Mountain View, Calif. − Audience Inc. claims to introduce the first advanced voice processor designed specifically for tablets, ultrabooks, and hybrid all-in-one PCs. The earSmart eS320 voice processor is designed to improve the user experience of voice-enabled applications across mobile computing platforms.
The earSmart eS320 features advanced voice processing that enables computing devices to hear in a manner similar to the way humans do, said Audience. These features include 360° Voice, Super Wideband noise suppression, and PC optimized Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) Assist.
The 360° Voice feature allows the user to move freely around their device while preserving voice quality with two microphones unlike legacy solutions that require three or more microphones to achieve required performance, according to Audience. For manufacturers, this means greater flexibility in microphone placement, which can lower production costs and reduce design limitations.
The Super Wideband noise suppression is said to enable users to make and take ultra-clear VoIP calls in nearly any environment. It also provides acoustic echo cancelation and de-reverb, reducing double-talk and echo effects in larger, resonant spaces.
Audience ASR Assist technology addresses the challenges of speech recognition applications such as voice search and speech-to-text. Audience's custom hardware-accelerated algorithms help to cleanly isolate the speaker's voice from surrounding environmental noise, which can improve the word recognition accuracy and task improvement, said Audience. It also enables other uses, such as the ability to transcribe a VoIP call in real-time, even with background noise.
Designed specifically for PCs and Android-based mobile devices, the earSmart eS320 works across companion PC codecs. Consumer devices equipped with the earSmart eS320 are expected to be in the market starting in Q4 2013.