A pair of new speaker verification and identification technologies was announced on Tuesday. Sensory, which licenses its intellectual property to chip makers and OEMs said, both technologies can be paired with its TrulyHandsFree voice activation technology. Combining the new technologies will allow OEMs to eliminate the need to manually unlock a Smartphone.
This new technology allows users to unlock and personalize their device just through their voice alone instead of unlocking this handheld device manually. And, this will be demonstrated at the CTIA show next in New Orleans, Micron Associates revealed. Sensory’s speech technology is used in apps like Vlingo which in “car mode”, constantly cocks a virtual ear, listening for commands. The traditional problem with that approach is that active listening drains CPU cycles and battery power, further limiting the short-lived battery life of today’s Smartphones. This new technology is embedded below the level of the operating system, via a partnership with embedded chip company Tensilica. They’re far enough down that the technology consumes just 5 to 10 milliamps. That’s a factor of ten better than the 2010 Vlingo technology, Mozer said.
Sensory’s technology can be used within the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, as well as Bluetooth headsets like the BlueAnt V1. In each, voice commands have been used to activate the device, as well as to issue it commands. Micron Associates in detailed the Sensory’s new technology two functionalities, first is the identification, as for a key identifier for next generation living room devices, which may be shared by several people, Mozer said. Furthermore, this can also be used in order to know which user is operating the device, automatically configuring it to his or her preferences. Second is the verification in which identification pulls into the security space. Herein also uses two-factor authentication- a code word as well as the user’s own voiceprint – to authenticate the user.
Sensory used “Hello, Blue Genie” for its testing phase. However if an OEM allows it, there would probably be nothing stopping a user from choosing “My voice is my password; verify me” – the famous line from the 1992 classic, Sneakers.