If your are not happy with how Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana or Google Now performs, you can now build your own voice activated assistant with Sirius.
Sirius is an open source voice recognition platform which has been developed by the University of Michigan’s Clarity Lab and is backed by Google and other companies.
Sirius, built by University of Michigan engineering researchers, is similar to Siri, Microsoft Cortana and Google Now – robust applications that accept voice instructions and questions, interpret them, and answer in spoken words. Sirius even uses many of the algorithms. But unlike its expensive and locked-down commercial counterparts, Sirius is free and can be customized. “Now the core technology is out of the bag, and we all have access to it,” said Jason Mars, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering. “Instead of making an app to run on the Apple Watch, for example, maybe I could make my own watch.
At the moment Sirius is being tested on Ubuntu desktops but the voice activated assistant could be headed to smartphones in the future, the video below explains how the software works.
You can find out more details about Sirius over at Clarity Lab at the link below, it certainly looks very interesting from the video.
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