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Sensory: Cellphones To Recognize Master’s Voice

New Orleans –


will turn up at this week’s CTIA
Wireless 2012 with upgraded speech-recognition technologies that wake up a
phone via a verbal command and automatically adjust a cellphone’s personal
settings based on the person speaking.

One of the
technologies, called speaker verification, lets users wake up their phone by
speaking a predetermined verification or wake-up phrase preset by the
cellphone’s manufacturer and activated by the user. The technology makes it
unnecessary for users to unlock their smartphone by typing in a four-digit
number or swiping a finger across the touchscreen.

The technology
recognizes a particular person’s voice print, allowing the user to say a word
or phrase that will both verify the user’s identity and wake the device up, the
company said.

“Mobile devices
still require tactile interactions before users can enable voice-recognition
and voice-control functions,” CEO Todd Mozer said in describing the advantages
of Sensory’s speaker-verification technology.

The speaker-verification
technology can be paired with the company’s new speaker-identification
technology, which uses a person’s voice to call up a specific user’s
preferences and settings. With the technology, a cellphone can be trained to
recognize the settings of multiple users.

“As voice control
of consumer devices becomes more prevalent, Sensory’s speaker identification
technology will improve the user experience on shared devices by providing
recommendations and suggestions based on an individual’s habits, behavior and
lifestyle or automatically adjusting the device to the user’s unique
preferences,” said Mozer.

The two
technologies are available for Android phones under license from Sensory, which
is based in Santa Clara, Calif.