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The Wearable Voice Recorder Is Going Next-Gen

The production of Senstone Scripter, a next-gen wearable voice recorder, started in Q4 2022. The announcement was made through social media and preceded by a number of increasingly visual hints, so there is a lot of detail to unpack (no pun intended).

 

Senstone Scripter Features

 

For those unfamiliar with the brand, Senstone specialises in wearable recorders for high-tech note-taking.

 

Senstone Scripter is marketed as “a unique wearable designed for instant note-taking” – and a direct successor to the company’s 2019 Scripter. It’s a small screenless device that can be attached to your clothes with a clip or worn around your neck as a pendant. A single button starts and stops the recording.

The most notable features:

  • speech-to-text on the fly
  • speech recognition for multiple languages
  • high-quality audio recording

  • can work offline

The packaging is small and minimalistic. This is what you can find inside the box:

  • Senstone Scripter
  • USB Type-C charging cable
  • magnet clip and pendant
  • lace with bayonet closure and magnetic aid

A QR code on the side of the package takes you to the user manual page. Another QR code links to the Senstone app on Play Market (Android) or App Store (iOS). There is no physical user manual available for Scripter, all to reduce the carbon footprint of its production.

 

Old Gen vs. Next Gen

 

The Kickstarter page used to fund the production of the recorder gives us plenty of info on the exact specs. More breadcrumbs gathered through the official social media account, and we know exactly how Scripter compares to the previous version.

 

Languages

  • new gen: 19 languages

Speech-to-text quality

  • 90% for old gen
  • 99% for new gen

Battery

  • old gen: 65 mAz battery
  • new gen: 230 mAz battery (3.5x longer battery life)

Length of a single recording

  • old gen: 3 min
  • new gen: 60 min+ (20x longer recording length)

Storage capacity of device (excluding app)

  • old gen: 248 Mbit
  • new gen: 1 Gbit (4x more memory)

Audio frequency

  • old gen: 8 Khz
  • new gen: 16 Khz (2x)

Other improvements include the new Bluetooth standard 5.1 versus the old 4.0 – 4.2. A professional-grade microphone allows for higher audio frequency and better quality of recording and AI processing.

 

Release Date & Price

 

The wearable recorder is scheduled for release in 2023. As of December 2022, the exact date is to be revealed.

 

As for the price, it’s going to be $229 for one unit.

 

There is no mandatory monthly subscription (pay-to-use) but you have the option to purchase the premium plan. It enables personalised dictionaries and some other perks accessible through the app.

 

If you would like to know more about Scripter, the AI-powered wearable recorder scheduled for 2023, visit the dedicated page on Senstone website.

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Devices For Seniors: Senstone Scripter

When the average customer thinks about gadgets for seniors, they mostly imagine hearing aids and motorised wheelchairs. Although most devices used for (and by) the elderly help take care about mobility issues, not everything is about movement.

 

Helping to Remember

 

With more and more people striving to stay active for as long as possible, gadgets for seniors are a growing market. The demand is high. Supply? Well… It depends on what you’re looking for.

 

Staying connected and organised is very important for mental health at any age. When the memory is no longer as sharp as before, people seek solutions.

 

Pen and paper.

 

Sticky notes.

 

Journals.

 

But when you really start looking, things can get incredibly high-tech.

 

Wearable technology is an unexpected source of help for the elderly, but it makes sense.

 

Unlike many voice assistants (Alexa), wearables are not confined to one room. They are not confined to a phone either. Besides, a wearable doesn’t require any complex smart home setup. It’s simple and effective.

 

A wearable that helps remember daily tasks can be a life changer.

 

Better Than Sticky Notes

 

The most helpful gadgets for seniors, we have learned, address their needs quickly.

 

We have designed a wearable recorder with a single large button. The recorder is called Senstone Scripter and captures audio while automatically transcribing it into text.

 

Senstone Scripter was made for care takers and seniors alike. Whether you take care of the elderly or looking to compensate for your own memory problems, this wearable is just what you need.

