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Amazon's AI-Powered Real-Time Medical Transcription Service Can Be A Gamechanger In Healthcare

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On 2 December 2019, Amazon expanded its automatic transcription service for AWS to include support for medical speeches. Transcriptions can be of many types -- for movies and entertainment content, transcribing audio for the hearing impaired, audio for voice-over, etc -- but one of the most essential application is in the field of medical practices. If you have a doctor in the family, you would've seen them spend a significant amount of time talking into a recorder about the medical conditions to document them later. And by later, we mean that there is a medical transcriber who the next day or so and'transcribes' the recording into a format that can be documented and archived. Although you can say that the transcriber removes the unnecessary'eh' and'uhs' from the recording, a transcriber does more than that.


Move over, Google Translate: Here come A.I. earbuds

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Forget phrase books or even Google Translate. New translation devices are getting closer to replicating the fantasy of the Babel fish, which in the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" sits in one's ear and instantly translates any foreign language into the user's own. The WT2 Plus Ear to Ear AI Translator Earbuds from Timekettle are already available, while the over-the-ear "Ambassador" from Wavery Labs is scheduled for release this year. Both brands are wireless, and come with two earpieces that must be synced to a single smartphone connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data. These devices "bring us a bit closer to being able to travel to places in the world where people speak different languages and communicate smoothly with those who are living there," said Graham Neubig, an assistant professor at the Language Technologies Institute of Carnegie Mellon University and an expert in machine learning and natural language processing.


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It is our most compact smart speaker that fits perfectly into small spaces. Ready to help - Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more. Voice control your smart home - Turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and more with compatible connected devices. Connect with others - Call almost anyone hands-free. Instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device.


Data Recording for Artificial Intelligence

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It is very important to make complete audiovisual recordings of all interviews where knowledge capture is required. If such techniques are not used, it is far too easy to substitute the ideas of the listener for those of the expert source of knowledge being interviewed. The techniques I describe are most intensively used during specific knowledge sessions but apply equally well to some parts of the initial phases of the environmental survey. The home video systems of the DVD stereo high-fidelity, high-quality type have proved to be entirely satisfied with the added advantage of low cost and lightweight. The critical item in the making of effective recordings is usually the placement of the microphone to obtain an acceptable signal-to-noise ratio for the audio portion.


Google will school users on their pronunciation with a new tool that uses AI to analyze speech

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Google is rolling out a new feature that lets users check their pronunciation using artificial intelligence. The tool, which launched today, is accessible to users upon searching Google for correct word pronunciations and leverages the microphone on one's device. Users are prompted to speak the word into their mic and then Google's AI will analyze the snippet and compare it against the word's correct pronunciation. Google's new pronunciation tool is available today and uses one's microphone to listen and analyze speech and provide feedback Above is an example of Google helping a user pronounce the word'anemone' 'For example, if you're practicing how to say "asterisk," the speech recognition technology analyzes how you said the word and then, it recognizes that the last soundbite was pronounced'rict' instead of'uhsk,' Google said in a statement. 'Based on this, you will receive feedback on how you can improve next time.'


Amazon Echo Flex: All you need to know about the plug-in smart speaker with Alexa voice control

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Over the past five years the Amazon Echo and Alexa voice service has paved the way for exciting smart home devices. Now we are being introduced the brand's hottest new release: the Echo Flex - a smart speaker that saves on space by conveniently plugging straight into the wall. With a price tag of just £24.99, the Echo Flex is certainly one of the cheapest options to get Amazon's Alexa in more places throughout your home. It is available for pre-order now and due for release tomorrow 14 November 2019. Whether it's in your hallway, kitchen, or attic, this impressive smart speaker will assist you in a multitude of everyday tasks.


Is the all-new Amazon Echo worth the money?

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Amazon's Echo has been our long-time favorite in the lineup of Alexa-enabled smart speakers and displays. Since its introduction in 2015, the Echo has stood out in an increasingly congested marketplace for its sound quality, far-field voice technology, and minimal footprint. The new Echo is no exception to that trend with its improved speaker, rounded design, and ever-helpful Alexa. Let's dig a little deeper into what the third-generation Echo is about and whether you should get one. The third-generation Echo can put out decent sound with its 0.8-inch tweeter and 3-inch woofer.


LightCommands Audio Injection Attacks Threaten Voice Assistants

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Researchers have come up with a new attack strategy against smart assistants. These attacks threaten all devices featuring voice assistants. Dubbed as'LightCommands', these attacks enable a potential attacker to inject voice commands to the devices and take control of them. Researchers have developed new attacks that allow meddling with smart assistants. These attacks named'LightCommands' allow injecting audio signals to voice assistants.


Researchers use laser to hack voice-activated devices like Amazon Echo

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Suddenly, the garage door opens, a burglar slides in, uses another laser to have the Echo start the car and drives off. Researchers from the University of Michigan have used laser lights to exploit a wide variety of voice-activated devices, giving them access to everything from thermostats to garage door openers to front door locks. The researchers have communicated their findings to Amazon, Google and Apple, which are studying the research. Working with researchers from the University of Electro-Communications in Japan, U-M's researchers published a paper and a web site detailing how it works. There are also videos showing it in action.


Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo Buds earphones have a hidden fitness tracking feature

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Amazon's new Alexa Echo Buds earphones, released yesterday in the U.S., may be hiding a'track workout' function that could be announced soon. The Echo earbuds are priced at £119 ($129.99) Among notable features, including integration with Alexa Amazon's voice assistant, tech enthusiasts now believe the buds have the capability to track fitness workouts. This may set them apart from competitors as one of the first to build the tracking technology into earbuds. The Echo Buds are voice activated, allowing users to execute several commands.