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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

VXi Corporation Announces the B450-XT, ‘The Even Better BlueParrott’ Headset

Dover, NH — October 18, 2016 – The new top of the BlueParrott line, the voice-controlled B450-XT, gives users more clarity, more comfort and more convenience.

VXi Corporation has just introduced its latest BlueParrott® Bluetooth® headset, the B450-XT. The B450-XT follows in the footsteps of its popular predecessors, adding advanced features and functions that make it even more indispensable to mobile professionals.

The Even Better BlueParrott
The VXi BlueParrott B450-XT is the most advanced BlueParrott headset yet, designed to give users more in every category. First and foremost, the B450-XT delivers crystal-clear conversations, with VXi’s most effective (96%) noise-canceling microphone. The new B450-XT also gives mobile professionals more freedom to roam (up to 300 feet of Class 1 Bluetooth range) and more talk time per charge (24+ hours). There’s also a bigger, cushier ear cushion and a more-comfortable, more-durable padded headband.

Even More Features. Even More Control.
Like other recent BlueParrott offerings, the B450-XT features VXi’s exclusive, customizable Parrott Button™. With the complementary BlueParrott app, the Parrott Button can be set to perform a number of user-selected functions, like mute, speed dial or push-to-talk. The B450-XT also adds new Parrot Button features, including VoiceControl™ powered by Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree™ speech recognition technology, for hands-free control of headset functions, and voice memo record. Near-Field Communication (NFC) provides one-touch pairing, when used with an NFC-capable device, while low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 conserves battery life. And A2DP support enables music and GPS streaming.

TrulyHandsfree™ from Sensory is the industry’s most trusted small-footprint embedded speech recognition technology. A version of Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree for Bluetooth headsets allows the BlueParrott B450-XT to implement full voice recognition, augmented with natural sounding speech prompts and caller ID names. This provides a far more intuitive and natural user experience, eliminating the historic need for confusing button presses, LED flashes, tone beeps, and manually interacting with the phone while driving. The technology was purposefully designed to be robust to noise and can respond to commands in high-noise environments, such as in a truck cab, making it a perfect solution for today’s road warriors whose attention is better spent on driving. The technology enables simple voice control of functions like answering, ignoring or redialing calls, as well as checking battery and connection status.

“We’re really proud of the VXi BlueParrott B450-XT,” said Mike Ferguson, president and CEO of VXi. “It gives customers everything they’ve come to expect from BlueParrott, like the best sound in the business, and then adds one great new feature after another. With the incorporation of VoiceControl™, that lets users handle incoming calls totally hands-free, the B450-XT is sure to become the mobile professional’s go-to Bluetooth headset.”

Pricing & Availability
The BlueParrott B450-XT has an MSRP of $149.99 and will be available on the company’s website,, and in selected travel center locations (Love’s and Pilot Flying J) in late October.

About VXi Corporation
VXi provides the best-performing headsets, telecommunications and speech recognition solutions for the benefit of mobile professionals, small and large businesses, and contact centers around the world. From Bluetooth® to Unified Communications, they meet the highest global standards for product quality and service, backed by the industry’s best warranties. VXi designs, markets, sells and supports their products from Dover, New Hampshire, and takes pride in delivering value, excellence and innovation. That is why VXi is The Sound Choice™. Learn more at

VXi Corporation Contact
Kimberly Schuman
Marketing Communications Specialist

BlueParrott is a registered trademark of VXi Corporation. Parrott Button and VoiceControl are trademarks of VXi Corporation. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG and is used by VXi under license. TrulyHandsfree is a trademark of Sensory, Inc