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Ten must-read tidbits for Voice Tech professionals

We have been scouring the web this week and here are ten super-interesting tech stories from our own site and around the web. It's a tough business so keep up-to-date, (and then have a great weekend).

More automakers debut models featuring virtual assistants and next-level voice

Clique: Connected cars are coming our way, and CES 2017 has been a clear indication of a future where virtual assistants will be easily accessible from everywhere, even from your car. Connected objects that allow us to communicate over the internet and from anywhere mean we are no longer limited to a mobile phone or telephone number to talk to others around the world. Read More...

VoIP and the IoT: convergence is the next big thing. WebRTC Summit in New York City

Clique: Traditional real-time communication services are being challenged by WebRTC, a new way of extending high-quality communication over the internet across browsers and platforms, first introduced to the public in 2011. Since its introduction, WebRTC has developed considerably, becoming a useful tool for today and tomorrow's enterprise. The WebRTC Summit in New York City will be discussing some of the current issues around WebRTC. Read More...

OSSIC The Immersive Audio that is customized to you

Clique: Voice is moving into AR/VR environments, making new Gaming and Virtual Reality experiences increasingly immersive. A VR or AR experience is, in fact, hardly convincing if the audio does not match the quality of its visuals. OSSIC are audio innovators who are customizing audio in a new way, taking into account the geometry of an individual's ear and adapting the sound accordingly. Read More...

Starbucks Voice ordering App

Fortune: Starbucks has a new voice-ordering app that allows you to order drinks by speaking into a smartphone to Amazon's voice-assistant "Alexa". The new app is becoming increasingly popular and is a clear example of how companies are embracing latest technologies to provide new services that allow customers to skip the lines and access their caffeine-fix without having to communicate with members of staff. Read More...


Start-up developing deep-learning algorithms to detect if people have neurological conditions from their voice

New Scientist: US start-up, Canary Speech, is developing a new AI technology based on deep-learning algorithms that can detect neurological conditions such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease - just by listening to a user's voice. It is now controversially testing the technology on phone calls to a major US health insurer, which the company would not name. Read More...

Microsoft Cognitive Services releases new speech-to-text technology that expands customization possibilities for developers

Geek Wire: Microsoft's AI and Research Group, Cognitive Services is releasing a new technology that allows developers to customize Microsoft's speech-to-text engine and integrate it into their own apps or services. The new Custom Speech Service was released as a public preview this week. Read More...


bots_alive mobile tech giving toys a mind of their own

Clique: So many different kinds of robots were presented at the latest CES in Las Vegas. These ranged from the LEGO Boost, robotic carrying bags to robots that clean your BBQ grill. The small creative team behind bots_alive managed to develop affordable robot toys that use your phone camera to learn, adapt and compete with one another in simple user-created exercises. Read More...

Conversational UX and invisible apps: the future of voice assistants for business

Alphr: John Rakowski, director of technology strategy at AppDynamics, talks about how businesses can use voice to their advantage in order to stay ahead of our times. He suggests that third-parties can now integrate their voice assistants into companies' services, making it easier for businesses to access new technologies and make them a part of their own strategy and future vision. Read More...

The future of marketing: Artificial Intelligence, Voice control apps and the lost power of buzzwords

IT Pro Portal: The way in which the marketing industry works could be entirely revolutionized this year if more firms start to embrace new technologies. As customers have greater demands, meeting their expectations has become challenging for marketers, and smart technologies such as AI could change this. The writer predicts that this year we will witness an increase in the number and quality of voice control applications, and AI will play a role in simplifying purchases for customers. Read More...

NLP Skills are the hottest ticket on Earth and Upwork's freelancing platform is a place to find people that have them

Clique: Natural Language Processing is a branch of computer science that enables interaction between computers and humans using voice commands. As more technologies have built-in virtual assistants and are now also hands-free, enabling efficient and faster communication with digital objects becomes crucial. This makes NLP one of the most highly demanded skills on the planet, and online freelancing pools such as Upwork are great places for companies to connect with NLP-skilled professionals. Read More...

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