From the business plan for Southwest Airlines, to the original lyrics of “Louie Louie,” many great ideas started off as notes jotted down on the closest medium at hand, like a cocktail napkin or a roll of toilet paper.
But what if there were a better way to capture your moments of inspiration in real time, unobtrusively recording your words and then transcribing and processing them for future review?
That’s the aim of startup Senstone, which this month launched a bottlecap-sized wearable transcription device on Kickstarter. Described as an AI-powered pendant, the Senstone device employs Nuance’s transcription engine technology to provide fast and convenient speech-to-text processing of users’ comments.
The pendant can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet, or clipped onto a shirt collar. With just a tap of the finger, the device records spoken words, syncing the comments to the cloud. Senstone is designed for use with minimal distraction, allowing people to utilize the device while driving or walking in a crowded space.
The Senstone transfers user comments to a companion app on a smartphone and backs up the information to the cloud. One of the key features of the wearable is its capability to transform voice into text that can be edited and shared, according to Mashable. Senstone’s cloud software platform can take transcribed content and extract keywords, identify to-do items and analyze speech patterns.
For its speech-to-text technology, Senstone said it tested multiple cognitive engines before deciding on Nuance. Nuance is offering its Nuance Transcription Engine (NTE) to customers for use in their applications. The company says its engine can transcribe multi-speaker audio data in 15 languages and 30 dialects. To make maximum use out of that data, the engine supports two output formats, one human-readable and the other a searched-optimized lattice.
When the NTE was rolled out in May, 2016, Nuance noted that its technology had applications in a wide range of areas including enterprises, broadcast media and analytics. However, Senstone’s application illustrates the vast potential of transcription engines that can be capitalized on by companies clever enough to marry the technology with appealing consumer products and services.
Someday soon, the next great business idea or hit song might be conceived on a device like the Senstone, saving cocktail napkins and toilet paper for their intended uses.
Pratik Dhebri is senior director of product management at Veritone. He works with AI developers and cognitive engine providers to architect and monetize algorithms and applications. Learn more about our platform and join the Veritone developer ecosystem today.