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Mark Lippett talks about the chips that make Voice Assistants work

Mark Lippett talks about the chips that make Voice Assistants work 328 328 XMOS

Voicebot Podcast Ep 87: Mark talks to Bret Kinsella about what technologies make the far-field voice recognition feature possible in smart speakers, smart TVs, streaming media boxes and other devices.

https://voicebot.ai/2019/03/11/mark-lippett-ceo-of-xmos-on-the-chips-that-make-voice-assistants-work-voicebot-podcast-ep-87/

MWC19 | 25 – 28 February | Barcelona

MWC19 | 25 – 28 February | Barcelona 2615 1181 XMOS

Going to MWC19? Building a voice interface into a new or existing product? Then come and see us at the show.

XMOS far field voice processors are designed for high-tech, innovative device and hardware manufacturers who are looking to improve or implement a voice interface.

Join us in our private meeting room to experience the power of voice through some of our latest commercial implementations. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see how XMOS can help you transform the way consumers access content on your devices.

We’ll demonstrate why our far-field voice processors are optimised for edge of room and stereo devices – like smart TVs, set-top boxes and soundbars. We’ll also share our exciting plans for the future.

If you’d like to meet with us, we’d love to hear from you – just click on the link to request a meeting.

Alexa and her friends are everywhere at CES

Alexa and her friends are everywhere at CES 900 506 XMOS

So is the remote control being killed-off? In the long-term, absolutely. It’s gone. “Getting rid of the remote control is one of the strongest use cases for voice technologies,” says Mark Lippett, CEO at XMOS, whose farfield voice tech is used in soundbars, Freebox and Skyworth TVs to allow them connect to Alexa. Please click the…

https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/how-voice-assistants-have-killed-off-the-remote-control

Mark Lippett on how XMOS has made itself heard.

Mark Lippett on how XMOS has made itself heard. 350 494 XMOS

Don’t miss Mark’s interview in the January edition of South West Business Insider, where he outlines how XMOS’ intelligent speaker technology is set to change the way we live our daily lives …

https://www.insidermedia.com/publications/south-west-business-insider/south-west-business-insider-january-2019

The world’s first personal assistant that beams sound only to you

The world’s first personal assistant that beams sound only to you 5360 3574 XMOS

Introducing the truly “personal” personal assistant device enabled by Audio Spotlight® directional sound technology.

Holosonics is pleased to announce it has partnered with XMOS to produce a concept design for the world’s first voice-activated personal assistant device that listens to where you are – and then speaks only to you. By combining XMOS highly directional, VocalSorcery microphone hardware with Holosonics’ patented Audio Spotlight directional speaker technology, the concept for the first and only truly “personal” personal assistant has emerged.

Unlike standard devices, where the personal assistant announces the answer to the room, this technology lets the personal assistant pinpoint the exact direction of an audio reply within a given space – it directs the answer at the person who asked the question in a narrow laser-like beam of sound, so the user gets high-quality, precisely controlled sound with none of the noise.TM

“The Holosonics team is thrilled about the partnership we forged with XMOS to bring together XMOS spatial audio capture expertise with Audio Spotlight® directional sound to create what we believe is the next level in personal assistant device technology,” said Holosonics Founder and CEO Dr. F. Joseph Pompei. “By incorporating the option of focused sound into the existing available features of a personal assistant, we find ourselves in the very exciting position of creating the next chapter in the evolution of assistive voice-activated devices.”

Mark Lippett, XMOS CEO commented: “This is a hugely exciting collaboration. Holosonics’ technology could transform the way we interact with personal assistants in future. They’ve created a more private experience, which is immediately compelling and opens up a new world of possibilities.”

Dr. Pompei and his team will demo the world’s first truly “personal” personal assistant at the XMOS suite during the Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2019 conference in Las Vegas on January 8-11, 2019.

