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Picovoice launches a voice-operated selfie web app powered by its private offline voice AI


August 14, 2020 (VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA) — Picovoice launches a voice-operated selfie web app powered by its private offline voice AI. The demo is available at https://picovoice.ai/selfie/.

With the Picovoice Selfie web app, using your webcam and microphone you can take selfies with your voice. Snap your best shot by keeping your posture relaxed and your eyes focused on the camera lens instead of on buttons. Picovoice always-listening voice commands power the shutter, timer, picture, and download functions. Additional Picovoice NLU provides support for applying filters by expressing the filter name naturally.

Although social media apps revolve around sharing personal information, concerns such as those with TikTok over the past few years show that there are boundaries between what people are comfortable sharing and what they do not consent to have companies collect. Private voice AI allows the convenience of voice control without needing to send microphone data to social media providers.

“There’s an emerging trend of social media apps offering voice interfaces to increase their audience engagement with the latest coming from SnapChat”, says Mehrdad Majzoobi, VP of Business Development at Picovoice. “However, these implementations are sending the smartphone’s microphone output to third-party cloud providers, which can potentially compromise user privacy.”

The web is one of many available platforms for Picovoice speech technology. Picovoice AI runs entirely on-device on virtually everything—from web browsers to mobile phones—making it a great choice for cross-platform social media apps. Voice interfaces can be developed with the Picovoice Console, a web-based model training platform.

Picovoice is a Canadian AI startup based in Vancouver, British Columbia. To learn more about Picovoice, visit us on the web at https://picovoice.ai.