Sensory powers new voice-enabled Farberware microwaves, the first of many home devices to feature a private, custom voice assistant
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 6, 2021 –Sensory today announced that custom voice assistants that deliver total user privacy are officially here and are already revolutionizing how people interact with things they own.
Sensory’s technologies are helping custom voice assistants go mainstream, powering everyday appliances like the Farberware FM11VABK voice-controlled microwave oven. Immediately available in the US market, this new microwave oven utilizes Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree and TrulyNatural technologies to provide all the benefits of a custom voice assistant without the privacy compromises of cloud-based, general-purpose assistant platforms.
A recent survey by Voicebot.ai called out custom voice assistants as the biggest voice AI trend for 2021. Conceptually, custom voice assistants are voice assistants trained for specific domains, making them capable of outperforming general-purpose assistants like Google, Alexa, and Siri in quality of experience.
Amazon has already jumped on this trend with its announcement of custom voice assistants. Sensory has led the market in this same direction, but with a few substantial differences – Sensory does it 100% on device, keeping voice data completely private, with no data collection from the product and no recordings sent to the cloud. This means no added costs for cloud connections.
Due to the edge architecture of Sensory’s domain-specific assistant technology, customers can enjoy hassle-free setup – no Wi-Fi, no apps, no third-party hardware, and no cloud-connected assistant always listening in. Just plug the microwave into a power outlet and it is ready to understand numerous voice commands, such as, “Open door,” “cook popcorn,” “set timer to one minute 36 seconds,” “defrost,” “reheat for 2 minutes,” and many more commands. Ease of setup and use is just one of the many benefits of Sensory’s AI on the edge. Since Sensory’s speech recognition is all done on-device, concerns about audio recordings being sent and stored in the cloud are put to rest — privacy comes standard!
“We’re at a turning point with voice UI technology. People love the convenience of mainstream voice assistants, but privacy, accuracy, complicated setup, and connectivity issues continue to be a growing concern among users. These concerns have intensified the need for custom private voice assistants,” said Todd Mozer, CEO at Sensory. “Sensory’s customer base used to be driven by companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung that licensed Sensory technology to improve their general assistant offerings. Today we’re seeing a major shift, with most of our customers being brands that want to own and manage their own private custom voice assistant platforms.”
The Farberware microwave is an example of what can be done at the edge. The large-vocabulary recognizer with a custom statistical language model and NLU can support complex actions like, “Cook four baked potatoes.” Because the Sensory NLU engine looks for “intents” within a limited domain, the chance of being misunderstood is substantially less than any off-the-shelf assistants. Sensory’s product testing division, Vocalize.ai evaluated the device for speech recognition accuracy and task completion rate, and when benchmarked against the Amazon Basics Microwave with Alexa, the Farberware microwave accurately recognized and executed 68% more spoken commands than Alexa. The complete evaluation report is available from Sensory.
“Smart appliance adoption is growing among US broadband households. Thirteen percent of US broadband households now own a smart appliance and smart microwaves are a leading category. Voice control is a highly-valued feature for smart appliance owners, with more than one-fifth of those who own or intend to purchase various smart appliances rating voice control as one of the most appealing features of the appliance,” said Patrice Samuels, senior analyst, Parks Associates.
This news expands on Sensory’s recent announcement of its VoiceHub platform, a free-to-use set of web tools that give brands the power to quickly create custom wake words and powerful, private voice assistants supporting many languages in just a few minutes.
Sensory Inc. creates a safer and superior UX through vision and voice technologies. Sensory technologies are widely deployed in consumer electronics applications including mobile phones, automotive, wearables, toys, IoT, and various home electronics. Sensory’s product line includes TrulyHandsfree voice control, TrulySecure biometric authentication, and TrulyNatural large vocabulary natural language embedded speech recognition. Sensory’s technologies have shipped in several billions of units from leading brands all over the world.
