New chip could bring voice command to almost anything

We’re growing more accustomed to the idea of talking to our devices, thanks to the success of products like Amazon Echo and Google Home, not to mention Apple’s Siri voice assistant. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology see the trend of talking to tech continuing, which inspired them to create a low-powered chip designed specifically for automatic speech recognition.

The engineers believe the new chip could mean power savings of 90 to 99 percent compared to a typical cellphone from today running speech recognition software.

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