MATRIX Labs Unveils MATRIX Voice at InfoComm
MATRIX Labs, the machine intelligence company behind the democratization of the IoT app economy, and sister company AdMobilize, today announced that it will debut its all-new MATRIX Voice.
The introduction of MATRIX Voice to the global commercial AV industry comes on the heels of a crowdfunding campaign that raised over $94,000 – exceeding its original goal of $5,000. The sophisticated yet affordable IoT dev board, able to equip any commercial project with voice-control functionality, will be available for demo at InfoComm 2017 at AdMobilize Booth #784 in the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, June 14-16th.
“The success we experienced crowdfunding MATRIX Voice is a testament to its versatility, affordability, and ease-of-use. Any project, large or small, commercial or residential, can now be infused with voice control functionality in a way like never before,” said Rodolfo Saccoman, MATRIX Labs and AdMobilize co-founder and CEO. “There is proven demand for voice control and voice recognition functionality. With MATRIX Voice, integrators now have the ability to offer their end-user clients, in nearly every vertical market, the opportunity to control their systems using voice commands.”
Measuring 3.14-inches in diameter, MATRIX Voice features voice recognition integration with Google Voice and Amazon Alexa to name a few. It offers a radial array of 8 MEMS microphones connected to a Xilinx Spartan6 FPGA + 512 Mbit DDR SDRAM, which, when combined, provides developers with the opportunity to integrate custom voice and other hardware-accelerated machine learning algorithms right onto the board. Voice also includes 64 GPIO pins for device-to-device connection. Other features include far-field voice capture, beamforming, acoustic source localization, noise suppression, de-reverberation and acoustic echo cancellation, and more.
“Whether it’s a retail shopping center looking to enhance the searchability of its store directories; a hotel looking to expedite their check-in process; or a financial services institution looking to bolster security – voice control functionality can be applied to any vertical market project,” continued Saccoman. “And with MATRIX Voice, integration with various hardware/software components is easy thanks to its compatibility and configurability with Raspberry Pi or the ESP32 board.”
With the Raspberry Pi, integrators can use MATRIX Labs’ ARM voice packages, in addition to wake words to trigger events through any protocol, either online or offline. Custom models can also be embedded to further customize the wake word experience as well. For more advanced commercial installations, MATRIX Voice can leverage the ESP32 (the embedded bluetooth/Wi-Fi version) for custom lower-power offline voice solutions.
Addressing recently-publicized privacy concerns pertaining to Amazon Echo and Google Home, Saccoman continued, “Echo and Google Home are brilliant solutions, which is why we enabled MATRIX Voice to be configurable with both, thus allowing integrators to expand on these products’ out-of-box functionality. However, many businesses, in particular retailers, take issue with the reality that Echo and Home are always listening and storing data in their proprietary cloud. For a retailer whose biggest competitor may be Amazon, this reality is disconcerting. Yet, with MATRIX Voice, all recorded data is stored on one’s individual cloud and is thus completely secure from potential third-party monitoring.”
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