For its latest release, Vuzix’s widely renown Smart Glasses take a step ahead in human-machine interactions by bringing in the offline and multilingual Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) provided by Vivoka’s Voice Development Kit.
The Voice Development Kit is the result of several years of expertise in the field of voice. Gathering all the embedded speech technologies – proprietary or partner’s – companies and developers would need, the solution offers unparalleled access to the voice ecosystem. It is equipped with a user-friendly graphical interface that facilitates the choice, development and testing of multiple technologies, from automatic speech processing, wake words, to voice biometrics and text-to-speech.
Vuzix is an industry leader in Augmented Reality (AR) technology that provides innovative products to defense, security, and enterprise. For the release of its Smart Glasses’ latest version, Vuzix decided to promote voice interactions to bolster its devices’ interactivity. Voice in addition to augmented reality will develop the way users embrace wearable technologies in the different fields that are covered by the company’s reach.
The choice of embedded technologies is not trivial. Areas equipped with Vuzix’s smart glasses are affected by specific environments that make it difficult to have perfect connectivity for Cloud solutions. Vivoka’s solutions can run offline, on-device, to operate anywhere, anytime.
“At Vivoka, we all imagine a world where voice is the most natural way to interact with our surrounding technologies. With clients such as Vuzix, we are very proud to participate in a revolution that is carried by powerful innovation players. Wearables like Vuzix’s famous smart glasses will bring even more thrust in the voice tech mass adoption by companies. Our goal is more than ever to provide developers with state-of-the-art technologies that are easy to adopt and to turn into real inventions.” said William SIMONIN, Vivoka’s CEO and Co-Founder.
In this approach, the Voice Development Kit was used by the Vuzix Development Teams to create and customize an Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) engine able to understand any voice command that include specific vocabulary. The technology used is provided by Cerence, a partner integrated in Vivoka’s Voice Development Kit, which also technically assisted the teams in the success of the project. With 30 languages available, the solution makes it possible to meet the current and future needs of a company such as Vuzix, whose ambitions are not limited by borders.
“Our broad language support is a distinct competitive advantage for us across many foreign markets and we are happy to be working with a speech technology leader such as Vivoka to enable this,” said Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix. “We continue to add additional functionalities and feature enhancements to our Smart Glasses all the time, many based on the ongoing customer feedback we receive, as we continue to leverage the power and performance of our robust hardware platform.”
Vivoka’s latest version of the Voice Development Kit has been released in early fall 2021 with brand new voice biometrics technologies. The solution is currently empowering many companies and industries with on-device voice-based capabilities : Mobility, Consumers Electronics, Robotics, Defense and Aerospace are some of the fields that rely on Vivoka’s solutions.
Vivoka is a French company located in Metz and founded in 2015 by William SIMONIN. Thanks to its innovative solutions, Vivoka has become the French leader in voice recognition with the Voice Development Kit. It allows any company and developer to configure an embedded voice assistant composed of one or more offline voice technologies in record time. Vivoka won the coveted Innovation Award at CES 2019. A feat it repeated by winning the Innovation Award in the Smart Cities category at CES 2020. Accompanied by a dynamic team of about 30 employees, Vivoka has managed to double the number of its customers this past year.
Vuzix is a leading supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. The Company’s products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high-quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 210 patents and patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2021 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK, and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit the Vuzix website, Twitter and Facebook pages.
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