Sensory acquires speech technology evaluation service Vocalize.ai
Sensory announced today the acquisition of Vocalize.ai, a software tools and services company that performs benchmarking, accuracy assessments and bias evaluations for speech technologies and natural language interfaces. Sensory notes it will maintain Vocalize.ai as an independently operated division.
“Sensory has always done in-house technology testing through simulations,” commented Sensory CEO Todd Mozer. “However, we saw a growing need for an independent testing source that wasn’t influenced by our data or testing methods, that could also provide more real world, black-box testing. Vocalize.ai offers exactly what we needed and was in fact tremendously helpful in shaping our new TrulyHandsfree 6.0 release.”
“As more companies add voice to their products, there is growing need for an independent evaluation service and software tools that ensure a quality user experience,” added Joe Murphy, Vocalize.ai CEO. “It’s exciting to have access to the deep bench of AI and machine learning talent and resources of Sensory.”
According to the announcement, Sensory’s clients will be offered discounts on Vocalize.ai services, and will be given the option to include the testing services offered by Vocalize.ai throughout the product development process.
“Our goal is to maximize the performance of our technologies, while ensuring the best possible user experience on our customers’ products,” added Mozer. “There was only so far we could take things with the technology in isolation. We believe our customers will see great value in being able to test our technologies as deployed in real-world product environment.”
Last month Sensory launched a new software product to embed always-listening AI into consumer electronics, which can identify common and critical sounds within the home for enhanced security without the privacy risk of constantly sending audio recordings to the cloud.