 

Features:

  • audio recording and speech-to-text transcription
  • hands-free design (clip it to your collar or wear it around your neck)
  • can take long recordings (1 hour+)
  • great battery life

 

By the way, those seniors who experience problems with coordination – tremor, shaky hands – are going to love our wearable recorder. Unlike the phone, it has only one large button, which you don’t even have to look at.

 

Scripter works in tandem with its dedicated app. Your recordings are stored in the cloud and processed by artificial intelligence. It sorts them, places the commas where appropriate. You can easily share notes (both text and audio) through other apps like Gmail or just by copy and pasting them.

 

Other facts about our wearable you might find interesting:

  • transcription support for 19 languages
  • no subscription plan; you buy it – it’s yours
  • can work offline

Is It For Me?

 

If you want to learn more about Scripter as a gadget for seniors, you can start by visiting its page on our website: click here.

 

And for those who would like to delve deeper into the technology, here is the full user manual for Senstone Scripter (in English): click here.

 

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback. You can find our contact info on the website.

 

Have a good day!

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5 Benefits of Wearable Technology in the Workplace

Consumer-grade wearable technology has been around for a good decade, but it has only recently started to gain traction in the workplace. There are many potential benefits to using wearable gadgets, both for the employer and the employee. Some of those benefits are easy to predict, and some can be quite surprising.

1. Increased productivity.

One of the most important improvements wearable tech brings to the table is the productivity boost. It’s very noticeable and nearly instant. By allowing employees to access, record, and exchange data more easily, wearables can help streamline processes and reduce the amount of time spent micromanaging mundane tasks.

  • Taking notes. Wearable speech-to-text recorders like Senstone Scripter.
  • Monitoring health parameters and stress. Smart watches like FitBit Charge.
  • Identification. ID badges, wrist bands, and even rings.
  • Lifting heavy packages. Exoskeletons? Why not.

In addition, wearables can provide you with real-time feedback and statistics. This helps workers and businesses identify areas in which they both can become more efficient.

2. Easier communication.

Wearables can also give a boost to everyday communication in the workplace. By allowing the team to stay connected to each other, wearable gadgets can help ensure that information is relayed quickly and effectively.

Wearables can provide you with an easy way to access help or support in case of an emergency. The data gathered by the wearable is stored in the cloud and can be shared with colleagues instantly.

3. Workplace safety boost.

Here’s the one you don’t hear often: wearables can save lives. This is one of the reasons why them being reliable is such a big deal. The raw potential here is great but we already have some amazing systems making the workplace safer for everyone.

A wristband connected to a sensor can signal the wearer about chemicals in the air. Warnings, such as air raid alerts, can be transmitted to the smart watch. Vitals transmitted to the wearable can be used to help you take proper breaks.

4. Transparency and trust.

In recent years, there has been a growing movement toward greater transparency in the workplace. There are many ways in which wearable technology can support and encourage this amazing trend.

For example, making the data collected by wearables available to the entire team in real time does wonders for morale. Everyone feels – and is – included.

5. Worker satisfaction.

Companies are always looking for new ways to keep their employees satisfied. They know that happy employees lead to worker retention, good reviews, and, of course, more profit.

Wearable technology can do a lot to improve the workplace environment. It can help employees stay connected and make sure they are comfortable. It can also help employers keep track of tasks and make sure the management and the managed stay on the same page.

 

Naturally, it’s vital to ensure that employees are comfortable with the technology before implementing it in a company. Some training is necessary, even if the wearable in question is an intuitive screen-free solution.

Still, in the world of enterprise, time equals money and wearables save a lot of time and effort. We can expect more businesses to experiment with wearable technology. The future looks bright as ever!

 

This article has been brought to you by Senstone Inc. We specialise in wearable recorders powered by the AI – all to make your life easier. Check out our home page to learn more.

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Wearables in Healthcare: Becoming the New Normal

As technology improves, wearables in healthcare are becoming more and more popular. This is hardly surprising. From monitoring vitals around the clock to making the documentation process easier on practitioners, wearable technology affords some unique benefits.

 

Healthcare in Real Time

 

One of the main contributions wearables are currently making to healthcare is health monitoring. You no longer have to confine a person to the bed and hook them up to clunky machinery to get the necessary data.

