2/14/2005 - Sensory, Inc., the world’s leading supplier of embedded speech technologies, announced the arrival of Adaptive Artificial IntelligenceTM for the RSC-4x Family of speech processors. This new technology empowers developers to create products that learn over time and display life-like personalities. Adaptive Artificial IntelligenceTM (Adaptive AITM) is optimized for small, embedded footprints, making it perfect for low cost consumer electronics, toys and games. “With the advent of Adaptive Artificial Intelligence, interaction between humans and machines takes the next big step.” said Bill Teasley, Sensory VP-Engineering, “For example, home automation systems can learn and automatically anticipate the preferences of the user, such as for temperature and lighting. An entertainment robot can grow from a baby to a mature individual with unique personality characteristics and preferences based on its experiences. Adaptive AITM brings life to products and products to life.”
The Brains Behind Adaptive AITM
Adaptive Artificial IntelligenceTM technology is a methodology based on statistical pattern recognition expressed as reinforcement learning. Dr. Michael Mozer, an internationally recognized expert in machine learning, developed this concept to enable machines to better meet the social and physical desires of people. Products imitating real life behaviors are a growing market as evidenced by the recent trend in entertainment robots in the forms of dogs and people, and dolls that provide interactive experiences. Adaptive AITM enables such products to simulate life-like characteristics with captivating personalities that change over time. For instance, a product may get hungry or sleepy, have specific food preferences, or tend to be excitable or grumpy. It can even allow unique “birth characteristics” for each unit, and along with the unit’s unique experiences over time, result in no two units being exactly alike.
Adaptive AITM may also be used to enable a light switch or a thermostat to learn a user’s preferences for patterns of use and settings and meet those desires automatically. No extensive product setup is required. A short period of usage teaches the product the user’s preferences, and as the user’s preferences change over time, the product will learn these as well.
New IC’s Support Adaptive AITM Algorithms
Sensory’s RSC-4x Family of microcontrollers with speech input/output (I/O) capabilities now also support the Adaptive AITM technology. Powered by Sensory’s new FluentChipTM firmware suite of speech recognition, speech synthesis and music synthesis technologies, these low cost IC’s selling for under $2 in volume can handle recognition vocabularies of up to 40 speaker independent words. All the necessary ROM, RAM, and other hardware are contained on chip, including a general-purpose microcontroller and powerful 16 bit A/D converter. By replacing the existing microcontroller, a Sensory RSC-4x Family chip can add intelligence and personality, speech input (recognition) and speech output (talking), with an incremental cost of under $1. The RSC-4x Family opens these technologies up to a new generation of consumer products, with user interface features that were never before affordable.
About Sensory, Inc.
Sensory, Inc., based in Santa Clara, CA, is the world leader in embedded speech technologies. Sensory offers a complete line of IC and software-only solutions for speech recognition, speech & music synthesis, speaker verification and other voice and audio technologies. Sensory’s customers are leaders in consumer electronics and include Avon, Fisher-Price, Hasbro, JVC, Kenwood, Matsushita, Mattel, MGA, Mitsubishi, Radica, Sega, Sharper Image, Sony, Tektronix, Toshiba, Uniden, and many others. Interactive SpeechTM line of low-cost ICs includes the award-winning RSC Series (general purpose microcontrollers for speech I/O), SC Series (music and speech synthesis) and the SVC biometric voice chips. Sensory’s software products are available on a range of hardware platforms from microcontrollers to DSPs. Sensory’s Internet address is www.sensoryinc.com.
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