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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.

CES 2019 | 8th – 11th January Las Vegas

CES 2019 | 8th – 11th January Las Vegas 696 401 XMOS

Going to CES? 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 suite at The Palazzo to experience the power of voice through some of our latest commercial implementations. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see how XMOS can help with your projects. We’ll demonstrate why our far-field voice processors are optimised for edge of room and stereo devices – and 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.

XMOS selected as a finalist at the 2018 TechWorks awards

XMOS selected as a finalist at the 2018 TechWorks awards 5616 3744 XMOS
Bristol 16 November 2018

We’re proud to announce we’ve been selected as a finalist in the Emerging Technology Company of the Year category at the TechWorks Awards 2018 – the highest accolade in the UK Deep Tech industry.

The TechWorks Awards mark the excellence of the industry that is driving the tech economy and becoming such a strategic part of the UK’s and Ireland’s future. Finalists across the awards categories span the breadth of the industry sectors through Manufacturing, Automotive, IoT Security, Electronic Systems & Power Electronics.

Congratulations (and good luck) to all the finalists! Happily, we don’t have too long to wait to hear who’s won. The announcements will be made on 22 November at the TechWorks Gala Dinner & Awards.

XMOS wins at Made In The South West Awards 2018

XMOS wins at Made In The South West Awards 2018 1280 720 XMOS
Bristol 9 November 2018

We’re thrilled and honoured to pick up the award for ‘Best Collaboration’ at  Insider Media’s Made In The South West Awards  2018  – in recognition of the partnership between XMOS and Pillo Health.

It’s been a pleasure work with the inspirational team at Pillo Health and support them on their ground-breaking project. This award gives wonderful recognition to the teamwork and dedication involved in voice-enabling Pillo – the 24/7 companion healthcare robot.

Pillo is so much more than a secure medication dispenser. This voice-activated home health companion delivers therapy reminders, health information, and companionship to keep your care plan on track, no matter what you’re dealing with. Pillo stores your pills securely and recognizes your face and voice. Pillo knows who you are and provides you with health information and your scheduled medication dose. It’s not just about dispensing your medicines at the right time; Pillo works with you in your day-to-day life, supporting and empowering you to improve your health, wellness, and confidence so you can retain your independence.

Central to Pillo, is a solution that allows voice commands to be captured across the room with pinpoint accuracy – across long distance, even when commands are spoken softly. And that’s where XMOS comes in.

Emanuele Baglini, CTO of Pillo Health said:

While designing our device, we were looking for the best solution to improve the voice capture accuracy to give our users a great experience. We tested the XMOS voice processor against other solutions on the market, and it outperformed them all for clarity, accuracy, distance, and direction. As we moved into development, the XMOS team were on hand whenever we needed them, to help us resolve technical hurdles and secure the best possible performance outcomes. The voice capture element of our design is critical to the success of Pillo, and that’s something XMOS understood from the start. A great partner and collaborator.

Mark Lippett, CEO of XMOS said:

We’re thrilled to have played a part in bringing Pillo to life and excited about commercial launch. The trials have shown the extraordinary potential the product offers to transform the lives of people across the globe. And it’s the result of an innovative, dedicated team. They have proved what can be achieved with a voice interface – and it’s just the start.

Skyworth unveils ‘always-on AI TV’

Skyworth unveils ‘always-on AI TV’ 891 595 XMOS

Chinese TV manufacturer Skyworth has unveiled an ‘always-on AI TV’ at its new product strategy event. Skyworth has also joined forces with voice and audio processors specialist XMOS to develop the AI voice chip for its TVs.  

https://www.digitaltveurope.com/2018/10/30/skyworth-unveils-always-on-ai-tv/

XMOS helps Skyworth create a voice-enabled, always-on AI TV

XMOS helps Skyworth create a voice-enabled, always-on AI TV 891 595 XMOS
Bristol, 30 October 2018

2018 marks Skyworth’s 30th anniversary. A leading brand in China’s colour-TV industry, Skyworth is taking a bold step forward in the market. At their 2018 New Product Strategy event, the runaway success across of all the product launches on the day was Skyworth’s always-on AI TV.

