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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’s TrulySecure 2.0 Raises the Bar for Biometric Security

Santa Clara, Calif., – November 17, 2015 – New Deep Learning Techniques Improve User Experience and Accuracy of Multimodal Biometrics.

Sensory, a Silicon Valley company enhancing user experience and security for consumer electronics, today announced the availability of TrulySecure 2.0, the next generation of FIDO Certified™ multimodal biometric authentication technology. Seamlessly fusing the two biometric modalities of face and voice, TrulySecure 2.0 builds on Sensory’s strengths in speech processing, computer vision, neural networks and deep learning to offer the most user-friendly, extremely secure and accurate multimodal authentication technology ideal for applications ranging from device unlock, application login and mobile payments. Additionally, Sensory today announced its new TrulySecure partner program that provides a significant discount and many benefits to app developers interested in trying, testing or deploying apps featuring TrulySecure 2.0 biometric authentication.

“For more than two decades, Sensory has been at the cutting-edge of incorporating state-of-the-art neural networks and machine learning principles in our speech recognition and biometrics technologies,” said Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory. “TrulySecure 2.0 takes biometric verification to a whole new level and showcases Sensory’s strong ability to offer biometric solutions that offers a seamless user experience and provide virtually impenetrable security against hackers and identity theft without sacrificing convenience or adding undue system costs.”

TrulySecure 2.0 delivers multiple advantages over other single modality biometric technologies including:

  1. Cross platform and deployable on the widest variety of existing and new devices (no special sensors required);
  2. Easy to use interface without any need to tap a screen, swipe a finger, or carefully position an eye;
  3. Fast 10 second user enrollment process and less than 1 second to authenticate;
  4. Deep learning improves biometrics performance with use;
  5. Robustness to environments with poor lighting or high noise; and
  6. Anti-spoofing techniques such as motion analysis and skin texture analysis to help keep the bad guys out.

TrulySecure 2.0 consistently and reliably matches the correct user in more than 98% of transactions while keeping out imposters 99.999% of the time1, including in tests leveraging real-world data collected from thousands of actual users operating a variety of devices in a variety of environments.

“We recently assessed Sensory’s TrulySecure 2.0 technology and accredited Sensory’s testing results for enrollment and verification, and were left very impressed,” said Darrell Geusz, founder of the ID Trust Network and veteran identity subject matter expert. “Sensory’s implementation of multiple techniques for combining different biometric modalities delivers high accuracy and novel user flexibility. We were very pleased that Sensory’s testing incorporated a large set of real world data collected from a much larger variety of devices and uncontrollable operating environments. This really sets Sensory apart from their competition, and allows us to confidently say that Sensory meets or exceeds industry requirement for biometric accuracy.”

Android users can experience Sensory’s advanced face and voice biometrics technologies today by downloading “AppLock by Sensory” on the Google Play store.

“Sensory reaps the benefits of its long history of innovation in device-based biometrics and speech technologies. TrulySecure 2.0 continues to leverage early deployment of neural net technology for high accuracy in mobile phones and embedded devices” said Dan Miller, Lead Analyst at Opus Research.

Consistent with the standards set by the FIDO Alliance, TrulySecure is an on-device biometrics authentication solution that does not require a cloud connection. On-device biometric solutions are preferred for personal authentication due to their high security and reliability compared to centralized or cloud based systems, which are more desirable and vulnerable to hackers and unusable in low-signal/no Internet environments. TrulySecure further safeguards each user’s privacy by encoding digitized representations for matching that cannot be reverse engineered or reused.

“The dozens of recent central server hacks of personal information in the news, including one where nearly 6 million people’s fingerprint records were obtained, continue to reinforce why TrulySecure 2.0 is a big differentiator for our partners. No other company is delivering sophisticated and accurate identity authentication with such a smooth user experience, on such a wide variety of platforms, and without the need for the cloud or special sensors,” Mozer added.

For developers interested in integrating advanced biometric authentication into their apps, Sensory is offering a specially priced “Starter Partner Program” to kick start integration of the technology. Developers will get access to the TrulySecure 2.0 SDKs, receive support and can get up to 10,000 unit licenses. SDKs for TrulySecure 2.0 from Sensory are available immediately for Android, Mac OS, Linux and Windows.

For more information about this announcement, Sensory and its technologies, or if you’re an app developer interested in joining Sensory’s TrulySecure Starter Partner Program please contact sales@sensory.com.

About Sensory Inc.
Sensory Inc. creates a safer and superior user experience 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. Sensory’s TrulySecure face and voice biometrics authentication technology also broke the mold for its respective segment by becoming the first multimodal biometrics technology to become FIDO Certified. To date, Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products.

TrulySecure is a trademark of Sensory Inc.

Appendix:

  1. TrulySecure 2.0 matches users in more than 98% of transactions when the technology is set to false accept threshold of 1 in 100,000. When the false accept threshold of TrulySecure is adjusted to an extreme 1 in 1million scenario, user authentication accuracy remains incredibly high at over 95%.
  2. Developers will receive either the licenses or the time period whichever comes first