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11 May 2021

Sensory has created what it claims is total user privacy custom voice assistants that can be ported to any appliance for voice control.

Sensory has tested its custom voice assistant on a Farberwave FM11VABK microwave oven that gives the appliance the benefits of a voice assistant.

Custom voice assistants are similar to those from Amazon, Google or Apple but are trained for specific domains and not general-purpose functions such as Alexa, Google Home or iHome. While Amazon is jumping on the trend to make voice assistants everywhere, Sensory’s technology holds the information 100% on the device, keeping voice data private with no data collection from the product and no recordings sent to the cloud.

Additionally, the technology requires no Wi-Fi, apps, third-party hardware or cloud connection. Just plug in the appliance and voice commands are available such as “open door” “cook popcorn” “set timer” “defrost” and more. The speech recognition is accomplished on the device without any cloud connection, meaning privacy is standard, Sensory said.

The Faberware microwave is just an example of what can be done with the technology and it could potentially be used in other smart appliances for voice control. In testing the microwave, it was able to recognize and execute 68% more spoken commands than an Alexa-powered microwave.

“Smart appliance adoption is growing among U.S. broadband households,” said Patrice Samuels, senior analyst at Parks Associates. “13% of U.S. broadband households now own a smart appliance and smart microwaves are a leading category. Voice control is a highly-valued feature for smart appliance owners, with more than one-fifth of those who own or intend to purchase various smart appliances rating voice control as one of the most appealing features of the appliance.”

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