Turned On By Voice: XMOS Voice Interfaces

Mark Lippett (President & CEO) and Paul Neil (VP of Marketing & Business Development) explain why voice is so important as a way to interact with machines, and discuss the challenges faced to make voice interfaces ubiquitous across our home, office and leisure lives.


Mark Lippett

One of the factors in our everyday lives in the next 5-10 years will be that we will interact, either consciously or unconsciously, with 100s of machines, in the office, in our homes, in our cars.

Our solution to this problem in society when we interact with 100s and 100s of people that we may not have met before is to use natural language and it will be the answer to the similar problem of interacting with that many machines.

It's in practical for us to consider using interfaces that require us to use our hands, that require us to be static in front of a machine.

The answer is already in front of us and we just simple need to build the technology to use it.

Paul Neil

In order to make voice interfacing ubiquitous across our home, office and leisure lives we need to be able to deal with a number of the complexities associated with the problem itself.

Only XMOS has the ability to, first of all, aggregate large numbers of microphones; capture voice from large numbers of microphones; and then with that captured voice do sophisticated digital signal processing to address the problems of distance, isolation, the removal of noise, and the establishment of direction of voice capture.

We then have our processed voice samples that we can transmit to automatic speech recognition systems hosted in the cloud or perhaps, to simpler systems hosted in the piece of embedded equipment itself.

The final piece of the jigsaw is XMOS' unique ability to integrate controlled processing so we can take instructions from the embedded system or from the cloud-based system and interact with the environment around us.

Mark Lippett

The combination of the ability to control the end equipment, the ability to interface to the user, and the ability to interface, of course, to the cloud to complete that circle that XMOS uniquely provides in a single chip.

If you can't do it in a single chip, then you can't access the market.

Paul Neil

At XMOS we're excited by the future. We're developing technologies today that are going to drive new classes of voice control products and applications.

XMOS is about rising to the challenges offered by those product categories.

Mark Lippett

We're already building a future within which everyone will interact with machines using their most natural, most accessible means of communication – their voice.