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Why Edge-AI is central to the future of the smart environment.

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In this article, our CEO Mark Lippett discusses the role Edge AI will play in reducing the burden on cloud infrastructure as the number of connected devices skyrockets.

One step closer to voice-controlled everything

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“Those clever folks at XMOS have just brought us one step closer to embedding “ears” for voice control in just about every device with which we interact.” Read the full article

XMOS delivers voice interface dev kit

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Electronics Weekly coverage of the new VocalFusion dev kit announcement at Voice Summit ’19.

XMOS unveils TV-optimised voice processor for Amazon AVS

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New Electronics announces launch of the new XVF3510 voice processor at Voice Summit ’19.

The role of women in the rise of AI

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

Mark Lippett on how XMOS has made itself heard.

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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 …

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

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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…

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 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,
  • 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


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).

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


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Skyworth unveils ‘always-on AI TV’

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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.

Giving voice to the elderly

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Voice-enabled technologies will transform the health and happiness of the elderly.

The UN predicts a 56% rise in the number of people aged 60 years or over, taking us from over 900 million in 2015 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2030.The world’s population is changing. Our demographic is aging. And this could well be the defining issue of our time. An aging population creates a burden on health systems and individual households. Family members, clinicians, and assisted care providers will need a new generation of technology platforms to help them stay informed, coordinated, and most importantly, connected.

The social care system is facing a mountain of challenges and it can’t cope with a sustained upswing in the number of senior people and adults living with chronic illnesses.

Whether living at home or in an assisted facility, help may come from an unexpected source – technology. Speech recognition and voice-enabled devices make technology accessible to all. There’s no need to tap a keyboard or figure out how to work the remote control, you simply talk to the device from across the room. A voice-controlled device can empower a formerly ‘dis-empowered’ user. It can ease pressure on caregivers, becoming a companion and digital assistant. Of course it’s not a replacement for human interaction, but rather a meaningful addition.

How can voice-enabled assistants make a difference?

Voice-enabled assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana are at the forefront of society’s screenless future. Thanks to rapid advancements in voice technology and natural language processing (NLP), these virtual assistants are far better equipped to understand human speech and respond accurately (and in real-time). These virtual-assistants can perform all sorts of tasks – including playing music on demand, calling friends or prompting you to take your medication at a certain time.

This can make a big difference to those living with a chronic illness, anyone who has limited mobility, and the elderly. It can make tasks easier and create a sense of companionship. More importantly, it helps people regain control. From simple actions such as lighting the room and adjusting the temperature, to things that are critical to our wellbeing, such as controlling access to our home and the calling for emergency assistance when needed.

How does this work in the real world?

The team at Pillohealth have come up with a ground-breaking, in-home 24/7 companion robot – Pillo – which combines voice control, facial recognition and artificial intelligence to provide personalised digital healthcare. The technology can also provide 24-hour care and companionship, entertainment on the go, reminders of when the patient needs to eat, sleep or move and the ability for the person to live independently.

The device acts as a secure pill dispenser, offers video check-ins with caregivers, can quickly and reliably identify valuable healthcare insights and can send data to healthcare professionals. But it offers much more than that to the user. They don’t need to learn how to use Pillo, they can just talk to it – and the companion robot is on hand to tune into their favourite radio station radio, answer a question, manage their calendar and give them handy reminders.

It all adds together to help the user enjoy a more independent life and could help to ease pressure on a stretched healthcare system. (see

Companionship is equally important

Happiness comes when the ‘assistant’ becomes something more akin to ‘companion’. A study by US company Brookdale Senior Living, explores technologies that can help the older generation stay independent for longer.

A team set out to determine whether reciting Shakespeare with a robot could increase engagement and lessen symptoms of depression. A two-foot tall robot called Nao recited the first 12 lines of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” and then prompted seniors to recite the last two lines.

Those who interacted with Nao experienced significant decreases in depression and significant increases in engagement over time. Showing the tangible capability of voice-enabled assistants to be more than just a virtual caregiver, but at times a companion who is available 24/7.

Voice can provide both practical and emotional benefits

Over time, advancements in artificial intelligence will improve voice-enabled assistants. Learning more about the user with each interaction, they will move from reactive responses to a more relevant, engaging conversation. They will become an integral part of the consumer ecosystem, seamlessly integrating across all devices and platforms to become a natural, digital companion.

Crucially, if technology is controlled by voice, it becomes accessible to everyone. There’s no need to learn how to use it, you just talk to it. A number of studies have shown that talking makes us feel happier, so it’s easy to see how voice enabled technology could transform life for the elderly in ways that are both practical and emotional. And given our aging demographic, this feels like a very good thing.