Motorola’s Touchless Control in the Moto X smartphone is a fantastic idea. It always listens for its keyword (OK Google Now), and even when the device is fast asleep, you can wake it up with that simple voice command and immediately tell it what to do. All this comes with minimal drain on the battery, thanks to the dedicated listening core in the Moto X8 chip. But Audience, an audio and voice processing chip manufacturer, is looking to challenge Motorola’s technology.
The next generation of Audience voice processing chips, named the eS700 series, will feature a new feature called VoiceQ. It provides the same always listening technology that the Moto X currently offers. Audience has made its keyword “OK Audience,” which is quite awkward to say in daily life, but the manufacturer that uses the chip will decide the keyword in the final devices. But here’s the kicker: Audience claims that these new chips will use far less power than the Moto X8 chip.
Audience has also found a way to eliminate the delay between the keyword and the command, enhance noise suppression in wind and include a new voice filtering technology to make voice calls clearer. Voice processing is Audience’s forte, so these new chips will make calls clearer even if you’re not going to use the always listening feature. We’re excited to see these new Audience chips in new devices, and hopefully more manufacturers start integrating proper touchless controls. Because after the Moto X, I’m hooked. Will you give touchless control a shot? Leave a comment!