Sensory Announces Release of Fluent Speech SDK

9/18/2002 - Sensory, the leading provider of high-quality, low-cost embedded speech technology, announced the release of the Fluent Speech Software Development Kit (SDK). The SDK allows developers to easily implement and integrate speech recognition into a wide range of consumer electronics products including convergence devices like PDAs and smart phones, MP3 players, and navigation systems.

The SDK is based on the speaker-independent Fluent Speech engine, which is capable of recognizing several thousand words or phrases. Recognition vocabularies can be dynamically built directly from text, even on the device. This highly configurable phonemic recognition engine requires no user training and provides continuous digit recognition, wordspotting, grammar-based vocabularies, N-best results, and excellent noise robustness.

The SDK is available for devices using StrongARM processors running Microsoft's Windows CE operating system or one of its variants such as Pocket PC or Auto PC, as well as for Windows PCs. The SDK also includes libraries for the Windows Pocket PC Emulator. Support for other platforms is on the way. To complement Sensory's technology libraries, the SDK includes several demos with modifiable source code to streamline development. In addition to English, the SDK is also available in Japanese, with other languages to be announced soon. The Fluent Speech SDK is available directly from Sensory's web site for $1995.

Todd Mozer, Sensory's president and CEO points out, "Not only will companies that want to embed speech recognition as part of their product be able to do so quicker and at a dramatically lower cost, but the SDK also opens the door for application development houses to offer a differentiating capability directly to their current and potential customers." Sensory can provide custom solutions as well.

The release of the Fluent Speech SDK comes just weeks after Sensory's release of its micro-footprint Voice Activation SDK. "The release of these SDKs, combined with Sensory's existing suite of tools for developing on its award-winning IC platforms, gives Sensory the broadest coverage of the embedded speech market in the industry," said Mozer. "Efficient processing, memory, and power usage are key components of all of our embedded solutions."

About Sensory
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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