Sensory Sticks Its Head in the Cloud with AWS, NVIDIA-Powered SensoryCloud AI-as-a-Service

Aims to offer key AI services, like facial recognition and speech-to-text, for any internet-connected device via a simple API.

Gareth Halfacree
13 days ago β€’ Machine Learning & AI

Edge AI specialist Sensory has announced it's branching out into the cloud, launching a new beta cloud-powered service at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week: SensoryCloud, with speech to text, wake word re-validation, sound identification, and more.

"We have a history of building fast and accurate AI models, and we paired this capability with some of the brightest and freshest minds in the cloud industry," says Todd Mozer, Sensory chief executive, of his company's move to the cloud. "The result is a hybrid cloud platform that uses state-of-the-art AI to address customers unique needs for control, flexibility, cost, accuracy, reliability, features, latency, and privacy."

Designed to offer AI-as-a-Service for any connected device, regardless of processing power, the SensoryCloud platform uses NVIDIA GPU acceleration on Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers to handle speech recognition β€” with, the company claims, word error rates below five percent for trained domains and rapid customization for application-specific jargon.

The platform also offers wake-word confirmation, processing something a local device has recognized as a wake word and double checking it β€” reducing false alarm events by 90 percent, the company claims. Finally, its sound identification offering comes with library of sounds and the ability to rapidly learn new ones, with a multi-stage recognition system the company claims is tuned for speed, efficiency, and accuracy.

Additional services available on the platform include face verification and speaker identification, with additional services β€” and updates to existing services β€” promised throughout the year.

The services are accessed, Sensory has announced, via a language- and platform-agnostic application programming interface (API) β€” though lightweight software development kits (SDKs) are also available. SensoryCloud is available immediately, though in beta status β€” with pricing yet to be confirmed once the platform leaves beta.

More information is available on the new SensoryCloud.ai website. The company has also published a web software development kit alongside C++, iOS, and C# SDKs on its GitHub repository.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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