“Beyond the extremely appealing social media content they create, CCO is revolutionizing the marine media landscape. No other media group delivers the same kind of modern approach, unique perspective and influential voice to boating-focused content than they do,” said Bryatt Fischer, Marketing Director, JL Audio. “We are thrilled to support CCO Showdown and look forward to seeing CCO expand these events in the future.”
As part of this sponsorship, Clarion Marine will work with CCO to create high-quality content and generate exposure among those fishing in the tournament and those following it on social media. Additionally, Clarion Marine will have personnel on the ground at the event to answer any questions about Clarion Marine products, hand out swag and host product giveaways.
“JL Audio has been a great partner of ours and we are excited to expand the relationship to include Clarion Marine in our CCO Showdown,” Alan Blanco, CEO at Center Consoles Only. “We personally chose the Clarion Marine brand for our boat’s audio option and couldn’t speak more highly of the product quality and overall value. The products are a perfect fit for Center Console enthusiasts and we look forward to working more closely with this brand as we grow our CCO Showdown tournament events.”
The CCO Sailfish Showdown Fishing Tournament will be hosted in Coconut Grove at Monty’s Raw Bar at Bayshore Landing in Miami. Event runs from May 6-8, 2021. Participants must have center console boats to participate and fish the tournament.
About Clarion Marine: With a history spanning eight decades, Clarion has long been recognized as a trendsetter in the audio space – pioneering in the marine audio category starting in 1995. From that point forward, Clarion Marine has built a reputation for providing marine-grade products that provide an uncompromising blend of performance, value and durability. Today, Clarion Marine products come standard or as optional equipment from several top boat manufacturers and can be purchased at leading audio resellers and retailers globally. For more information, visit clarionmarine.com or follow the company on Facebook or Instagram.
About JL Audio: Guided by a philosophy that great audio has real value, JL Audio develops innovative products that improve the audio experience on the go, in the home and in the studio. Committed to unique engineering and quality manufacturing, JL Audio operates three U.S. engineering facilities, and builds many of its home, car and marine loudspeaker products at the company’s Miramar, Florida, USA factory, with components sourced from the company’s global supply network. For more information, visit jlaudio.com or follow the company on Facebook or Twitter.
Smaller Than a Rubik’s Cube, SolidRun’s I.MX 8M Plus Powered CuBox-M Provides Software Developers a Pocketable Platform to Test New Applications
SolidRun, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance edge computing solutions, today announced a new addition to its recently announced portfolio of i.MX 8M Plus powered solutions – the CuBox-M Micro Desktop Computer.
At 8 cubic inches (2”x2”x2”), CuBox-M offers developers an unwavering combination of design simplicity and engineering capability, while its remarkably small size makes it perfect for on-the-go demos and product development. The ultra-compact desktop computer comes packed with either a dual- or quad-core ARM® Cortex® A53 processor with integrated Cortex® M7 core, a Cadence® Tensilica® HiFi 4 DSP that supports voice and natural language processing chores, and an integrated neural processing unit for enhanced AI and machine learning capabilities at the edge.
The CuBox-M is perfect for software developers. “Not everyone working on Arm-based IoT software wants an exposed SBC lying on their desk with wires hanging out of it. Sometimes a software developer or machine learning researcher just wants a streamlined system to test their product on, be it an Android application or a new Edge-based AI inference algorithm,” said SolidRun’s chief systems architect Jon Nettleton. “CuBox-M offers them exactly that, a small, powerful, and cost-effective machine for testing software that benefits from the incredible capabilities of the new i.MX 8M Plus.”
The CuBox-M comes equipped with multiple USB 3.0 interfaces and a 1080p HDMI output with plug-and-play desktop standards that software developers are used to. Additionally, SolidRun offers an optional upgrade that adds Power over Ethernet (PoE). Adding PoE makes it so that a single Ethernet cable connection services double duty as a connectivity source and power source for the entire CuBox-M system – including attached peripherals. For those that require the freedom to do development work remotely, the CuBox-M travels well – requiring very little space in a travel bag.
