New York (February 13, 2007)–At the IBM Speech Technology Innovation Conference, IBM and Avoca Semiconductor announced a collaboration where they would be working with All Media Guide (AMG) to support voice control and search on digital entertainment devices, using IBM Embedded ViaVoice speech recognition technology.
Beginning with digital music, Avoca and AMG will co-create and design products using speech to control a media center or portable media player. “With IBM and Avoca technologies, AMG can give users access to its rich editorial content and data through simple voice commands,” said Greg Smith, vice president of technology at All Media Guide, “Users will be able to locate music by their favorite artists by requesting nicknames like ‘The Boss,’ alternate names like P. Diddy, Puff Daddy or Sean Combs, acronyms like ‘CSNY’ for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and many other associations only available in AMG’s rich metadata.”
Avoca has an OEM agreement with IBM, under which IBM Embedded ViaVoice speech recognition technology will be used by Avoca in the design of its voice control and search product family. Avoca creates speech-enabled user interface (UI) platforms, such as its Media Control Platform, that utilize IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice runtime software as the recognition engine. “We are focused on delivering the most effective and satisfying end-user experience with voice control,” said Iain Scott, president of Avoca. “Our AMG and IBM alliances help ensure that Avoca technology and products will provide customers with end-to-end user interface solutions that make digital media systems easier to use.”
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