Embedded Speech Provider Ports Fluent Speech to TI's OMAP Platform

8/13/2002 - Sensory, the leading provider of embedded speech technologies ported its award-winning Fluent SpeechTM technology to TI's OMAPTM platform. Sensory's embedded software is ideal for contact lookup, voice-activated dialing, Internet favorites, command and control and password security.

First publicly demonstrated on a convergence phone at the TI Industry Analyst Conference in May, the OMAP platform-optimized version of the Fluent Speech embedded engine will enable intuitive voice-driven user interfaces on sophisticated 2.5G and 3G mobile devices. Since Sensory's recognition engine is completely built into the unit, no network connection is required. Sensory's work on the OMAP platform represents its second engagement with TI, following closely behind Sensory's acquisition of the TI MSP50C6xx line of ICs.

Sensory's Fluent Speech technology is an accurate, noise-robust, small-footprint voice recognition engine that requires no training. The phonemic speaker-independent recognizer is part of a complete technology suite that includes continuous digit recognition, speaker verification, and support for multiple languages. Software development tools for the OMAP platform will be added to Sensory's current Fluent Speech software development kit (SDK).

More Natural User Interfaces
"In the mobile world, the key is accessing information quickly - a growing challenge of today's feature-rich convergence devices," said Todd Mozer, Sensory's president and CEO. "TI's OMAP platform is an ideal fit for our Fluent Speech engine because OMAP is a leading platform for the type of devices where Sensory's features add the most value. TI's OMAP family of application processors delivers unmatched performance and ultra-low power consumption, providing the hardware sophistication required to enable new mobile applications."

"Smart phone and wireless PDA users will be able to take advantage of a richer communications experience with advanced speech technologies like those provided by Sensory," said Paul Werp, worldwide director of marketing for TI's OMAP platform. "Sensory's Fluent Speech technologies offer a broad portfolio of speech algorithms that will provide mobile devices powered by TI's OMAP platform with simple, natural user interfaces."

Simple, Flexible Development
TI's OMAP platform provides developers greater flexibility in deciding where the voice recognition processing should be done. The Fluent Speech SDK for the OMAP platform supports TI's digital signal processor and TI-enhanced ARM9 processor in its OMAP1510 applications processor, and is compatible with the OMAP710 device.

Sensory, Inc. is a member of TI's OMAP Developer Network, a group of software developers writing applications for mobile Internet devices. OMAP developers enjoy a variety of tools and support to enable rapid application development for leading operating systems and programming languages, plus the opportunity to collaborate with a range of developers designing applications such as multimedia, security, location-based services, mobile commerce and gaming. OMAP developers also benefit from TI's fully open OMAP platform, a powerful blend of processors, software and support, which has been selected by Nokia, Palm, NEC, Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, LG Electronics, Sendo, HTC along with other 2.5 and 3G mobile device manufacturers. For more information about the OMAP Developer Network, please visit www.ti.com/sc/omapdevelopers.

About Sensory (www.sensoryinc.com)
Sensory, Inc. is the world leader in embedded speech technologies. Sensory's speech technologies include speech recognition, speaker verification, speech synthesis, and animated speech, and are used in consumer electronics, cell phones, PDA's, internet appliances, interactive toys, automobiles, and other environmentally challenging applications where low cost and high quality is essential. Sensory offers a complete line of integrated circuit and embedded software solutions to customers such as Avon, Fisher-Price, Hasbro, IDT, JVC, Kenwood, Matsushita, Mattel, MGA, Mitsubishi, Radica, Sega, Sharper Image, Sony, Tektronix, Toshiba, Uniden, and VOS. Sensory was founded in 1994 and is based in Santa Clara, California. Voice Activation, Voice Extreme, Interactive Speech, Fluent Speech and Fluent Animated Speech are trademarks of Sensory, Inc.

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