To learn more about Holosonics’ appearance at CES 2019, please visit Holosonics.com/ces

About Holosonic Research Labs

Holosonic Research Labs, Inc. is a pioneer in directional acoustics, develops and manufactures the Audio Spotlight® directional sound system. Founded by MIT graduate Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight® technology is used in a wide variety of applications including museums, libraries, offices, reception areas, retail displays, trade shows, and retail kiosks. The world’s top organizations and companies use the Audio Spotlight® directional sound system to beam sound to their listeners… and preserve the quiet.TM For more information, please email info@holosonics.com or phone +1 617-923-4000

About XMOS

XMOS is a leading supplier of voice and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market. Unique silicon architecture and highly differentiated software positions XMOS at the interface between voice processing, biometrics and artificial intelligence. For more information, please email press@xmos.com.

“Ok Orange!” XMOS helps bring the new Orange Djingo smart speaker to life

“Ok Orange!” XMOS helps bring the new Orange Djingo smart speaker to life 860 481 XMOS

The Orange and Deutsche Telekom partnership goes from strength to strength. Hot on the heels of Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta comes the Orange Djingo smart speaker, which was revealed at the Orange #ShowHello on 12 December 2018.

This smart device supports Orange Djingo and has Alexa built-in, to offer a wide range of additional services. You can use it to make hands-free voice calls, interact with Orange TV and control your ‘Connected Home’ services from Orange as well as main IoT brands like Philips Hue, Bosch.

Compact and attractive, this clever new speaker uses XMOS VocalFusion XVF3000 far-field voice capture technology with a circular microphone array. XMOS high-performance silicon and voice algorithms deliver a superior 360 degree, robust far-field voice control system that allows the user to listen to music at the same time as using voice command controls.

For more information, please visit the Orange press room.

Bristol/Paris 13 December 2018

XMOS celebrates the launch of Freebox Delta

XMOS celebrates the launch of Freebox Delta 1200 675 XMOS

Last week, innovative French telecoms operator Free, announced the launch of Freebox Delta. We’re very proud to provide the far-field voice capture capability. It was a pleasure to be part of the team, collaborating in our Bristol acoustic lab to optimise the algorithms and bring Freebox Delta to life.

Using XMOS XVF3500 stereo-AEC voice processor, FreeBox Delta has Ok Freebox and Alexa built-in – opening up a whole new experience for the smart home. Congratulations to all the teams involved – exciting times.

The Freebox Delta package is available to subscribers in France via https://www.free.fr/freebox/freebox-delta/

Talking the Talk. PwC talks to Mark Lippett about the future of voice

Talking the Talk. PwC talks to Mark Lippett about the future of voice 2000 1333 XMOS

To keep XMOS compelling we have to anticipate where the market is going and what our clients are need. In the short term that means delivering an even richer user experience whilst driving costs down. We have a strong position in a massive market. Our challenge – and our opportunity – is to stay focussed on…

https://www.pwc.co.uk/who-we-are/regional-sites/west/insights/Disruption-XMOS.html

Yukai and NTT DOCOMO launch the first development kit “codama” for NTT DOCOMO “AI Agent API” using XMOS voice technology.

Yukai and NTT DOCOMO launch the first development kit “codama” for NTT DOCOMO “AI Agent API” using XMOS voice technology. 391 360 XMOS

Bristol/Japan 3rd December 2018

XMOS, a leading supplier of voice and audio solution is proud to be involved in this new voice interface development kit, “codama”, jointly developed by Yukai Engineering and NTT DOCOMO.

“codama” base board and ‘codama’ microphone array board

The “codama” voice interface development kit includes the XMOS VocalFusion XVF3100 voice processor; it enables AI engineers and developers to build a voice interface with NTT DOCOMO “AI Agent API” into their products. This technology brings people the freedom to control their electronic devices and access a wide range of IoT services by simply using their voice – wherever they are in the room and whatever is happening around them.

The XVF3100 delivers outstanding voice capture accuracy over long distances; its barge-in capability means the user can interrupt any music playing on the consumer device, even when it’s playing loudly, and the wake-word is spoken softly. Additionally, the XVF3100 uses beamforming to capture the direction of arrival of the voice command and track the person speaking as they move around the room. Sophisticated algorithms deliver acoustic echo cancellation, dereverberation and noise suppression, to capture the voice of interest and clean up the signal for onward send to the NTT DOCOMO “AI Agent API”.

