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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

Sensory Boosts Speech Recognition Accuracy 80% by Adding Deep Learning to TrulyHandsfree Platform

Santa Clara, Calif., – August 6, 2015 – New speech extraction techniques allow spoken commands to cut through real-world noise with Sensory’s industry-leading ultra-low power speech recognition technology.

Sensory, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based company focused on improving the user experience and security of consumer electronics through state-of-the-art embedded voice and vision technologies, today announced TrulyHandsfreeTM 4.0, the next evolution of the company’s extremely successful embedded small-footprint voice user interface platform. Compared to previous versions of TrulyHandsfree, version 4.0 with deep learning offers improved performance and up to an 80 percent increase in word accuracy1. TrulyHandsfree 4.0 offers filterbank features as an alternative to MFCC features, along with new phrase spotting techniques. These additions have contributed greatly to the improvement of the technology’s overall performance. It also contains Sensory’s new neural net engine that supports deep learning acoustic models, dramatically improving speech recognition accuracy in real-world noise.

TrulyHandsfree 4.0 was designed to take advantage of deep learning and other cutting edge techniques to improve the TrulyHandsfree platforms overall performance and accuracy. Sensory uses a unique form of a neural net with deep learning to achieve acoustic models an order of magnitude smaller than the present state-of-the-art. These neural nets employ the most recent breakthroughs in speech feature extraction to produce superior accuracy in noisy environments. Combining this with the latest in filterbank speech features, overall accuracy is improved across the board, while new spotting techniques ensure that the core part of the user’s spoken request can be recognized in the middle of speech, or when surrounded by ambient noise. Most impressively, the technology is able to fully operate with less than a 2mA draw on the battery, and as low as 1mA with Sensory’s low power sound detection intellectual property.

Summary of TrulyHandsfree 4.0 Performance Improvements:

  • Addition of larger deep learning acoustic models providing substantially higher accuracy
  • New algorithms that overcome reverb and harsh acoustic environments
  • Advanced filterbank features that improve front-end speech feature extraction
  • Fully compatible with TrulyNatural; enables seamless handoff from TrulyHandsfree to TrulyNatural processors
  • Enhanced architectural scalability allows for low-power DSP implementations with secondary accuracy improvements at the operating system level

“TrulyHandsfree was an industry-first that literally changed the way people interact with devices of all kinds,” said Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory, Inc. “Many thought it was impossible to create an always-listening voice user interface, that had both accuracy and low power, but Sensory did it, and the industry has followed but trailed in performance. TrulyHandsfree 4.0 takes performance to a whole new level with an accuracy, footprint and power consumption that others just can’t touch.”

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree trigger technology has quickly become the most widely adopted keyword spotting technology in the speech industry. Over a billion products utilizing Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree have shipped over the past several years from manufacturers such as BlueAnt, Hallmark, Huawei, LG, Mattel, Motorola, Plantronics, Pantech, Samsung and TomTom. The TrulyHandsfree trigger is a low power, high accuracy, phrase recognition technology that listens for a special “wake up” phrase, yet ignores all other conversations.

TrulyHandsfree 4.0 supports US English, UK English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The TrulyHandsfree SDK is available for Android, iOS, Linux, QNX and Windows. Additionally, ultra-low-power deeply embedded ports of TrulyHandsfree are available for leading DSP/MCU IP cores from ARM, Cadence, CEVA, NXP CoolFlux, Synopsys and Verisilicon, as well as for integrated circuits from Audience, Avnera, Cirrus Logic, Conexant, DSPG, Fortemedia, Intel, Invensense, NXP, Qualcomm, QuickLogic, Realtek, STMicroelectronics, TI and Yamaha.

For more information about this announcement, Sensory or its technologies, please contact sales@sensory.com; Press inquiries: press@sensory.com

TrulyHandsfree is a trademark of Sensory Inc.

1. Internal testing shows the new features of TrulyHandsfree offer a 60-80% decrease in word error rate compared to the previous version of TrulyHandsfree, which is already considered best in class.