 

  • heart rate
  • heart rhythm
  • blood oxygen saturation
  • breathing
  • sleep patterns
  • blood pressure
  • movement (walking, running, fall)

All these (and more) can be measured using a smart watch. Days, weeks, and months of statistical data help correctly assess the wearer’s health. And you don’t need to lend out expensive apparatus; watches are available at any tech store.

 

A frequently asked question about health wearables is whether they are accurate enough to be used for treating and diagnosing diseases. These doubts are still here because we remember all too well the first generations of wearable tech.

 

Luckily, things have gotten much, much better during the decade. Now doctors can rely on wearables for recording vitals, and there are even ECG watches approved by the FDA.

 

Wearables For the Doctor

 

A less obvious application of wearables in healthcare would be catering to the medical practitioners themselves.

 

Since the paperwork has been abandoned in lieu of electronic records (EHR), there is a lot of typing going on at the hospitals. Some information needs to be memorised before it can be recorded. For the doctors who use regular notebooks, their notes have to be transferred into the computer. According to a study, American doctors waste two-thirds of their time filling out forms.

 

Wearable recorders converting speech to text on the fly have emerged as the high-tech solution to the problem. 

 

Devices like Senstone Scripter allow physicians to record a patient’s data once – and transfer it between devices instantly while the AI makes sure there will be no spelling mistakes.

 

Although some smartphone apps can be used to a similar effect, wearables have the advantage of being hands-free

 

Their other strong point is the lack of intrusive notifications. You are free to concentrate on one task at a time and enter a state of deep focus. 

 

A wearable recorder has long battery life, too; a doctor doesn’t have to juggle texting, calls, and recording trying to make the phone last longer.



In conclusion, wearables and healthcare seem to have found each other. The former have improved to the point where a store-bought product can be used to reliably monitor health conditions. The latter has been successfully implementing wearable technology for years. Cardiology is the field most well-known for its application of wearables, but we can see other fields (like neurology) catching up to it already.

 

Stay productive!

 

This article has been brought to you by Senstone, a company working to make note-taking a seamless and effortless experience – anywhere, anytime. If you want to learn more, visit our home page or follow us on social media.

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Voice Cloning to Replace Live Actors?

We’re at the point where the AI is capable of voice cloning. Feed the computer a high-quality sample audio and you can have Oprah Winfrey reading your morning news. Naturally, this is getting quite a few people in the entertainment industry worried. The concern is that once you have a copy of somebody’s voice, you no longer need their services to create content.

 

What Is Voice Cloning?

 

When we talk about voice cloning, what we mean is that a neural network is trained to parrot your voice. This is done by detecting unique patterns in your speech. Processed by the artificial intelligence, they are used to create a “voice image” which is then used to synthesise speech identical to your voice.

 

To achieve this, the program needs a sample. Usually it’s a script to be read out loud and recorded for further processing. When the neural network is finished learning, it’s left with a set of instructions on how to recreate a person’s voice.

 

You can see the potential. From advertising to filmmaking, from identity theft to amateur sequels to your favourite shows. Words like “deepfake” and “copyright” get thrown around a lot.

 

But how good is voice cloning really?

 

As of 2022, the high-quality voice cloning software is still in the realm of commercial products. Think photo editing before the advent of the user-friendly online programs.

 

As for the accuracy, it varies. Emotions and tone of voice pose the biggest challenge. Even the best of voice clones can be discovered if you pay attention… yet.

 

However, there are areas in which voice cloning is good enough to start replacing humans.

 

It’s All About Money

 

Text-to-speech is the most common application of voice cloning (we’ve done the opposite and developed a speech-to-text recorder, but that’s a story for another time). The AI takes upon the role of a voice actor: one that has no schedule and doesn’t get paid.

 

This has been drawing the attention of actual, human voice actors. Some of them fear their jobs might become automated.

 

(Fun fact: AI-generated art has been causing quite a stir in the artist community as of late.)

 

Does voice cloning reduce the cost of labour? Currently, yes. A software licence is cheaper than hiring new people, and you cannot force businesses to avoid shortcuts.

