Microsoft Cortana, Google Assistant, and other voice-based UI/UXs. The ClearVoice softDSP far-field audio front-end (FF-AFE) software provides multi-mic beamforming, AEC, Noise Cancellation for voice enhancement of ASRs.

Contact Doug Makishima


MightyWorks  specializes in audio and voice processing technologies for mobile, automotive, Bluetooth accessories and home assistant applications. MightyWorks has provided SRE™(Speech Recognition Enhancer) technology, which improves speech recognition success rates in automotive and mobile environments by up to 50%p. MightyWorks also offers AudioZoom™ technology for smartphone, which captures the sound from the desired direction, while reducing interfering sounds.

Contact Information:


Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting.
Philips BeClear Speech Enhancement technology delivers crisp and clear premium voice quality. It enables relaxed and effortless communication for cutting edge voice applications including long range voice control of Smart Home appliances and conferencing devices.

For more information on Philips’ Licensing Program please refer to the website.

IP Cores


The Arm comprehensive product offering includes 32-bit and 64-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies.

For further information please contact:

Global HQ
Arm Ltd.
110 Fulbourn Road
General Contact Details
Tel: +44 (1223) 400 400
Fax: +44 (1223) 400 410

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Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today’s integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware, IP and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products and its services is available

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CEVA is the leading licensor of signal processing IP for a smarter, connected world. We partner with semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide to create power-efficient, intelligent and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and IoT.  Our ultra-low-power IPs include comprehensive DSP-based platforms for audio/voice/speech and ultra-low power always-on/sensing applications for multiple markets.

Visit us at and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

For further information please contact:

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Synopsys accelerates innovation in the global electronics market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP, its software, IP and services help engineers address their design, verification, system, and manufacturing challenges. Its broad, silicon-proven DesignWare® IP portfolio for system-on-chip (SoC) designs includes logic libraries, embedded memories, embedded test, analog IP, wired and wireless interface IP, security IP, embedded processors and subsystems.

Learn more at

For further information please contact:

Allen Watson
Product Marketing Manager
Synopsys, Inc.
690 East Middlefield Road,
Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

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VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Silicon Platform as a Service (SiPaaS™) company that provides IP-centric, platform based custom silicon solutions and end-to-end semiconductor turnkey services for a wide range of applications across a wide variety of end markets including mobile internet devices, datacenters, the Internet of Things (IoT), wearable electronics, smart homes, and automotive.

For further information please contact:

Paul Werp
VP of Sales, North America

VeriSilicon, Inc.
2150 Gold Street, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95002
Tel: (408) 844-8560
Fax: (408) 844-8563

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Samsung Artik

The SAMSUNG ARTIK platform has been developed through work led by the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC). SSIC is a global organization with the core missions of open innovation in collaboration with entrepreneurs and strategic partners, investments in disruptive technologies and startups, and new business creation through M&A and partnerships. With offices in Silicon Valley, Korea, Israel, France and the U.K., SSIC’s focus areas include cloud infrastructure, smart health, Internet of Things, and smart machines.

For further information please contact


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