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The role of women in the rise of AI

The role of women in the rise of AI 310 310 XMOS

We spoke with Natalie Powell (ChannelNewsAsia) at MWC19 on the “Role of Women in the rise of Artificial Intelligence”.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/role-of-women-in-the-rise-of-artificial-intelligence-video-11456184

Introducing Windows collaboration display by Sharp

Introducing Windows collaboration display by Sharp 629 362 XMOS

“Walk in, plug in, work together”

XMOS is collaborating with Japan-based multinational corporation Sharp to create the first Windows collaboration display (WCD) by Sharp – the next generation interactive smart touch screen designed to improve teamwork by enhancing communication through easy video conferencing and remote collaboration.

Manufactured by Foxconn, the 70” 4K interactive display combines XMOS far-field voice-capture technology, Microsoft WCD specifications and Sharp’s award-winning touch technology to transform the way people collaborate together across enterprise applications.

When video conferencing, XMOS’ far-field microphones can identify participants’ voices from up to 4 meters away, accurately capturing the sound and removing all additional noise.

Located top-centre of the display, our XVF3500 stereo-AEC voice processor delivers up-close voice capture quality and processing accuracy at far-field range, simplifying the complicated business of cleaning up sound in a noisy space during a conference call.

XMOS VocalFusion XVF3500 voice-capture technology:

  • Stereo acoustic echo cancellation: removes acoustic feedback between the display’s speakers and microphones to accurately capture voice commands.
  • Beamforming:identifies the direction the voice command comes from, even if moving.
  • Dereverberation:removes the echoes from the user’s voice as it ‘bounces’ off the hard surfaces in the room.
  • Noise suppression:removes exterior noises, e.g. air conditioning, people talking, pets etc.
  • Barge-in:enables users to interrupt when audio is being played through the device (or another source), with a voice command spoken at normal volume from across the room.

Mark Lippett, CEO of XMOS said: “This display brings together all the necessary tools into one place for a truly collaborative solution. We’re delighted to help bring this incredible new Windows Collaboration Display by Sharp to life and are proud that our voice-capture technology is playing a big part in helping people communicate effectively.”

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.

Mark Lippett talks about the chips that make Voice Assistants work

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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: are we ushering in an ‘era of intelligent connectivity’?

MWC19: are we ushering in an ‘era of intelligent connectivity’? 800 600 XMOS

February | Barcelona

It’s a bold claim to make, but after last year’s MWC Europe was described by some as a “damp squib,” this year’s theme proposed to “usher in the era of intelligent connectivity,” thrusting high-speed 5G networks, IoT, AI and big data to the forefront of discussions.

Organisers were keen to highlight ‘intelligent connectivity’ will open up a number of opportunities for highly personalised experiences. Much of the discussion was driven by developments in the connectivity infrastructure – 5G, full fibre or otherwise, advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the proliferation of smart devices in the IoT ecosystem, many of which were on the tradeshow floor. To our relief, MWC 2019 also moved past the gimmicky phase of IoT – who can forget the “record everything your kids say” wearable device of 2016 or the infamous laggy smart fridge which, in low lighting, could have passed as an iPad sellotaped to a regular fridge. Swish.

The conversation has moved on to how humans are going to engage in a simple, holistic way with their smart environments. And the biggest players in the world of tech are sitting up and taking notice. The success of voice services like Alexa, Google and Siri means that consumers are questioning why they need separate remote controls or mobile apps for each piece of technology in their home when they can ask a digital assistant to close the curtains, dim the lights and cue up the film on the TV.

There is no question that public consciousness has woken up to the power of voice. Smart speakers have fueled rapid growth in the voice space and other product categories are now coming to market. Latest estimates for home consumer electronics with ‘built in’ voice assistants have been revised upwards from 2017-18 to 75.6million units – based upon increased shipments in the smart TV and media streamer categories. (Futuresource)

The power of voice

XMOS was in the Department for International Trade’s exhibition space to showcase why voice is the natural interface between human and machine, withdemonstrable use-cases. Despite the challenges associated with running voice-enabled devices in a trade-show environment (the noise equivalence to a zoo), the commercial products on display passed the ultimate test: far-field voice capture with up close accuracy.

XMOS engineering has spurred a wave of third-party product implementations that are propelling the way humans interact with their digital assistants. From a healthcare companion robot to set-top boxes, our technology is at the heart of it. Here are some of the products we had on show:

  • Freebox Delta: the brainchild of innovative French telecoms operator Free, Freebox Delta is a high-performance fusion of technologies – a set-top box, media streamer, soundbar, WiFi server and smart home hub that responds intelligently to both touch and voice. XMOS provided the far-field voice capability for its two on-board personal assistants, Alexa and OK Freebox.
  • Hello2: created by the California-based communications company Solaborate Hello2, transforms your TV into a powerful communications device that responds intelligently to touch and voice. With far-field voice capture, a 4K HDR video sensor and a six element lens, Hello2 plugs into your TV with an HDMI cable to integrate audio, video and collaboration, so you can enjoy everything from digital whiteboarding to screen sharing, media streaming and gaming.
  • Pillo: created by Boston-based Pillo Health, this companion robot redefines the role of voice-enabled assistants in the homes of the elderly, sick and vulnerable, as well as transforming the way healthcare is administered. The Pillo robot is more than just a voice-enabled pill dispenser. By harnessing artificial intelligence, the device is capable of carrying out two-way interactions with its patients, offering genuine companionship as well as assistance.

Of the many, exciting new technologies on show, we were wowed by BMW’s Natural Interaction prototype, uses voice recognition, gesture control and gaze tracking to understand what you want to do in your car without pressing a button. Our CEO Mark Lippett spoke to analyst firm Bloomberg NEF on why cars represent such an exciting opportunity for voice technology. The combination of voice, sensors and AI will deliver conceptual awareness, which opens the potential for improved safety, reduce distractions and the ability for us to connect seamlessly with our voice assistant or ‘digital twin’.

Ushering in the era of intuitive intelligence

Perhaps a more fitting theme for this year’s show would be the era of intuitive intelligence. To look at connectivity in isolation, without articulating the benefits it’ll bring to consumers, can be frustrating – particularly as big token advancements such as 5G are still on the horizon for many. Today, voice interfaces are being adopted at double the rate of mobile phones when they first appeared. They are firmly positioned for general adoption at the intersection of humans and an augmented environment – which will be supercharged by next generation networks. The ultimate goal has to be a move away from touch-based commands toward ambient computing – where our interactions with the technology around us feel intuitive and easy – and we don’t need to learn how to use it, because the intelligence is already embedded in the device.

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 Orange Djingo smart speaker to life

“Ok Orange!” XMOS helps bring the 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