Voicebox has been focusing largely on connected car voice technology since its work on Samsung’s S Voice technology took a hit following the Galaxy Note 7 discontinuation last year.
Voicebox supplied behind-the-scenes voice technology used in a variety of applications and devices, but it was competing in a larger market defined and controlled in recent years by tech giants including Amazon, Google and Microsoft.
It’s since gathered enough data to be confident in using the ‘D’ word — having run a pilot with 250,000 parents, offering free screening for their children so it could gather more data to refine its machine learning models.
Founded in 2001, Voicebox had amassed a large patent portfolio during its 17-year history.Nuance’s latest quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission references an million cash acquisition of an unnamed company in its automotive segment in April.Data from the TAZPOWER trial are expected later this year.In , Stealth announced that the FDA granted Fast Track designation for elamipretide for the treatment of Barth syndrome.He says the ultimate goal for the US startup is to become a standard part of domestic health insurance-covered medical provision — and for that FDA clearance is essential to opening the doors.
We first covered the Cognoa at launch in 2014 and the following year when it was still being careful to describe its technology as a screening rather than a diagnostic system.The surprise deal is the latest in a string of Seattle-area acquisitions by Nuance.The speech and imaging technology giant, headquartered in Burlington, Mass., has a large presence in the region as a result of previous deals.The market is fueled as companies add new voice technologies, specifically conversational assistants, to a wide variety of devices and services.Voicebox focused on conversational voice technology for cars, homes, mobile devices, and more.It bought text-input pioneer Swype for 2.5 million back in October 2011; it bought in-car speech software startup Tweddle in 2013; and acquired automated message developer Varolii later that year.