Connect with us

Internet

Microsoft’s New Service Can Transcribe Multi-User Conversations in Real Time, Without Using Additional Hardware

Published

on

Microsoft at its annual Build developer conference on Monday showed off an advanced speech-to-text offering called Conversation Transaction Service that is a part of the Azure Speech Services. The new service is designed to not only recognise the voice but also correctly identify the speakers and transcribe their conversations in real time. Last year, Microsoft notably introduced a device prototype that had an array of microphones to identify attendees in meetings and enable real-time transcriptions. That hardware will be available as a reference through a Developer Device Kit. However, the new offering is touted to enable transcriptions in meetings without the use of any specific hardware.

During the keynote session at the Build 2019 conference in Seattle on Monday, Sonia Dara, Product Marketing Manager, Surface Commercial, Microsoft, demonstrated the Conversation Transcription Service offering that is currently available through Azure Speech Services. The new addition comes as an extension of the development that was showcased last year, using dedicated conical-shaped hardware. However, as we mentioned earlier, the new service is claimed to work as a device-agnostic.

Dara demonstrated how the Conversation Transcription Service enabled real-time transcription of a conversation between three speakers simply using the inbuilt microphones of a laptop and two available smartphones. The new service recognises the voice, identifies speakers, and offers transcription. Organisations can also train the language model of Azure Speech Services through Microsoft 365 to add their unique vocabulary and jargon.

Additionally, developers can pair Conversation Transcription Service with the Speech Devices SDK to optimise the experience of multi-microphone devices. The service is designed to work with multichannel audio streams and user profiles as inputs to identify speakers and generate speakers.

Microsoft Conversation Transcription Service identifies speakers and enables transcriptions

 

“The most interesting thing is when you combine speech recognition with language models that are specific to your organisation data, you can startup picking up all the jargons,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said before kicking off the Conversation Transcription Service demonstration at the Build 2019 conference. “So imagine a transcript that gets created, that has the ability to understand the local jargon, that is specific to your organisation, your industry at that way making the transcript that much more useful.”

The Conversation Transcription Service is currently available as a preview. Initially, it is designed for small meetings, though Microsoft would enable customisations for large meetings at scale on request.

Disclosure: Microsoft sponsored the correspondent’s flights and hotel for the conference in Seattle, USA.

Source link

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Internet

Apple’s top hardware engineer has moved to a mysterious new project

Published

on

Dan Riccio is being transitioned to a new role at Apple, the company has announced, one that doesn’t come with many public details. Riccio joined Apple in 1998 to lead the company’s Product Design team, later becoming iPad Hardware Engineering VP in 2010 and its Hardware Engineering leader in 2012. Apple teases that Riccio will ‘play an instrumental role in … Continue reading

Continue Reading

Internet

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 plan leaks with a production surprise

Published

on

Back in November, reports claimed that Samsung would take a more cautious production approach with its Galaxy S21 models, something that followed the Galaxy S20 series’ lackluster sales last year — which, no doubt, was due in part to the pandemic. A new report out of Korea reinforces these leaks, claiming that Samsung expects to ship around 26 million Galaxy … Continue reading

Continue Reading

Internet

Verizon 5G prepaid plan adds Unlimited Ultra Wideband option

Published

on

Verizon has launched a new prepaid 5G unlimited plan, including 5G Ultra Wideband and mobile hotspot support for the carrier’s fastest mmWave connections. The $75 per month plan joins Verizon’s existing prepaid 5G options, throwing in the mmWave access that the carrier has currently launched in 64 metro areas. The perks of the plan actually depend on which of Verizon’s … Continue reading

Continue Reading

Trending