Microsoft has come up with the new Custom Speech Service that is added to the Company’s Cognitive service toolkit and has also added a collection of APIs that helps developers in building machine-learning and artificial-intelligence applications using these APIs.
Custom Speech service is now available for public preview, this service overcomes some drawback of voice-recognition systems such as noisy environments and different speaking styles.It also allows developers to build custom language models that modify the user’s speech to an application’s vocabulary and acoustic models that define the environments or how many users an application is expected to take in.
Microsoft also mentioned that the other two Cognitive Services, Content Moderator, and Bing Speech API will be generally available next month.The Content Moderator enable users to quarantine and review the data like images, text or the videos for filtering the unwanted material like offensive language or pictures. Conversion of audio to text is done by Bing Speech API that understands the intent and converts the text back to speech.
Cognitive services also allow developers in implementing intelligence to visual data like pictures and videos that are being used by customers to improvise their services. For example, Prism Skylabs a business intelligence company in its Prism Vision application used Computer Vision API that helps organizations search through closed- circuit and security camera for particular events, items, and people.
Andrew Shuman, corporate vice president of products of Microsoft AI and Research Organization said, “Being able to have software now that observes people, listens, reacts and is knowledgeable about the physical world around them provides an excellent breakthrough in terms of making interfaces more human, more natural, more easy to understand and thus far more impactful in lots of different scenarios".
Microsoft wants to make its artificial intelligence and machine learning expertise widely available to the developers. To make this thing happen Microsoft’s Cognitive service will play a major role and it will enhance the end user experience.