Hiperwall’s hardware-agnostic, IP-based video wall software now offers seamless management of more sources with less hardware, and streamlines video wall control through a simplified UI
Hiperwall, Inc., an industry leader in IP-based distributed visualization technology, today announced version 7.0 of its hardware-agnostic video wall software. Setting the bar for value and video wall capabilities to new heights, Hiperwall 7.0 unlocks a variety of highly-demanded features for designing and operating dvLED or video wall visual canvases of any size and layout.
Hiperwall 7.0 Supports More Sources While Reducing Hardware and License Costs
Now supporting 80 content sources per IP streams computer, a significant increase from 25 content sources supported per PC with version 6.0, Hiperwall now lets decision makers see and analyze more data with less hardware. Additionally, version 7.0 cuts HiperSource license costs by seamlessly integrating with Video Management System (VMS) solutions, allowing security operations centers and network operations centers to rotate through their IP security camera feeds using VMS, instead of requiring licenses for inactive IP camera streams. Not only does Hiperwall 7.0 support more IP streams and VMS, it simplifies the management of these sources through a new source tab in the control panel. This source tab allows users to access and browse all available sources, control sources via a virtual KVM, create new RTSP streams and open browser windows.
Unrivaled Visual Performance for dvLED Video Walls
To meet the demands of the growing dvLED video wall market, Hiperwall 7.0 introduces its industry-exclusive multi-controller dvLED synchronization solution called HiperView Quantum. This add-on solution provides state-of-the-art video synchronization across multiple LED controllers and eliminates latency, resulting in a superior visual experience of active content. This technology eliminates the common image tearing that occurs as active content across multiple LED controllers.
Failsafe Operation and Streamlined User Experience
With unrivaled functionality and flexibility, Hiperwall 7.0 features new content synchronization features designed to minimize disruptions resulting from hardware failures. Should a video wall display PC fail, the content it was displaying will automatically come back up as soon as the replacement hardware is installed. There is no need for additional configuration. Serving as the ultimate tool for communication, collaboration and decision making in command centers and control rooms, Hiperwall’s new Auto SmartSnap™ streamlines the layout design process, making it quick and easy to maximize available video wall canvas space. This feature allows content to be dragged, dropped and automatically sized to surrounding snap-to Wall Grids. Wall Grids are also no longer defined by display bezels, making this an immensely useful technology for dvLED installations.
The new software version brings enhanced value to customers in the control room environment, but also for any analytical task combining different data sources in real-time. An explosion of data caused by the Internet of Things and the further distribution of corporate IT assets have made video wall solutions vital to success. The need to visualize and manage data from multiple sources can happen anywhere and at any time, and decision makers must have oversight of it all.
“As this past year has emphasized, through COVID and other historic events, immediate access to mission-critical data is invaluable to the decision-making process,” said Tom Scott, CEO at Hiperwall. “From command centers and control rooms, to board rooms and classrooms, Hiperwall’s AV over IP visualization technology continues to revolutionize how we view information. With the new features offered in version 7.0, customers will immediately benefit from enhanced control of their video walls, allowing for greater productivity and confidently-made decisions.”
Hiperwall, Inc., a leading company in next generation video wall systems and distributed visualization software technology, is transforming the industry by eliminating the need for specialized servers, matrix switches, tangled cables and time-consuming training in favor of a solution that is easy to install, easy to use and easy on the budget. Hiperwall has eliminated these barriers by developing a software-based video wall system that is completely hardware agnostic, allowing users to deploy systems with nothing more than commonly available PCs, monitors and network equipment. For more information, visit www.hiperwall.com.
