IoT

Sensory Inc. Breakthrough Technology Allows Always-on, Lower-power Listening for Wake Words

Gadgets like those from Alexa, Apple, Google, that are constantly listening for a Wake Word before providing assistance do so mostly through powered devices. Except for the most current Amazon Fire Tablet, the always-on listening feature is generally not available for smartphone or mobile devices due to the power consumption required to always be active. For smartphones, the user has to tap or tap and hold special buttons or key sequences to activate the smart assistant. Sensory has released TrulyHandsfree technology so that app partners can take advantage of a low-power listening “mode” and develop their apps to be able to provide real-time interaction. Sensory expects to see new apps built using its new technology to begin to appear in Q2 for Android and iOS platforms. Press ...

Microsoft Licenses IP for Connected Cars to Toyota

Most companies are moving beyond just connected gadgets and the automobile industry is a key target. Amazon, for example, has created an Alexa Automotive division. Apple has been rumored to also be very interested in this market. And, of course, Google is deep into this area with self-driving cars and virtual mapping. Microsoft has had some experience in this area, too. Some of the company’s first advances here were with Ford, delivering a connected experience with the SYNC technology. Unfortunately, that particular partnership went south. Ford blamed Microsoft. Microsoft blamed Ford. But, that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from moving forward. The company is not interested in manufacturing cars, but instead licensing technology to car makers. This week, Microsoft announced a new pr...