Sensory brings edge voice assistance to smart devices

Sensory brings edge voice assistance to smart devices
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Sensory is countering the security threat posed by unnecessarily connecting every “thing” to the internet with an edge voice assistant.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is unlocking huge new opportunities and helping to improve efficiency and increase productivity. IDC estimates (PDF) that around 152,200 IoT devices will connect every minute by 2025.

Many devices still require internet connectivity, but a large number connect – with all the security and privacy risks that brings – seemingly for the sake of it. Does a toaster really need to be connected to the internet?

Edge computing is enabling many of the benefits on-device which historically relied on the cloud. One of the most attractive features of many smart devices is a voice assistant.

A recent survey by Voicebot.ai highlighted that custom voice assistants are the biggest voice AI trend for 2021. Custom voice assistants are trained for specific domains which enable them to outperform general-purpose assistants like Google, Alexa, and Siri.

Todd Mozer, CEO at Sensory, said:

“We’re at a turning point with voice UI technology. People love the convenience of mainstream voice assistants, but privacy, accuracy, complicated setup, and connectivity issues continue to be a growing concern among users. These concerns have intensified the need for custom private voice assistants.

Sensory’s customer base used to be driven by companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung that licensed Sensory technology to improve their general assistant offerings. Today we’re seeing a major shift, with most of our customers being brands that want to own and manage their own private custom voice assistant platforms.”

Sensory is deploying a custom voice assistant in new microwaves from Farberware such as the FM11VABK. The integration of Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree and TrulyNatural technologies provides the benefits of a custom voice assistant without the privacy compromises of cloud-based alternatives.

Finally, users can just plug in their microwave and say commands including “Cook four baked potatoes” and “Reheat for four minutes” without the need for WiFi, third-party apps, or data-guzzling cloud assistants.

End-users ultimately get a more responsive, better-performing, and safer experience from their appliance which also has the benefit of continuing to work fully in the event of an internet outage.

Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst at Parks Associates, commented:

“Smart appliance adoption is growing among US broadband households. Thirteen percent of US broadband households now own a smart appliance and smart microwaves are a leading category.

Voice control is a highly-valued feature for smart appliance owners, with more than one-fifth of those who own or intend to purchase various smart appliances rating voice control as one of the most appealing features of the appliance.”

According to Sensory’s own testing, the Faberwave microwave’s voice assistant recognised and executed 68 percent more spoken commands than Alexa.

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