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Five Questions with Conversation Design Expert Erika Hall

May 17, 2022

At Picovoice, we know building voice features that perform in the real world is hard. We help organizations by building the best-in-class…

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10 Questions with Dr Monica Lam, Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University

March 31, 2022

Monica Lam is a Professor in the Computer Science department at Stanford University since 1988. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of…

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Speech-to-Text 2.0: Better, Faster, Stronger

March 09, 2022

Picovoice achieves cloud-level accuracy with tiny Speech-to-Text models, addressing privacy, cost, and reliability problems of the $3…

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Unlocking the voice data | Picovoice On-Device Voice Recognition

March 07, 2022

IDC predicts that new data generated globally will reach 175 ZB by 2025 compared to 64.2 ZB in 2020. More than 80% of 175 ZB will be…

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Post COVID-19 Era: Voice Applications in Stores

February 23, 2022

Times of crisis spur lasting innovation. With COVID-19, the transition from physical to digital has brought lasting change to how we think…

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HIPAA Compliant Voice Tech in Healthcare

February 16, 2022

TL; DR: Voice streamlines healthcare workflows and improves the patient experience. Picovoice integration into medical equipment can create…

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New Era for Podcast Publishers

February 09, 2022

The podcast industry is growing. A recent study estimates that the number of listeners in the US was above 162 million in 2021. […

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Post COVID-19 Era: Empowering Ageing Population with Voice

February 02, 2022

The US, Canada, France, Japan, and Germany are just a few of 34 countries where more than 20% of the population will be over 65 years old by…

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5 Tips for Voice User Experience Design

January 26, 2022

Researchers have recently experimented with wake words of Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Jibo Robot to see the effect of branding on voice…

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Post COVID-19 Era: Back to the office

January 19, 2022

The COVID-19 has changed our lives in many ways. While only 5% of work hours were spent at home at the beginning of 2020, it went up to 6…

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Building voice products with your favourite SDK

January 12, 2022

Picovoice is built by developers for developers. It’s not surprising that there’s an exhaustive list of SDKs that are available to build…

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Picovoice 2021 Wrapped

December 21, 2021

It’s been a busy year at Picovoice. In case you missed some of our news, we summarized them. See the highlights below, and let us know…

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V2.0 Feature Tour

December 15, 2021

V2.0 releases of Porcupine wake word and Rhino Speech-to-Intent engines achieve much higher accuracies than the predecessors and add…

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Introducing Picovoice’s Free Tier

December 07, 2021

“Integrating a wake word engine is expensive, involves upfront cost, and takes time. Although affordable for big companies this can be a…

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Not Another Metaverse Post

November 17, 2021

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You read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, watched Free Guy, heard Facebook, Microsoft or NVIDIA's plans for metaverse, or Gucci and Roblox…

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Voice-Enabled Web

November 10, 2021

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We pay our credit card bills every month, yet most of us struggle to find the payment portal in the banking web application. Filling complex…

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Octopus: Picovoice's Voice Search Engine

November 03, 2021

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Can you imagine modern life without Google search? In the mid-1990s, the World Wide Web’s popularity created a deluge of novel text data…

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Cobra: Picovoice’s Voice Activity Detection Engine

October 27, 2021

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Voice activity detection (VAD) is a crucial component of many speech processing solutions. VAD detects the presence of a human voice within…

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Picovoice Enables Voice Picking

September 29, 2021

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What's voice picking? Voice picking, also known as voice-directed picking, speech-based picking, pick by voice, or pick-to-voice, uses…

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A Voice AI Browser Extension

July 21, 2021

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Web Wake Words Voice-activated assistants have become part of our lives via mobile devices (like Siri) and smart speakers (like Alexa). But…

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Picovoice Web SDKs now Available

April 14, 2021

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Picovoice has released its new Web SDK with out-of-the-box support across all major frameworks, including Angular, React, and Vue. Picovoice…

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The First No-Code Voice AI Platform for Microcontrollers

February 23, 2021

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Today we are announcing the public availability of Picovoice Shepherd : the first no-code platform for building voice interfaces on…

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Announcing German Language Support and Plans to Go Multilingual

February 09, 2021

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Picovoice announces early access to its private voice AI SDK for the German language. Picovoice enables creating voice experiences similar…

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From GUI to VUI: Voice-Enabling a Cross-Platform .NET Desktop Application

January 06, 2021

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Announcing Public Availability of Picovoice Console

December 22, 2020

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Picovoice Console is the platform for designing, training, and testing voice interfaces instantly in your browser. No machine learning…

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Talking Chess: Adding Offline, Cross-Platform Voice Controls to Chess in .NET Core

December 21, 2020

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Picovoice’s Alexa, Google, and Siri wake words are now free!

December 07, 2020

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We are making all major voice assistant wake words available for free under the permissive Apache 2.0 license: Alexa Hey Google & Okay…

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Offline Voice AI in a Web Browser

July 09, 2020

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Why offline when you're online? Offline Voice AI in a browser may seem contradictory. Doesn’t using a web browser mean you’re online? But…

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Porcupine™ Wake Word Engine - V1.8 Feature Tour

June 01, 2020

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We are excited to announce the release of Porcupine version 1.8, which achieves major accuracy and runtime efficiency improvements. This is…

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A Strategy Guide for Voice Applications

February 07, 2020

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Developers face myriad choices when building voice products. Although the end results are similar, different approaches carry significant…

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Voice UI on Mobile: Challenges and Opportunities

October 10, 2019

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Adoption of voice interfaces on mobile platforms has grown rapidly in recent years. This surge is almost entirely driven by voice assistants…

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Local Speech-to-Text with Cloud-Level Accuracy

September 17, 2019

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Voice recognition has flourished with the growth of cloud-based speech services. Despite the ubiquity of voice-enabled products, processing…

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End-to-End Intent Inference from Speech

August 29, 2019

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Inferring intent from spoken commands is at the core of any modern voice user interface (VUI). Typically the inference is performed within a…

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Benchmarking a Wake Word Detection Engine

August 14, 2019

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Wake word detection is used in almost every application with a Voice User Interface (VUI) supporting hands-free operation. Wake phrases…

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The Case for Voice AI on the Edge

July 29, 2019

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Cloud computing has been the driving force in the adoption of voice AI, but it has inherent limitations due to its reliance on connectivity…

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Picovoice’s Speech-to-Intent Engine

December 26, 2018

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Yet Another Wake Word Engine

April 24, 2018

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