Microsoft is acquiring Nuance Communications for $19.7B
Apr 13, 2021Read More
In a post announcing the deal, the company said this was about increasing its presence in the healthcare vertical, a place where Nuance has done well in recent years. In fact, the company announced the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare last year, and this deal is about accelerating its presence there.
5 Ways Voice Technology Is Increasingly Making Itself Heard
Aug 3, 2020Read More
Voice technology is among the things that have gotten a big boost from the global pandemic as consumers shift to buying things online and avoiding touching items in public places for fear of contracting COVID-19.
Apple Acquires AI Startup to Better Understand Natural Language
Apr 3, 2020Read More
Apple Inc. acquired Voysis, an artificial intelligence startup that developed a platform for digital voice assistants to better understand people’s natural language.
Natural Language Processing is an Untapped AI Tool for Innovation
Apr 1, 2020Read More
Natural language processing (NLP) will improve processes including technology landscaping, competitive analysis, and weak signal detection
Picovoice Debuts Platform for Building Voice Assistants Without the Cloud
Dec 3, 2019Read More
Most voice interaction relies on the cloud. Audio gets recorded, digitized, then sent to the cloud for processing before the user hears a response. Picovoice builds around the idea of maintaining the same functions of a standard voice engine, but all operated locally, known in the industry as on the edge as opposed to in the cloud.
AI researchers translate language into physical movement
Sep 11, 2019Read More
Carnegie Mellon University AI researchers have created an AI agent that is able to translate words into physical movement. Called Joint Language-to-Pose, or JL2P, the approach combines natural language with 3D pose models.
Voice Technology And The Lure Of Zero UI In Health Care
Aug 12, 2019Read More
Zero UI (Zero User Interface) is an interface without a physical presence – no screen, no buttons, no keys. Instead, a user moves, talks, looks or thinks, and artificial intelligence (AI) interprets that interaction in order to respond. It sounds simple, but Zero UI is an intensely complex effort requiring extremely robust capabilities.
Amazon’s Text-To-Speech AI Service Sounds More Natural And Realistic
Aug 11, 2019Read More
Amazon enhanced Polly - the cloud-based text-to-speech service - to deliver natural and realistic speech synthesis. The service can now be leveraged to present domain-specific style such as newscast and sportscast.
Yobe Launches With $1.8m Seed to Pinpoint A Voice In Noise
Feb 4, 2019Read More
There are times where voice-driven systems don’t work all that well because of background noise or other voices.
Welcome to Azafran INSIGHTS, a newsletter and podcast series exploring the intersection of voice, acoustics and imagery powered by machine learning and deep science technologies.
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Issue 22 - European Venture Reaches All-Time High In The First Quarter Of 2021
2021 is shaping up to be a stellar year for startups in Europe with Early-stage funding at $5.8 billion, an all-time high for European startups.Read more