Intel’s Voice Recognition Technology Comes Full Circle
According to Quartz, Intel has partnered with Nuance to release a new prototype wireless headset called Jarvis. It is capable of running Intel’s voice recognition software locally for speedier responses to the user's commands and requests.
By banking on developments made in wearable technology, like the recently announced Intel Quark technology-based Edison, the company is able to develop Jarvis, in partnership with Nuance. The latter is a recognized leader in the development of speech recognition and natural language technologies. Intel has eschewed cloud computing services, and opted for the offline parsing and processing of audio data. A large part of the compute work, for most mobile devices operating voice recognition software, is performed by backend servers residing in cloud data centers. In addition, there are delays faced when the responses are sent back to the devices. This adds to the end-user’s frustration, especially when there isn’t cellular coverage for the smart device.
Therefore, by processing data locally, Jarvis is purportedly able to response much quicker than most voice recognition software available on current smart devices. For desktop PCs, voice recognition has been a mainstay for some years due to their more powerful CPUs. Intel hopes bridge the gap with its innovations made in wearable technology. The company's strategy to beat its competitors like Apple and Google, is to sell its offline voice recognition technology to smart phone manufacturers.