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OpenCV – Overview and how to use in your own project

Posted by bcmoney on April 30, 2019 in Cloud Computing, Multimedia, Semantic Web with No Comments

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Speech Recognition – Amazon’s Echo & Alexa Skills API

Posted by bcmoney on December 4, 2015 in Mobile, Semantic Web, Web Services with No Comments

No GravatarThe final entry in this series on Speech Recognition is one which is surprisingly (for this author anyway) appearing on a large number of Christmas lists,  Amazon’s Echo which is powered by the Amazon Alexa API.





Speech Recognition – Microsoft’s Cortana, XBox Kinect & Azure Speech APIs

Posted by bcmoney on November 12, 2015 in Mobile, Semantic Web, Web Services with No Comments

No GravatarMicrosoft has rolled out Windows 10 rather forcefully and included in the OS is Cortana, their take on Siri, Google Now and Amazon Alexa.

In addition, they have been in the voice and speech recognition games for a while since the Kinect for Xbox 360 and Kinect v2 for Xbox One.


UPDATE (2016-03-30):

Microsoft has announced the release of a set of Artificial Intelligence-enabling APIs which it is calling “Cognitive Services APIs”. Within the release are two Audio Recognition APIs named Speaker Recognition API and Speech Recognition API.

Speech Recognition – Apple’s Siri (iOS)

Posted by bcmoney on October 13, 2015 in Mobile, Semantic Web, Web Services with No Comments

No GravatarSpeech Recognition really hit the mainstream when Apple acquired the company and technology behind Siri, a voice-activated virtual assistant.


Speech Recognition – Google Now (Android) + Speech API & TTS hacks

Posted by bcmoney on September 20, 2015 in Mobile, Semantic Web, Web Services with No Comments

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Google Now - Speech Recognition search assistant

Google Now – Speech Recognition search assistant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this next part of a series on Speech Recognition, I’ll take a look at some legacy Speech API & TTS hacks which lead up to the introduction of Google Now (for Android devices). It was intended to compete with Siri but voice-based search was actually available on Android & iOS both via the Google app.



BC$ = Behavior, Content, Money

The goal of the BC$ project is to raise awareness and make changes with respect to the three pillars of information freedom - Behavior (pursuit of interests and passions), Content (sharing/exchanging ideas in various formats), Money (fairness and accessibility) - bringing to light the fact that:

1. We regularly hand over our browser histories, search histories and daily online activities to companies that want our money, or, to benefit from our use of their services with lucrative ad deals or sales of personal information.

2. We create and/or consume interesting content on their services, but we aren't adequately rewarded for our creative efforts or loyalty.

3. We pay money to be connected online (and possibly also over mobile), yet we lose both time and money by allowing companies to market to us with unsolicited advertisements, irrelevant product offers and unfairly structured service pricing plans.

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