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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 Makes Wake Words Smarter with New High-Res Voice Recognition and Authentication

Sensory, the leader and originator of wake words for personal assistants, raises the performance bar for always-listening wake word and speech recognition, with upgraded turn-key voice interface solutions for devices of all shapes, sizes and power requirements

Santa Clara, Calif., September 27, 2018 – Sensory, a Silicon Valley-based company focused on improving the user experience and security of consumer electronics through state-of-the-art embedded AI technologies, today announced that it has made significant upgrades to the embedded AI in its sixth generation of TrulyHandsfree™, boosting the technology’s already industry-leading wake word performance and accuracy by more than 65 percent. Additionally, TrulyHandsfree boasts improved deep-neural network training that allows for even better near- and far-field speech recognition performance in all room conditions.

“In ideal conditions, an always-listening wake word recognizer should only wake the voice UI when it hears the wake word, and never false fire,” said Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory. “This is how we designed TrulyHandsfree to operate, and with the upgraded AI technologies in version 6.0, it works exactly as it should even in far less than ideal conditions. TrulyHandsfree has long been the performance benchmark that other voice UI solutions strive to match. With our sixth generation, the bar for efficiency, security, wake word accuracy, and near- and far-field performance has been set much higher, making it the ideal wake word solution for any kind of voice-enabled product design.”

Greater Wake Word and Speech Recognition Accuracy

Version 6.0 improves performance and word recognition accuracy relative to the last two generations of TrulyHandsfree by reducing wake word false positives by more than 65%. This reduction is due to Sensory’s new high-resolution speech feature front-end that sees a higher resolution digitized representation of the speech audio, combined with the introduction of on-device wake word post-qualification. Post qualification uses intelligence about wake word events to better discriminate against false positives. In addition to enhanced wake word performance, Sensory’s new high-resolution speech feature front-end has improved upon what was already the benchmark for embedded speech recognizers and contributed a significant boost in TrulyHandsfree 6.0’s speech recognition performance and accuracy over previous generations. Sensory’s new high-resolution speech feature front-end enhancements in accuracy also enable TrulyHandsfree to support multiple wake words, like “Okay Google” “Alexa™,” “Hey Cortana,” “Hey Siri” and ““Xiaodu, Xiaodu” in a single implementation with great performance. This allows device makers to create new products with a user-friendly voice interface that works with more than one digital assistant technology.

Tolerance of Accents, Dialects and Varying Room Conditions

Sensory upgraded the machine learning within TrulyHandsfree to take advantage of high-resolution audio information for deep-neural net training. This improved training allows the algorithms to anticipate a variety of factors associated with wake word performance, including understanding how one person, or a population of people, may pronounce a wake word. It also takes into consideration acoustic challenges like various room configurations, device placement, room size, reverb and echo. This ensures superior always-listening speech recognition performance regardless of where the device is placed in a room.

Enhanced Security Makes Sure That It’s You Speaking

Some of the most notable challenges facing the IoT industry is privacy and data security. TrulyHandsfree 6.0 does all processing on device, keeping voice data completely safe by never storing it or sending it to the cloud. Additionally, TrulyHandsfree 6.0 includes a layer of voice biometrics recognition in the voice interface for user authentication and security. TrulyHandsfree’s embedded high-resolution voice enrollment and speaker verification (SV) technology is flexible, allowing users to enroll their voice and their own custom wake word or passphrase, restricting unauthorized users from accessing the voice user interface. Even if an unauthorized person learns the custom wake word or passphrase, Sensory’s voice biometrics technology will recognize that it’s not the enrolled user speaking and not authenticate them.

Improved Barge-in and Far-Field Performance

Specifically tuned to provide an ideal voice barge-in experience with TrulyHandsfree, Sensory offers upgraded AEC solution that supports single mic input systems with mono or stereo sound sources. This technology allows users to interrupt their devices by saying the wake word while the device is in the middle of playing voice prompts, music or other sounds, at any volume level. Sensory’s new high-resolution speech feature front-end and AEC also play major roles in making TrulyHandsfree better at hearing users in a variety of room sizes and configurations, making TrulyHandsfree 6.0’s far-field wake word performance second to none.

High-Resolution Speech Recognition, Same Efficient Footprint

In addition to being more accurate, TrulyHandsfree 6.0’s new high-resolution speech feature models are scalable and extremely efficient. Its wake word, command and control, SV and AEC all feature a compact footprint, and work with a wide range of low power DSP to high-power applications processors. TrulyHandsfree’s AEC technology is also scalable and can be tuned to optimally balance acoustic echo cancellation performance requirements and MIPS/power restrictions. For ultra-low power devices that have limited battery capacity such as wearables, Sensory offers its Low Power Sound Detector (LPSD) hardware component for DSPs and smart microphones. LPSD reduces low-power configurations of TrulyHandsfree wake words to operate at an average battery draw of under 1mA.

TrulyHandsfree is the most widely deployed embedded speech recognition engine in the world, having enabled a hands-free voice user experience on more than 2 billion devices from leading brands worldwide. TrulyHandsfree offers support for every voice UI application with several types of wake word options, such as independent fixed wake words, user enrolled fixed wake words, and user defined wake words. Sensory offers off-the-shelf wake word models for all major IoT cloud services, including Amazon AVS, Apple Siri, the Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana, as well as wake word models for third-party devices that support cloud AI systems from Baidu, Alibaba or Tencent. Sensory can also combine multiple wake words into one solution.

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree supports US English, UK English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. The TrulyHandsfree SDK is available for Android, iOS, Linux, QNX and Windows. Sensory provides developer support for cloud service interfaces on Linux, Android, iOS and Windows as well as support for dozens of proprietary DSPs, microcontrollers, smart microphones and other low-power embedded devices.

Additionally, ultra-low-power deeply embedded ports of TrulyHandsfree are available for leading DSP/MCU IP cores from ARM, Cadence, CEVA, NXP, Synopsys and Verisilicon, as well as for integrated circuits from Ambiq Micro, Analog Devices, Cirrus Logic, DSP Group, Fortemedia, Intel, Knowles, Microchip (Microsemi), NXP, Qualcomm, QuickLogic, Realtek, Synaptics, STMicroelectronics, TI, Yamaha, and XMOS.

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

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About Sensory
Sensory Inc. creates a safer and superior UX through vision and voice technologies. Sensory’s technologies are widely deployed in consumer electronics applications including mobile phones, automotive, wearables, toys, IoT and various home electronics. Sensory’s product line includes TrulyHandsfree voice control, TrulySecure biometric authentication, and TrulyNatural large vocabulary natural language embedded speech recognition. Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products. 

TrulyHandsfree is a trademark of Sensory Inc.