It has been awhile since we’ve posted an update here. We’ve just been very heads down on development of our companion robot. The age of “personal robotics” is only just beginning and creating one is more challenging than it might seem. Creating such a platform takes much more than PC, tablet, or mobile phone, in part because there are many more components, not only on the hardware side, but also for the software. This new “personal” generation requires more autonomy and more natural interaction, and natural interaction typically means supporting spoken input. While speech technology has seen improvement over the years, it still remains a most challenging form of input, much more prone to error than keyboards and mice. Even in human conversations, recognition isn’t always 100%. Advances in speech input have only set user expectations higher. We are pleased when speech oracles like Siri, Echo, or Cortana get it right, but typically very disappointed when…
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I’m Tandy Trower, founder of Hoaloha Robotics. I started Hoaloha out of the vision that robotic technology is not just a promise of the future or the domain of R&D departments and over-zealous hobbyists, but an emerging new form of PC technology. To some that might seem an outlandish vision. Here in my blog, I share my thoughts on assistive, robotics, and other technology.
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