Sensory releases speech recognition app for Android smartphones

May 28, 2015 - 

Sensory Inc. has released its VoiceDial application for Android phones and tablets, which uses Sensory’s voice biometrics based TrulyHandsfree technology to build and search the device’s contact lists by voice.

VoiceDial app for Android has been designed to enable users to make calls easily without ever having to look at or touch their phone.

Users can get the application’s attention by stating the trigger phrase and then requesting a call to an individual in the contact list, such as, “Hello Blue Genie, call Richard Cooper.”

Since the app’s speech recognition is completely speaker independent and does not require any training, it should automatically work when downloaded and installed.

The app can build and process large contact lists, as well as respond almost instantly to call requests since it processes the voice data on device.

The key benefits to Sensory’s technologies are their small footprint and ability to run entirely on the mobile device, without the delays of cloud processing, as can be experienced with other voice search solutions.

VoiceDial offers a seamless, user-friendly experience by supporting natural language in order to ensure it works with a range of name formats and call requests.

The app supports regional language models in order to predict the way the target user’s demographic will pronounce international names.

Additionally, the app recognizes trigger words and speech in high-noise environments, allowing VoiceDial to perform well in situations where other systems fail.

Finally, VoiceDial senses when users are in the car and automatically launches so that the user does not have to remember to do this while driving.

The app offers the benefits of Sensory’s speech recognition accuracy in real world noise, performing more effectively than the natively equipped speech recognizer that is included on select Android phones.

“The technologies we create at Sensory are extremely versatile solutions that allow us and our licensees to develop practical applications that greatly improve the user-experience of mobile devices and other electronics,” said Bill Teasley, VP of engineering at Sensory. “VoiceDial is an exciting application that utilizes the robust capabilities of our recently announced TrulyNatural embedded large vocabulary voice recognition solution.

“We designed the application to be simple in its function yet advanced in its performance, while being able to respond completely free of any haptic input from the user. VoiceDial is just the tip of the iceberg. We are very excited about the numerous other features our TrulyNatural technology will soon provide, such as seamless hands-free control of music, calendar and navigation, just to name a few.”

The US English version of the VoiceDial app is now available on the Google Play store, with new languages targeting Asian and European countries to be released later this year.

Additionally, Sensory is currently working with OEMs to integrate TrulyNatural and TrulyHandsfree, the two technologies that provide the foundation of VoiceDial, within their product lines to provide seamless voice triggered hands-free command and control and large vocabulary speech recognition capable of supporting natural language.

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