 

Another concern expressed by actors is unauthorised use of the voice image. Once the sample has been recorded, the “donor” loses control over their voice. This is especially true about the widely sought-after celebrity actors.

 

A recent example of voice cloning gone viral would be James Earl Jones’ speech recreated for the Star Wars franchise, an action regarded by the fans as controversial. While James Earl Jones stepped down from his role as Darth Vader, he permitted Disney to keep using his voice, synthesising brand new dialogue to keep the character alive.

 

Ultimately, profit is king.

 

For companies, voice cloning reduces the costs. It eliminates the casting and the headhunting, the management and the salaries. For voice actors, voice cloning might mean different opportunities – not everyone likes that.

 

First Taste of the Future

 

One thing is clear: nothing short of an apocalypse can stop the progress of voice technology. The quick and dirty work, such as voicing random NPCs for video games, is almost certainly going to go full AI. The market for voice acting is about to change, but it’s not going to disappear.

 

What actors can reasonably expect when voice cloning becomes commonplace:

  • fewer freelance opportunities
  • some niches, like mobile games and chat bots, relegated to the AI
  • selling licences for using a voice, copyrighting voice images
  • human actors will not become obsolete

While it might take some time and effort to adjust to the revolution, voice acting as an occupation is not going to go extinct. Voice cloning will get absorbed into the industry as another tool of the trade, and acting – the irreplaceable human factor – will remain in demand.

 

At Senstone Inc., we are passionate about voice technology. Our smart speech-to-text recorder is one of the best on the market. If you want to learn more about us, visit the Senstone home page. For more articles and blog posts like this one, click here and check out the blog.

 

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How to Write a Biography (Using a Voice Recorder)

Biographies and autobiographies remain popular, and ‘how to write a biography’ is a surprisingly common search – along with people asking how to outline a book. Asking questions is important, especially when you’ve only just dipped your toes into the whole writing business.

 

While the ‘traditional’ approaches to writing are still going strong, these days we have some good alternatives which might suit you more than pen and paper (or hands and keyboard).

 

One of the alternative writing methods, in our opinion, is especially convenient for biography creators; using a voice recorder to capture and automatically transcribe your work.

 

Here is why we think you should definitely give it a shot.

 

It’s a Kind of Magic

 

Even if you’re wondering how to write a biography and not, say, an epic poem, you still have a lot in common with the ancients. The first biographies were composed in the form of tales to be recited; there was no way to record them. Even The Iliad in all its 15,600 lines glory spent at least five centuries as folk songs. Performers added and subtracted from it as they saw fit.

 

What we’re hinting at is the long-forgotten principle ready to make a return: it’s okay to create text without writing down a single word.

 

And unlike the Ancient Greek rhapsodes, you don’t have to memorise your book by heart.

 

Voice technology is one of the greatest opportunities for authors, especially if the idea is to publish a biography, and modern recorders are very much like a personal secretary. Scripter offers accuracy as high as 99% for English; a far cry from what we had to deal with just a decade ago.

 

The features we’re looking at:

  • automatic transcription, also known as speech-to-text
  • flexibility, i.e. the recording device has to be portable
  • automatic syntax (commas, paragraphs)
  • safe storage
  • synchronisation across devices

 

You are going to need:

  • a recording device (or a specialised app)
  • …and that’s it

 

Biographical Writing & Voice Tech: Made for Each Other

 

So how to write a biography in a way that would exploit all of the advantages offered by voice technology?

 

  1. If you’ve done your research, you don’t need to take peeks at the outline. There can be no surprises. The eagles are not going to swoop in and pick up your character from the peak of Mount Doom. You’re safe from plot holes. This means you can write (speak) in little chunks, bits and pieces. Start anywhere, compile later.

 

  1. Biographies and flowery prose live in different realms. When writing a biography, you can write more or less as you speak. Voice technology is perfect for capturing the natural flow of thought.

 

  1. You can write anywhere. The best ideas often have the worst timing possible. Take a walk – and write. Keep driving – and write. Lie in bed – and write. Pacing often helps us think – and of course voice-to-text lets you write while pacing.

 

To sum up, speaking to the imaginary reader is better than staring at the cursor. The illusion of communication gets your mind to speed up!

