Audience, a maker of voice processing chips for smartphones has added a new component to their processor – motion. Audience acquired Sensor platforms last year and integrated their existing voice processor with motion sensing technology, thereby creating the Audience N100. Audience is inventing a Natural User Experience (NUE). Peter Santos the CEO of Audience says the phone has multiple sensors thereby answering it with your hands, or with your voice is possible.
Audience is always listening, so if you speak out, it responds, or if it is in your hand, it also acknowledges that. Peter claims “the N100 will be best-in-class voice and motion sensing in one chip,” Santos said. “It has pure signal processing, but also lower power than other solutions that consist of multiple chips. We are listening for sound and sensing for motion, and we do it with lower power than multiple solutions.” Santos explains that the processors can detect when there are false alarms and won’t waste energy turning itself completely on, yet being always on. Audience’s VoiceQ offers a variety of wake-up triggers.
The voice tech was created by Audience last year and a few mobile phones and tablets are already being sold with the technology already embedded within it. By adding the MotionQ, which is designed for low power consumption. It makes the combined unit a super energy saver. “There are good reasons why we did this acquisition,” Santos said. “It’s a natural extension of what we do, and we have a lot of headroom to grow.” Audience believes the product line will be attractive to not just smartphone makers, but designers of wearables and IoT devices as well.
The voice and motion sensors are part of a larger platform, even those made by other manufacturers, can plug into the platform and create a new combination of smart sensors that are capable of even greater contextual awareness. The application can even allow for personalized activation codes, even record keywords to activate specific items like your e‑mail. The software even can isolate your voice is noisy environments.
MotionQ provides devices with the ability to understand the context of how they’re being used and in what surroundings. That’s done by processing data collected by an accelerometer and a gyroscope in the N100; judging with high accuracy if a user is “walking, talking, sleeping, driving, etc,” What is really cool is what Santos envisions in the future, such as your phone determining how loud to ring if you’re in a noisy place, or your phone shutting down if you put the phone in your pocket. If your phone rings and bring it towards your head, it will automatically answer without pressing a button.
I hear about companies like this and I get so excited, I think you should be too! Smart tools for a smarter future. You should be thinking about being a part of that future, don’t you agree?