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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

Sensory Releases Embedded Speaker Verification SDK – Enables Devices to Switch User Profiles Based on Who’s Talking

Santa Clara, Calif., – June 30, 2015 – New Speaker Verification Component of TrulySecure Platform can be integrated into Devices as Either Text Dependent or Text Independent

Sensory Inc., a Silicon Valley based company focused on machine learning techniques to improve the user experience and security of consumer electronics through state-of-the-art embedded voice and vision technologies, today announced the release of an a la carte SDK for the company’s exciting new embedded speaker verification component of its TrulySecure technology platform. By embedding Sensory’s new speaker verification component into a device, OEMs will be able to deliver new experiences in which a user’s voice can be used to switch profiles, access specific data, or track conversations with personal digital assistants. Sensory’s embedded voice, vision and biometric technologies are all known for their leading performance and accuracy, and the company’s new speaker verification technology maintains this trend, boasting up to 96% success at recognizing the correct user and 99.99% success at rejecting imposters– making Sensory’s speaker verification substantially more secure than traditional 4-digit PIN codes and much easier to use and lower-cost than fingerprint technology. For less than ideal environments with more ambient noise, the technology still offers an equal error rate (EER) of two percent or lower.

“We are always exploring new avenues for improving the security and user experience of consumer electronics,” said Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory. “We pioneered low power text dependent speaker verification in our TrulyHandsfree offering.  With TrulySecure, we have pushed the boundary on performance and text independent usage and because of the strong interest we have received, we decided to take the speaker verification component of TrulySecure and wrap it up into its own SDK for our customers to begin using.”

Sensory’s TrulySecure speaker verification component is designed to automatically identify and authenticate users based on their voice. The technology offers support for multiple enrolled users and can adapt to each user’s voice, becoming more accurate over time. This technology uses advanced noise-robust signal processing to deliver excellent performance and accuracy in a broad range of environments, including outdoors and in moderate-noise. Speaker verification can be combined as a modular component with TrulyHandsfree for ultra-low power always listening wake-up with ultra-secure biometric authentication by using two independent verification approaches.

Custom designed and developed at Sensory by a team of voice biometrics experts, the company’s new speaker verification component of TrulySecure was designed to be:

  • Simple – User enrollment only takes a few seconds and as little as a few spoken words
  • Safe – users are able to access their devices and user profiles by speaking to their device
  • Accurate – Technology boasts an extremely low error rate
  • Adaptive – the technology is designed to constantly adapt to the users’ voices, allowing its performance to perpetually improve
  • Robust – new noise-robust signal processing techniques allow the technology to offer even higher level of accuracy than traditional algorithms in high-noise environments
  • Language independent – language specific models are not required, and accents do not adversely effect the accuracy

“What sets this technology apart, other than its incredible accuracy, is the fact that it can be incorporated into devices in either text-dependent or text-independent modes. So, depending on how its integrated by the manufacturer, a passphrase may be pre-determined, or left to the end user to choose, or the application may identify the user from their unique characteristics from random speech,” Mozer added.

SDK’s for the embedded speaker verification component of TrulySecure from Sensory are available for Android, Mac OS, Linux and Windows applications, with support for other leading platforms coming soon. Jibo, the world’s first social robot, is the first customer to license this technology and will use it to track users in a room. Sensory plans to integrate this new technology as part of the company’s TrulySecure™ biometrics technology offering. Android users can experience a few of Sensory’s advanced face and voice biometrics technologies today by searching for “AppLock by Sensory” on the Google Play store.

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About Sensory Inc.
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. With its TrulyHandsfree™ voice control, Sensory has set the standard for mobile handset platforms’ ultra-low power “always listening” touchless control. To date, Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products.

1: Sensory’s text dependent version of speech verification has a tested equal error rate of <2% across a broad range of conditions.