Samsung has officially debut the voice assistant Bixby on Galaxy S8 but its artificial intelligence is not yet managed to overcome the boundaries of South Korea. The Korean company has encountered several difficulties in managing other languages, and the problem does not seem being resolved. The electronics giant has decided to put their wallets to get their hands on Innoetics, Greek startups committed to developing solutions for speech synthesis and linked to the Innovation and Research Center in Athens.
Innoetics in recent years has developed various solutions for text-to-speech and voice-to-speech and thanks to its know-how will enable Samsung to make it even more efficient its voice assistant. The Korean company did not disclose the financial details of the acquisition but assured that the startups will remain independent and will therefore continue to work independently. “Samsung is always looking for ways to deepen relationships with companies such as Innoetics whose technologies are an opportunity to strengthen our expertise,” reads the press release issued by the Asian multinational.
One of the strengths of Innoetics lies in multilingual support of its speech solutions. Already today its software are able to understand and translate more than 19 different languages including English, greek, German and several Indian dialects. “The team has a unique technology, essential for the text-to-speech. Their voices are so accurate that you could hardly tell the difference with a real voice, “stressed Mallios Kostas, of Innoetics consultant. Its technology in the near future will then become an integral part of Bixby and will probably also exploited on waiting home device that will compete with Amazon Echo, Google and Home HomePod Apple.