Sensory Releases Speech Recognition Development Kit for iPhone

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iPhone Developers now working on Embedded Voice Enabled Applications

Sensory, Inc., the leader in speech technologies for consumer products, today announced that it has ported its award winning FluentSoft Speech Recognition Software Development Kit to the Apple iPhone platform. iPhone developers can now create applications that feature large vocabulary speaker-independent recognition command and control capabilities. Using a proprietary text-based phonetic engine, the FluentSoft SDK allows custom tuning of speech recognition sets containing thousands of words or phrases without the need to verbally train on the phone.

The FluentSoft SDK is an ideal platform for programming speech recognition into dynamic database applications, as it allows recognition sets to be generated on the fly from incoming text based data. Advanced features like word spotting, phrase grammars, and continuous digit recognition work together to eliminate the limitations of discrete word command-and-control. This creates a more natural user interface, and improves functionality over the other speech solutions on the market.

The FluentSoft SDK is written in standard ANSI C language, and includes dynamic and static software libraries, modifiable example code, APIs for building and tuning the recognition engine, and also a demo program to help conceptualize the final product. The FluentSoft SDK for iPhone is available now, and costs $1995 directly from Sensory or its worldwide sales force.

First FluentSoft-based iPhone Apps Now Available and Under Development-
VoiceActivation.com, a developer using Sensory's FluentSoft SDK Beta Version, has released the first of a variety of speech powered applications for the iPhone based on the FluentSoft SDK. VoiceActivation.com's NameDialâ„¢ for iPhone offers users the ability to dial numbers stored in their contact directory using voice commands, and offers many features and benefits not found in other voice dialing applications. NameDial, available now on the iPhone App Store integrates Text To Speech (TTS) technology to playback the name that was recognized, eliminating the need to look at your phone to confirm it heard you correctly. TTS not only speaks the name of the person but also their location (e.g., home, office or mobile). TTS will be added to Sensory's SDK in a future version.

Sensory's iPhone SDK is unique because it enables the recognition to occur on the iPhone itself, rather than sending the users data over the network back to a powerful server to perform the recognition. This saves money (wireless data fees) and reduces the response-time latency, while keeping iPhone users private information in the phone rather than sending it off to someone's data server which could be located anywhere with unclear data protection and accessibility.

About Sensory, Inc.
Sensory, Inc. is the leader in speech technologies for consumer products, offering a complete line of IC and software-only solutions for speech recognition, speech synthesis, speaker verification, music synthesis and more. Sensory's products are widely deployed in consumer electronics applications including Bluetooth headsets, clocks, telephones, home automation, toys, remote controls, automotive, security, and learning aids. Sensory's customers represent the leaders in consumer electronics, including such companies as BlueAnt Wireless, Hasbro, JVC, Kenwood, Mattel, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Uniden and Sony. Sensory, Inc. is located at 575 N. Pastoria Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085. Additional Sensory offices are located in Portland, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Vienna. The company can be found on the web at http://www.sensoryinc.com.

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