Voice & UI

CES 2023: Technology advancements drive Headphone 3.0 forward

By Peter Cooney / January 27, 2023
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In a previous post Hear This: ‘Ear-Worn Computing’ Around the Corner, I talked about the next generation of headphones (Headphone 3.0) and how this is likely to impact the market over the next few years. At CES 2023 this vision of the future became a little closer to reality, with several companies demonstrating technology that […]

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Amazon is on pace to lose $10 billion this year from Alexa and other devices

By Peter Cooney / January 16, 2023
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Amazon’s Worldwide Digital business unit apparently had a $3 billion operating loss in the first quarter of 2022. This is not all related to Alexa, this business unit also includes Prime Video (and more). This is backed up by reports in 2018 that stated Alexa and Echo lost around $5 billion in that year. For […]

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Meta acquires Audio Analytic

By Peter Cooney / November 28, 2022
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Meta continues to gobble up interesting tech companies, to help shore up its vison for the metaverse. The latest acquisition of interest to SAR Insight, is Audio Analytic.   Audio Analytic has been at the forefront of the sound detection and recognition technology market, providing tools that enable devices to react to sounds such as glass […]

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BMW sticks with Cerence to build next car voice assistant

By SeongCheol_Jang / September 30, 2022
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Although it may not be clearly visible to the car users, Cerence owns a large market share of embedded automotive voice assistants, with many automotive OEMs as customers.  When it comes to voice assistants in automotive, there are two implementations – one is cloud-based and the other is embedded. While cloud-based voice assistant systems are […]

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Meta acquires Lofelt

By Peter Cooney / September 15, 2022
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Lofelt announced on its website “Lofelt is now embarking on a new adventure, and we will sunset our products on July 7th, 2022”, this was a bit cryptic and left us wondering what is happening here. WSJ announced that Meta has acquired Lofelt, for an undisclosed sum. Now, did Meta purchase Lofelt after it had […]

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Meeting Owl 3: 360° video conferencing camera, mic, and speaker

By Joe Murray / July 19, 2022
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AI based conferencing system company, Owl Labs, has just released the latest product in its benchmark series the Meeting Owl 3. The premium series—while it has won multiple awards over the few years it has been active—still comes with numerous issues which the company has aimed to address in the latest edition, most notably the […]

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Razer acquires Interhaptics to drive Haptics ecosystem

By Peter Cooney / July 8, 2022
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Congrats to Eric Vezzoli and his team on the announcement that gaming giant Razer will acquire haptics platform vendor Interhaptics. Razer has been investing in the use of haptics to enhance the gaming experience for a number of years, with products such as the Razer Nari Ultimate – a haptics enabled gaming headset and Razer […]

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Highly efficient sound power and sound intensity measurements with augmented reality

By Joe Murray / June 1, 2022
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Head acoustics has announced a new application for the HoloLens 2, developed by a German start-up called HoloMetrix. The application allows users to box off an object in augmented reality before the application creates a personal sound map. This allows the user to identify sounds issues and leakages, creating a quieter environment for perhaps even […]

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Knowles new dual-diaphragm balanced armature

By Nick Wright / May 24, 2022
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Knowles Corporation has been developing a new dual-diaphragm balanced armature. The two self-contained diaphragms are driven by a single coil. Knowles had to overcome several issues in the design of the new balanced armature. A dual diaphragm allows the product to be smaller whilst maintaining high output levels whilst also providing a “warm and clear […]

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Xiaomi Gamepad Elite Edition

By Peter Cooney / May 18, 2022
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One of SAR’s clients alerted us to this piece of news. The Xiaomi Gamepad Elite Edition is interesting for many reasons, let’s consider the components first:  Nordic Semiconductor Bluetooth 5.0 + proprietary RF chip  Dual Minebea linear motors for haptics feedback (supporting feedback from Windows and Steam games)  TDK InvenSense 6-axis gyroscope  This is demonstrating […]

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