Audio processing IC supplier got lumped after being left out of iPhone 5, but firm sees new era of voice command interfaces in electronics.
Audience maintains that is
developing "brain-like" technologies that allow mobile devices to
deliver better voice quality for clear conversations in nearly any
setting, higher accuracy and performance for speech recognition services
and enhanced audio for multimedia recording and playback, including
mobile video and music.
The real potential for the technology,
according to Santos, is to enable voice command interfaces for all types
of electronics. The company has started to gain design wins in PCs and
automobile electronics—sooner than it expected—according to Santos.
envisions a not-so-distant future in which we interface with our PCs,
cars, TVs and virtually every other electronic product by using our
voices to bark orders at them. Audience's intelligent voice technology
is particularly well suited to this task because it can recognize and
process voice commands even in noisy environments, Santo said.
screen interfaces have exploded in popularity because of the
improvement they provide in ease and convenience. But what could be
easier or more convenient than hands-free voice commands? We are closing
in an era where we interface with our electronics with our voices, even
from the other side of the room or the cockpit of a vehicle going 60
miles per hour, like Jean-Luc Picard ordering a cup of tea.
Of course, voice command interfaces have already gained traction in some areas, but that's only the tip of the iceberg.
are really just at the beginning of voice and auditory intelligence in
user interfaces," Santos said. "Voice is going to have a very
significant role as user interface comparable to that of touch not just
in phones but along a broad range of mobile devices."
Having seen Audience's technology demoed a couple of times, I have to say I don't think the firm really needs Apple to make or break it. It's great technology, which produces good results and has plenty of other design wins.
EE Times video of Audience demo here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AegzOrWoNdE
Voice command is a very good stuff. However, the Siri now in iPhone is still far from the real voice command. As a non-English speaker, I found the Siri can't recognise my command almost 90% of the time. While Apple developed a version of Siri with my mother tongue, it still can't do a good job recognising my command. This time, I'm sure it is not because of my pronunciation or intonation. It is just the technology not mature enough! I hope one day I can really command my gadgets fully with voice!