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Watson has taken a small but significant step in making computer conversations more human-like by releasing its first Text-to-Speech Voice with expressive capabilities. Today’s text-to-speech systems are highly intelligible but lack the ability to interact with emotions. The same tone of voice is used to express happy and sad news; there is never any sign of confusion, and confidence is exuded when apology is more suitable. Our new expressive voice takes the first steps to remedy this lack of Emotional IQ in a conversational interface. Using a simple markup language, phrases such as “We...
Seeing Machines worked with Samsung to create a cockpit that demoed the world's first OLED eye-tracking windscreen display with eye-tracking heads-up display interface. It showcases how eye movements looking at the screen can highlight icons for interactions with contacts, music and air conditioning/heat. The goal is to minimize driver distraction by keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. Through the eye-tracking HUD the driver can access calling contacts, play music and climate control. There are three features on the menu. The icons are highlighted when the driver looks at it....
Connectivity in the age of the Internet of Things means these devices offer new levels of intelligence – but sometimes that means added complexity and confusing user interfaces. That’s why voice is gaining popularity as an interface: it’s natural, and intuitive. Now it’s up to developers to build the right voice experiences for the IoT.   By 2020, there could be as many as 33 billion connected devices, according to Strategy Analytics. That’s three times the number of devices from just a couple of years ago. There are devices for all different contexts: home automation and security,...
The concept of a personal assistant may date back centuries, but only recently have we seen the responsibilities associated with them cross over with our technology, including our cars. What we need is a dedicated automotive assistant that has a deep understanding of the car and your driving-related needs to mitigate distraction and enhance the driving experience. The human personal assistant The job of a personal assistant supporting the rich and powerful can be traced back 2,000 years. Marcus Tullius Tiro, the personal assistant of Roman senator Cicero (106 BC to 43 BC), is one of the...
Visteon will demonstrate vehicle cockpit electronics products and technology for connected driving at CES. Interactive displays and vehicles will showcase Visteon's expertise in instrument clusters, head-up displays, information displays, infotainment, connected audio, and connectivity and telematics. Visteon's exhibit will be in the Central Plaza (CP20) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Advanced concepts will be spotlighted through an interactive vehicle cockpit simulator and two vehicles at Visteon's exhibit. In the cockpit simulator, the latest Visteon human-machine interaction (HMI)...

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