Finally, Yukai have added an excellent personalisation feature that lets people create their own wake-word on Yukai Engineering’s website and download it to their device.

Mark Lippett, CEO of XMOS said today,“We’re very proud of this collaboration with the talented team at Yukai Engineering and NTT DOCOMO. NTT DOCOMO “AI Agent API” opens up a world of AI possibilities across electronics and robotics, giving people an altogether richer, more exciting experience – and now people will be able to access that through voice control, from anywhere in the room.”

Mr. Yoshikazu Akinaga, Manager of Innovation Management Department at NTT DOCOMO said, “NTT DOCOMO developed AI Agent API to ultimately provide end users with all-new speech AI experiences based on highly natural AI-supported communication. Today, we are very excited to introduce new speech development kit integrated with XMOS’s class-leading far-field voice interface technology working with Raspberry Pi and NTT DOCOMO AI Agent API seamlessly. This kit enables everybody to develop speech and dialog service “device” easily. We are very grateful to Yukai engineering and XMOS team collaboration to takes this major step forward for achieving our goal. We are expecting all users to enjoy new speech AI experiences.”.

The “codama” voice interface development kit will be sold from 21st December 2018 via Yukai EngineeringMACNICA and Amazon.  You can pre-order via Amazon.co.jp from 3rd December 2018 (the pre-order link can be found on Yukai Engineering’s web-site).

The kit will be demonstrated at DOCOMO Open House 2018, Tokyo Big Sight, 6th December to 7th December 2018.

Key features

  • Small form factor development kit 64mm(W) x 55mm(L) x 20mm (H). (H)20mm: including pin headers
  • Sample programs for NTT DOCOMO AI Agent API (available via Yukai Engineering, ux-xu.com)
  • Works with Raspberry Pi
  • Linear microphone array: 4 x Infineon XENSIV™IM69D130
  • Wake-word engine by Sensory
  • Full duplex Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC)
  • Barge-in
  • adaptive beamformer
  • Dereverberation
  • Noise suppression
  • Automatic Gain Control (AGC)
  • Direction of arrival (DOA) indication

About XMOS:

XMOS is a leading supplier of voice and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market. Unique silicon architecture and highly differentiated software positions XMOS at the interface between voice processing, biometrics and artificial intelligence. For more information, please visit www.xmos.com.

About NTT DOCOMO:

NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s leading mobile operator with over 74 million subscriptions, is one of the world’s foremost contributors to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network technologies. Beyond core communications services, DOCOMO is challenging new frontiers in collaboration with a growing number of entities (“+d” partners), creating exciting and convenient value-added services that change the way people live and work. Under a medium-term plan toward 2020 and beyond, DOCOMO is pioneering a leading-edge 5G network to facilitate innovative services that will amaze and inspire customers beyond their expectations. DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo stock exchange (9437). www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/.

About Yukai Engineering

Yukai Engineering is a start-up comprised of designers and engineers who are passionate about making our daily lives more fun and fulfilling with robotics technology”. Their award-winning products include Necomimi (selected for the Time magazine’s “The World’s 50 Best Innovations 2011” list), and BOCCO, a communication robot that keeps family members in touch with each other. For more information, please visit www.ux-xu.com.

 

Japanese language press release available on request from press@xmos.com

XMOS wins at the Go:Tech 2018 Awards

XMOS wins at the Go:Tech 2018 Awards 4267 2133 XMOS
Bristol 27 November 2018

We’re delighted to have won the Advanced Engineering award at the Go:Tech Awards 2018. These awards celebrate businesses and entrepreneurs leading the way in UK technology and innovation, across small, medium and large businesses – and we’re honoured to receive this accolade.

LtoR: Andrew Stanford-Jason (XMOS, Algorithm Engineer), Jenny Tooth, OBE (UK Business Angels Association), Alexandra Craciun (XMOS, Algorithm Engineer), Georgie Barrat (The Gadget Show)

Our thanks to our host – Business Leader, the sponsors and the judges for a wonderful evening. This national recognition of our engineering capability and innovation in voice, has made our big-thinking, small team very happy.