Dynabook Americas, Inc., a leading provider of professional-grade laptops, today introduced the Satellite Pro™ laptop series. The company also announced a strategic relationship with SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX), a leading provider of distribution, systems design and integration services for the technology industry, to handle the United States distribution of its new Satellite Pro laptops and expand its reach into the small and medium business sectors. At launch, the Satellite Pro series will consist of three new models, including the 14-inch Satellite Pro C40, 15.6-inch Satellite Pro C50 and 15.6-inch Satellite Pro L50 with prices starting at $499.99 (MSRP).
Dynabook’s Satellite Pro laptop series feature modern designs, a unique commitment to quality and all-round computing capabilities that deliver exceptional value ready for the most demanding tasks required by both professionals and students. Dynabook will offer multiple configurations of the three new Satellite Pro laptops featuring a mix of 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Windows 10 choices, including four Satellite Pro C50 and three Satellite Pro C40 options with prices starting at $499.99 (MSRP). The Satellite Pro L50 configuration will feature a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, Windows 10 Pro, NVIDIA® graphics and priced at $899.99 (MSRP).
“Introducing the Satellite Pro brand and pairing it with our award-winning Portégé® and Tecra® laptops enhances Dynabook’s already robust product portfolio and creates new opportunities in the U.S. market,” said Philip Osako, vice president, marketing and engineering, Dynabook Americas, Inc. “We are pleased to offer our customers a wider selection of options as well as the unique combination of performance and budget-friendly prices within the Satellite Pro product family.”
“We are pleased to announce this strategic alliance with SYNNEX Corporation as our distribution partner for the launch of Satellite Pro,” said Wendy Sue Linsky, senior director, U.S. Channel Sales, Dynabook Americas, Inc. “We believe the introduction of the new Satellite Pro laptops brings a wider offering to our channel partners, hitting key price points and providing great value.”
Resellers can take advantage of SYNNEX Corporation’s expertise in the device mobility market as well as its dedicated sales and enablement teams, helpdesk services and solution monitoring, bundled offerings, and flexible subscription and consumption-based plans with monthly pricing options. The return of the recognizable Satellite Pro brand meets the needs of many SYNNEX customers, regardless of size or market position.
According to Sandi Stambaugh, Vice President, Product Management for SYNNEX Corporation, “We are pleased to work with Dynabook to launch their new Satellite Pro brand in the IT channel. The agreement brings a leading option to our SMB, VAR, DMR and retail customers. By combining Dynabook’s exciting new offering with our team’s channel expertise and dedicated support, our mutual customers are well-positioned for success in this high-growth market segment.”
Satellite Pro C40
The Satellite Pro C40 is powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor (10nm), high-speed DDR4 memory and an ultra-reliable solid-state drive to provide increased productivity and performance for demanding workloads while delivering uncompromising battery life.The sleek and stylish dark blue Satellite Pro C40 is just 18.9 mm thin and weighs only 3.42 pounds1 (1.55 kg) delivering an executive appearance with a smart price tag. Featuring an ample 14-inch non-glare FHD display with a thin bezel allows the laptop to maintain a compact footprint and deliver sharp visuals in a variety of lighting environments. The laptop also incorporates an EPA-approved antimicrobial paint additive called IONPURE® IPL2 which helps inhibit the growth of certain bacteria on the treated surfaces.
The Satellite Pro C40 is ideal for a variety of work locations via its full-size keyboard and an extended-life battery. The laptop also features a large click pad, supporting Windows Precision Touchpad technology for accurate control and easy navigation. The 14-inch Satellite Pro C40 comes fully loaded with connectivity including an HD Webcam with dual array microphones and a USB Type-C™ 3.2 port to support charging, external display and data transfer. The laptop also features an HDMI port for easy sharing on external screens, while fast and reliable Gigabit LAN and 802.11ac Wi-Fi® enable effortless network access. To quickly swap files or connect peripherals, the Satellite Pro C40 includes a micro SD card reader, a pair of USB Type-A ports and built-in Bluetooth® to cover all possibilities.
