Sensory's TrulyHandsfree Speech Recognition Now Available on Intel SoC Platforms

TrulyHandsfree is the most accurate and lowest power speech recognition solution available on Intel low power DSPs in Skylake, Anniedale, Broxton, Broadwell and Merrifield SoCs.

Mar 17, 2016, 13:36 ET from Sensory

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 broad availability of its industry-leading TrulyHandsfree™ technology as deeply embedded ports on many of Intel's latest SoC platforms targeting the PC, tablet and smartphone industries. Sensory's TrulyHandsfree always-on, always-listening voice trigger component and low power sound detector (LPSD) ship from Intel as a deeply embedded port in the low-power DSPs of their Skylake, Anniedale, Broxton, Broadwell and Merrifield SoCs.

"Sensory put speech trigger technology on the map and powered the first devices to ever offer this kind of technology as a useable feature, sparking the mass adoption of voice trigger technologies in consumer electronics today," said Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory. "By working with Intel to offer deeply embedded ports of our TrulyHandsfree on their latest chips, we have made it simple for PC, tablet and smartphone manufacturers to enable voice wakeup to search or other functions from a low power always listening state."

Manufacturers who utilize any of the aforementioned Intel SoCs will have the ability to easily integrate the low-power, highly accurate speech trigger and trigger-to-search features of Sensory's TrulyHandsfree technology into their products. TrulyHandsfree enables products to wakeup and respond when a phrase like "Alexa", "Hey Cortana" or "Okay Google" is called, with no button pressing or manual manipulation needed for initiating voice control. The voice trigger component of TrulyHandsfree offers high accuracy in near or far field situations with great inherent noise robustness and can be configured by the OEM to offer preset fixed triggers, user-enrolled fixed triggers or user-defined trigger phrases. With trigger-to-search, users can say the trigger phrase and immediately follow it with a verbal request which is handed off to the applications processor. This audio handoff to the applications processor can seamlessly lead to a voice search in the cloud, or command and control on the application processor using Sensory's recognition solutions targeting O.S. platforms.

Sensory offers advanced features that utilize the applications processors of these same chips through specialized software SDKs for most of today's most prevalent operating systems. Sensory's TrulyHandsfree software SDKs allow OEMs to integrate Sensory's industry-leading speech recognition engine at the OS level for state-of-the-art trigger-to-command capabilities and provides a complete voice user interface solution for advanced product, OS and app features.

"For OEM customers looking to provide a comprehensive always-listening hands-free voice interface on their products, we offer TrulyHandsfree command and control SDKs for Android, iOS, Linux and Microsoft operating systems. By combining the pre-ported DSP features of TrulyHandsfree including LPSD and voice trigger functionality with our more advanced phrase spotting and command and control offerings, we can ensure the best possible performance of our noise robust voice interface across the system," added Bill Teasley, VP of engineering at Sensory.

Features of the TrulyHandsfree implementation on Intel's SoCs include:

  • Proprietary low power sound detector technology; LPSD is a solution optimized for speech recognition technologies designed to wake the speech recognition engine for a voice trigger when potential speech is sensed. The solution conserves power by allowing the voice recognition technology to be switched off until needed for speech processing.
  • Industry-leading robustness to noise, offers incredible speech recognition accuracy in high noise environments
  • Seamless trigger-to-search capability using just the DSP implementation
  • Phrase-spotting that allows users to speak commands naturally after saying the trigger phrase
  • Advanced voice command and control (when using TrulyHandsfree speech recognition SDKs)
  • Speech recognition support for more than 20 languages, serving more than 40 countries

Sensory has ported TrulyHandsfree to more platforms than any other speech recognition company, with ultra-low-power deeply embedded ports available for leading DSP/MCU IP cores from ARM, Cadence, CEVA, NXP CoolFlux, Synopsys and Verisilicon, as well as for integrated circuits from Audience, Avnera, Cirrus Logic, Conexant, DSPG, Fortemedia, Intel, Invensense, Microsemi, NXP, Qualcomm, QuickLogic, Realtek, STMicroelectronics, TI and Yamaha. TrulyHandsfree supports US English, UK English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

For more information about this announcement, Sensory or its technologies, please contact sales@sensory.com; Press inquiries: press@sensory.com 

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. Sensory's product line includes TrulyHandsfree voice control, TrulySecure biometric authentication, and TrulyNatural large vocabulary natural language embedded speech recognition. Sensory's technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products. Visit Sensory at www.sensory.com

TrulyHandsfree is a trademark of Sensory Inc.

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