Sensory’s customized voice assistant debuts on a Linux-based microwave –



Sensory announced that its 100 percent locally processed TrulyHandsfree technology can create custom voice assistants without compromising privacy, as demonstrated by a new Linux-based Farberware FM11VABK microwave.

The Linux-enabled TrulyHandsfree voice stack from Sensory is on embedded Linux products such as the EMB-2237-AI and i.MX8M-based EMB-2238-Pico-ITX-SBCs from Estone Technology as well as the RZ / G solutions from Renesas for HMI kit. Now Sensory has announced that its TrulyHandsfree and TrulyNatural technologies now come with a custom domain-specific voice assistant functionality. The completely local processing of the software avoids data protection problems that occur on cloud platforms such as Alexa Voice Service (AVS) and Google Assistant.

ST’s DK2
Discovery Board

Sensory announced a design win for its Custom Domain Specific Voice Assistant at the launch of Farberware FM11VABK. The $ 250 appliance is billed by Sensory as “the first truly intelligent voice AI-enabled microwave oven” that doesn’t use a cloud connection for voice services. ST’s Linux-controlled STM32MP1 Discovery DK1 / DK2 development boards are also supplied with this technology.

The Farberware FM11VABK runs Linux on a quad-core Rockchip RK3308 based on Cortex-A35, which can be found on products such as the Rock Pi S SBC from Radxa. The microwave’s custom voice assistant can understand more than 150 sensor commands, including “open the door”, “cook popcorn”, “set the timer to one minute 36 seconds”, “defrost” and “heat up for 2 minutes”.

Farberware FM11VABK
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Voice data is completely private with no data acquisitions or recordings sent to the cloud. According to Sensory, there is no complex setup and no need for a WiFi connection or mobile app.

Sensory cites a recent report that identified custom voice assistants as the biggest voice AI trend for 2021. These assistants are trained for specific domains and, according to Sensory, typically outperform general-purpose assistants like Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri. In January, Amazon announced the Alexa Custom Assistant Toolkit. However, as a cloud-based service, it lacks the ease of setup and privacy protection of custom SpulyHandsfree voice technology, according to Sensory.

Sensory’s sensory language solution combines a large vocabulary recognizer with a custom statistical language model and a Natural Language Understanding (NLU) component to enable understanding of complex commands such as “Boil four baked potatoes”. Since the Sensory NLU engine searches for “intent” in a limited area, the likelihood of being misunderstood is much lower than with off-the-shelf wizards, according to Sensory.


“Sensory’s customer base was previously determined by companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Samsung, who licensed Sensory technology to enhance their general assistant offerings,” said Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory. “We’re seeing a big change today as most of our customers are brands that want to own and manage their own private custom voice assistant platforms.”

Custom voice demo on Farberware FM11VABK

additional Information

The Farberware FM11VABK is available for $ 250 on Amazon’s FM11VABK page. Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree and TrulyNatural platforms with custom domain-specific Voice Assistant technology are available for an undisclosed price. More information can be found here.

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