Satellite Pro C50
A smartly priced, professional-grade laptop with executive looks, the stylish, dark blue Satellite Pro C50 is just 19.7mm thin and a starting weight of only 3.88 pounds1 (1.76kg). This new laptop is powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor (10nm), high-speed DDR4 memory and an ultra-reliable solid-state drive to increase productivity and performance for demanding workloads while delivering uncompromising battery life.
Featuring a large 15.6-inch anti-glare display with a thin bezel allows the laptop to maintain a compact footprint. The laptop incorporates an EPA-approved antimicrobial paint additive called IONPURE® IPL2 which helps inhibit the growth of certain bacteria on the treated surfaces. Designed to perform in the office or on the road, the Satellite Pro C50 incorporates a full-size keyboard with numeric keypad and HD Webcam with dual array microphones. The laptop also features the largest click pad (5.2 x 3.4-inches) in Dynabook’s product portfolio, supporting Windows Precision Touchpad technology for accurate control and easy navigation.
The Satellite Pro C50 comes fully loaded with secure and reliable connectivity options, including a USB Type-C™ 3.2 port to support charging, external display and data transfer. The laptop also features an HDMI port for easy sharing on external screens, while fast and reliable Gigabit LAN and 802.11ac Wi-Fi® enable effortless network access. To quickly swap files or connect peripherals, the Satellite Pro C50 comes standard with a micro SD card reader, a pair of USB Type-A ports and built-in Bluetooth.
Satellite Pro L50
The professional-grade Satellite Pro L50 is equipped with a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor (14nm), NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 discrete graphics and solid-state storage so the laptop can comfortably handle daily tasks without slowing down all on a single battery charge. Featuring a 15.6-inch Full HD, anti-glare display with LED side lighting for clear and crisp visuals in a variety of lighting conditions. For video communications, the laptop also includes an HD Webcam with Webcam Privacy Shutter for privacy assurance and dual array microphones to reduce background noise.
As a mobile productivity tool, the Satellite Pro L50 is lightweight at 4.07 pounds1 (1.85kg) and features a full-sized keyboard with a numeric keypad, along with a comprehensive set of ports, including a USB Type-C™ port, three USB Type-A ports and HDMI. Dynabook equipped the laptop with Gigabit LAN and fast Wi-Fi® for secure and reliable connectivity. With excellent usability, performance and long battery life, the Satellite Pro L50 is ready to excel.
All Satellite Pro laptop configurations will include the Dynabook One-Year Standard Warranty. Additional information on the three new Satellite Pro laptops available at us.dynabook.com.
About Dynabook Americas, Inc. (formerly Toshiba America Client Solutions, Inc.)
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Dynabook Americas, Inc., provides a diverse portfolio of enterprise-grade hardware and software offerings, including awarding-winning mobile computers, innovative wearable devices, augmented reality applications and security solutions. Dynabook designs, engineers and manufactures its offerings in its own-operated facilities to ensure quality and reliability. Dynabook Americas is an independent operating company wholly owned by Dynabook, Inc., of Japan, a wholly owned company of Sharp Corporation. For more information on Dynabook Americas, visit https://us.dynabook.com/.
About Dynabook Inc. (formerly Toshiba Client Solutions Co., Ltd.)
For over 30 years, Dynabook laptops and technologies have set the standard for innovation, quality and reliability. Now wholly-owned by Sharp Corporation, Dynabook Inc., continues that tradition by delivering rich value and services that support our partners and customers in achieving their goals.
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Antimicrobial. IONPURE® IPL (EPA Reg. No. 731148-3) is an EPA-approved antimicrobial substance designed to be incorporated into various materials to help them inhibit the growth of bacteria. IONPURE IPL is incorporated into the paint applied to the Dynabook lid cover, palm rest, display bezel and bottom casing. The antimicrobial properties do not protect users or others against bacteria or other disease organisms.