Voice

Stephen Hawking's Voice Beamed Into Space as His Ashes Are Interred
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The ashes of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking were interred at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday in a memorial ceremony attended by a mixture of celebrities and members of the public. From a report: Astronaut Tim Peake and British actor Benedict Cumberbatch and both gave readings, and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees paid tribute to the […]

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Echo for Kids, Retro Voice Assistants, and a Second Snap
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Amazon is trying to rope in younger members of the family to use its Alexa voice assistant with the release of a smart speaker for kids. The Echo Dot Kids Edition has a rubber case protecting a standard Echo Dot and a two-year, no-questions-asked replacement policy. It includes a one-year membership for FreeTime Unlimited, Amazon’s […]

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Snips brings its privacy-focused voice assistant to cars
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 French startup Snips is announcing two things for its voice assistant SDK. First, the company is showing off an interesting use case in Nuremberg with a Snips-powered voice assistant in a car. Second, you can now build voice assistants in German. Read More

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Optoma 4K projector responds to Alexa voice commands     – CNET
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The UHD51A is the first Alexa-controlled projector, and I take it for a spin with my voice at CES 2018.

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Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror Release Date, Price and Specs     – CNET
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Kohler is smartening nearly every fixture in the bathroom, starting with the new Alexa-enabled Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror.

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Voice interfaces beginning to find their way into business
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 Imagine attending a business meeting with an Amazon Echo (or any voice-driven device) sitting on the conference table. A question arises about the month’s sales numbers in the Southeast region. Instead of opening a laptop, opening a program like Excel and finding the numbers, you simply ask the device and get the answer instantly. That […]

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Google Home's voice controls now work with free Spotify accounts
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If you're a Google Home user without a paid Spotify account, your use of the service on Home has been limited. Up until now, Spotify has only integrated with Home for paid accounts. But at I/O, Google announced that would change; free Spotify users w…

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Mozilla's New Open Source Voice-Recognition Project Wants Your Voice
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An anonymous reader quotes Mashable: Mozilla is building a massive repository of voice recordings for the voice apps of the future — and it wants you to add yours to the collection. The organization behind the Firefox browser is launching Common Voice, a project to crowdsource audio samples from the public. The goal is to […]

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Samsung's 'Bixby' Voice Assistant Finally Launches In US
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After 3 months, Samsung announced that the voice capabilities of its digital assistant are now rolling out to U.S. Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners. Now, if you happen to own a Galaxy S8 or S8+, the physical Bixby button on the lefthand side of your phone will be able to actually do something somewhat useful. […]

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