 

For writers, one of the best options on the market is Senstone Scripter (app and/or recording device). It’s tailored to assist content creators, doesn’t rely on the internet connection, and allows you to avoid the common distractions.

 

If you’d like to know more about Senstone Scripter and voice technology, visit our home page. Voice technology for lightning fast note taking is what we’re good at!

 

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Good look with your writing!

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Here Is Why Speech Recognition Is the Future of Customer Service

As companies seek new ways to improve customer experience, it looks like speech recognition and customer service work great in tandem. While many voice technology solutions are still being explored, some of them have already made their way into call centers all over the world.

 

Speech Recognition: the What & the How

 

On the whole, speech recognition is the technology that allows a program to identify and “decipher” human speech.

 

The key difference from simply recording audio is that by processing your voice the computer “understands” what you’re saying. This is usually referred to as natural language processing (NLP). Complex algorithms process the audio, breaking it apart into words and phrases. They assess the context of every response and even the speaker’s emotions.

 

The data retrieved by processing speech can be used for many purposes.

 

Most commonly, speech is transcribed. Speech-to-text conversion allows for manual transcription. This is how you get voice typing (dictation), YouTube’s automatically generated subtitles, and audio translation.

 

Using voice commands to control software is the next logical step.

 

This is where customer service comes in.

 

Voicebots and You

 

Speech recognition in customer service as of 2022 works through “voicebots”.

 

Widely used by call centers, a voicebot is a piece of software that allows the customer to communicate with an interactive voice response (IVR) system.

 

You can still find older IVRs that don’t use voice recognition. Instead you are prompted to press 1, 2, or 3 to pick an option from the menu. On the other hand, the new conversational IVRs don’t require you to touch the phone at all.

 

A conversational IVR processes natural language and uses it as input. Based on whether the caller’s audio contains certain cues, the IVR can respond by providing information, asking questions, or performing actions.

 

Examples:

  • Contacting ISP to report internet connection issues. Before you get through to the human operator, IVR is going to ask you what happened. Then it’s going to suggest you first try to switch your router on and off or check the integrity of the cable.
  • Automating sales calls, phone surveys. As a business owner, you can utilize a voicebot to have it call a list of numbers and offer the product to those interested, addressing their questions and helping them complete the purchase.

As you can see, a voicebot can help your call center operators deal with the deluge of calls by filtering out simple requests that can be handled automatically. This enhances the customer experience by miles: the caller doesn’t have to form the queue waiting for an available operator to finally pick up the phone.

 

All in all, voicebots offer many perks, especially if you’re working to optimize and improve your customer service.

 

  • instant communication; voice recognition makes it easier for customer and business to connect right away, no time and effort wasted
  • reduced costs; with a good voicebot, call centers can hire fewer operators-or scale up
  • out-of-the-box, easily integrated solutions
  • automated troubleshooting; changing user info, providing information, and so on can be done without engaging company employees

As voice technology continues to improve and evolve, we can expect voicebots to grow more sophisticated. If things keep progressing at the current rate, soon voicebots are going to become indistinguishable from human custom service workers.

 

If you want to know more about voice technology, visit our homepage at senstone.io.

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New Trend: Voice Recognition in Education

Using voice recognition in education, especially advanced learning, is a relatively recent development. Voice technology has progressed incredibly fast during the last few years, and what used to be cutting-edge experimental software is now commonplace.

 

Pretty much everyone these days uses a smartphone capable of speech processing. You can not only look up things on the internet using voice input but also communicate with the AI such as Google Assistant.

 

With voice recognition algorithms getting better and more libraries appearing on the market, educational apps are starting to dip their toes into the sea of opportunities that is voice tech.

 

Make Education More Accessible

 

Voice recognition in education gets a lot of attention lately, and for a good reason. For some people, it can be a neat way to take notes. For others, it opens the classroom door.

 

People with certain disabilities (dyslexia in one example) often find it difficult to take notes or do homework, because it involves typing and/or writing. This is where speech-to-text enters the stage. Transcription makes previously difficult tasks come naturally and boosts academic performance.