Yu Jianwei, China Marketing Headquarters Executive Vice General manager and Marketing Director at Skyworth showcased the new TV and controlled it solely by voice. He gave voice commands to switch the TV on and asked it to adjust the table lamp – successfully. Finally, in a display of great showmanship, he used a voice command to light up Guangzhou’s landmark Canton Tower.

In keeping with their mantra that “Technical Innovation Makes Products Simpler to Use,” Skyworth’s always-on AI TV will ‘wake-up’ in response to a voice command and respond to what’s asked of it – whether that’s adjusting the volume or answering a general question.

Skyworth has transformed from a marketing driven company one into one that’s ‘Driven by Technology’  – something that shines through in what their new AI TV has to offer. In March this year, Skyworth entered into a strategic partnership with Baidu. The integration of Baidu’s DuerOS and Coocaa System is powerful: the Coocaa System provides an optimized media resource library, while DuerOS transforms the TV into an intelligent display that provides users with more accurate search content and an elevated user experience.

As well as upgrading its content and data-processing technologies, Skyworth has joined forces with XMOS – a world-leader in voice and audio processors – to develop the AI voice chip and remove the requirement for a remote control. Together they’ve created an immersive voice-interactive experience.

XMOS’s first generation microcontroller has been used in premium consumer, studio and broadcast audio equipment from over 200 manufacturers. Their second-generation multicore microcontroller, the xCORE-200 series, is designed for IoT-based equipment for the creation of high-quality music and optimised sound processing solutions.

The AI TV voice chip is based on XMOS VocalFusion XVF3500 voice processor, with a compact four-microphone linear array to enhance voice capture range and accuracy. Together, XMOS and Skyworth have developed a solution that enables Skyworth’s TV to deliver 180° all-dimensional sound-source identification from up to 5 meters – which means instant wake-up from across the room using only your voice. The XVF3500 voice processor also supports de-reverberation and noise suppression, enabling the Skyworth TV to ‘hear’ and accurately capture the user’s voice commands, no matter what volume the TV is playing at or how noisy the surrounding environment.

The strong blend of XMOS and Skyworth’s integrated voice-interface and Baidu’s information and service eco-system, gives Skyworth’s consumers another high-quality, high-tech product that brings the power of voice to life.

 


About XMOS

XMOS stands at the interface between voice processing, biometrics and artificial intelligence. Today our unique silicon architecture and highly differentiated software delivers class-leading far-field voice capture for consumer electronics, and we’re building for a more natural human machine interface tomorrow. See www.xmos.com for more information.

About Skyworth

Skyworth was established in 1988, headquartered in Shenzhen High-tech Industrial Park known as innovative Silicon Valley, with over 35,000 employees. Being rooted in China and determined to go global, Skyworth is a large-scale high-tech group company mainly engaged in research, development and manufacturing of such products as consumer electronics, display devices, digital set-top-box, security monitor, network communication, semi-conductor, refrigerator and washing machine, 3C digital, LED illumination, and has been listed in the main board of Hongkong stock market in 2000 (HK00751). Through 26 years of development, Skyworth now ranks among the top ten global color TV brands.

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XMOS is one of the finalists at the Go:Tech 2018 Awards

XMOS is one of the finalists at the Go:Tech 2018 Awards 4267 2133 XMOS
Bristol 12 October 2018

XMOS, leading supplier of voice and audio solutions, is excited to be shortlisted for the Advanced Engineering award at the Go:Tech Awards 2018. These Awards celebrate businesses and entrepreneurs leading the way in technology and innovation across the UK, across small, medium and large businesses – and we’re honoured to take our place among the finalists for 2018.

We look forward to meeting everyone at the awards night on the 22th November where we’ll discover who takes home the award.

Is The TV Remote Control Soon To Become Extinct?

Is The TV Remote Control Soon To Become Extinct? 960 640 XMOS

“It might seem strange at the moment, but it won’t be long before remotes are retired and voice takes over,” predicts Mark Lippett, CEO of embedded voice and audio company XMOS. Click the link above to read the full article by Anna Tobin in Forbes.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/annatobin/2018/10/05/is-the-tv-remote-control-soon-to-become-extinct/#3ef0f26a1126