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
Yukai and NTT DOCOMO launch the first development kit “codama” for NTT DOCOMO “AI Agent API” using XMOS voice technology.
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.
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.
Bristol 9 November 2018
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Bristol/Berlin 1 October 2018
XMOS, leading supplier of voice and audio solutions, are proud to be part of the team that helped to create Magenta – Deutsche Telekom’s smart speaker, which delivers superior 360 degree far field voice control and sophisticated audio in a small, attractive and portable design.
Using XMOS’s high-performance silicon and voice algorithms, experts at the Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology branch at Fraunhofer’s Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) in Oldenburg, Germany, were able to refine and combine microphone and loudspeaker technologies to create a robust voice control system that allows the user to listen to music at the same time as using voice command controls.
Launched at this year’s IFA in Berlin, the Magenta Smart Speaker unites all the algorithms necessary for maximum quality and accurate audio reproduction. Combined with intelligent algorithms for speech capture – integrated on XMOS voice processor – the teams collaborated to optimise the interaction between speakers and microphones for voice control in real world, noisy environments.
- Using the Magenta intelligent personal assistant, voice control can be used to operate connected devices in the home such as TV and Deutsche Telekom’s smart home applications without the need for a remote control.
- The personal assistant can also be used to make telephone calls with excellent audio quality.
- Users of Amazon’s cloud-based Alexa Voice Service can also access a large number of apps with Deutsche Telekom’s smart speaker.
- The new voice-controlled assistant conforms to the highest data security requirements. Data processing takes place exclusively within the European Union and complies with Deutsche Telekom’s high data protection standards.
“We’re proud to be part of the Magenta project. Our combined expertise has produced a class-leading user experience, demonstrating highly sophisticated audio and speech recognition” said Mark Lippett, CEO of XMOS. “Voice control in smart speakers is here to stay. We look forward to further collaborations with Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg.”
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, or email email@example.com.
About the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Oldenburg
The objective of the Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg is to transpose scientific findings related to hearing perception into technological applications. Its applied research priorities are the enhancement of sound and speech intelligibility, personalized audio reproduction and acoustic speech and event detection. Application fields include consumer electronics, transport, the automotive sector, production, safety, telecommunications and healthcare. For more information, please visit www.idmt.fraunhofer.de/hsa.
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