 

A beneficial side effect is that seeing the words appear on the screen during dictation can help students with reading and writing deficits to better grasp the relationship between letter and sound.

 

As for the students with conditions that affect mobility, voice recognition can be the only means of writing/typing available to them.

 

For deaf students, voice recognition is used to visualise speech using speech-to-text conversion. Again, this can be their only option.

 

Always Learning

 

Education welcomes individual approach, and voice recognition makes it easy in many areas.

 

So far the most popular application of speech processing is foreign language learning, especially learning pronunciation.

 

The student is prompted to repeat after a recording. If the pronunciation doesn’t match, the computer gives feedback and prompts the student again. Basically, this is the (dramatically) improved language lab – the lab that can fit in your pocket.

 

Apps like Rosetta Stone, ELSA Speak, and many others are very good at teaching pronunciation by using speech recognition to identify mistakes. This opens horizons to the people who cannot afford language courses, feel like they need more than lessons can offer – or prefer their learning bite-sized.

 

Implementing Voice Recognition in Education

 

With voice technology showing good results in a classroom setting, implementation is the next logical step.

 

Luckily, voice processing doesn’t require specialised equipment. A regular computer is all you need. Software, on the other hand, needs to be installed, and most of it is heavily licensed.

 

At this stage, awareness is the real challenge. Free licences for schools and universities, special learning programs, and voice technology options for disabled students would become far more accessible if teachers and learners knew about and asked for them.

 

Raising awareness about voice technology in education is an important task. As a company developing speech-to-text note-taking solutions, we hope more people experience the advantages voice technology can offer. To learn more about us, visit the Senstone homepage.

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Why Note-Taking Apps Are a Big Deal

Few people realise their favourite note-taking app is constantly vying for their attention. In the world where everyone takes digital notes, becoming and staying the preferred app for daily notes capture is very profitable. You become the second brain for millions of users.

 

The Invisible Competition

 

Developing a note-taking app is an underappreciated art form. You have to keep the app familiar and simple – and also make it unique in a way that is useful. It’s quite a challenge.

 

Still, a lot of techie are up for the task. In fact, you probably underestimate just how many! More than a hundred note apps are available just for Android.

 

Although most developers start making their own note-taking app to scratch an itch (write the book you want to read), profit is an obvious consideration. This creates competition, especially when it comes to stand-alone apps; although pre-installed apps can compete and subsequently fall from grace too.

 

Note-taking apps compete in the following aspects:

  • input speed
  • user-friendly interface
  • privacy
  • specialised features
  • pricing

These categories can overlap, but in general they are a decent representation of how customers make their choice. If an app is considered the best at multiple categories, more people will click ‘Install’. The more downloads you have, the larger amount of people will stay loyal to your product – provided their expectations are fulfilled.

 

The stakes are high, because most people use one note-taking app for everything.

 

An Unexpected Way to Make the World a Better Place

 

If you venture out into the wild and ask the public which note-taking app they prefer, the answers are going to vary. But if you look closely, you might notice a pattern.

 

The best apps are made by the developers who listen to feedback. Their apps cater to the target audience by staying on top of things in the chosen category. Fast apps optimise in favour of speed. Cross-platform apps add support for new platforms. Privacy-focused apps work to stay secure. And so on, and so forth.

 

Sensitivity to feedback benefits both user and product. This is how we get innovative solutions like Senstone Scripter.

 

And while profit makes note-taking apps a big deal to their creators (Evernote’s revenue reached $109.8M in 2021), there is another important aspect to developing such software.

 

Note-taking apps have a huge impact on productivity. They store large amounts of personal data. Billions of people rely on them for work and leisure. Specific features, like speech-to-text or synchronisation could make or break your day.

 

They could make or break the day for a company.

 

This is why users are so cautious about their choices. Handing everything from grocery lists to business strategies to a third-party app is an act of trust.



This article was brought to you by Senstone.

 

Hoping to help busy people around the globe take better notes, Senstone developed a wearable voice recorder capable of instant speech-to-text conversion. 99% transcription accuracy helps professionals streamline their work, and artificial intelligence takes care of spell-checking and organising notes. Senstone Scripter: your productivity is our mission.