“Hey, BOCCO!” – Yukai to Add Voice-Control Feature to Its Popular Family Robot

2017/1/12 News

TOKYO (Jan. 12, 2017) – BOCCO, a family communication robot developed and manufactured by Yukai Engineering, will soon become able to respond to voice commands. The company is developing a new model with a voice-control feature built on Advanced Media Inc.’s speech recognition software development kit called AmiVoice Robot SDK. The new model is anticipated for release later this year.

The new model will allow users to verbally instruct the robot to turn the lights on/off, play messages and perform various other tasks involving IoT devices and appliance.

Unlike conventional SDKs, AmiVoice Robot SDK enables voice typing and voice command at high accuracy for any device regardless of the CPU. Yukai customized the Linux version of AmiVoice Robot SDK to have BOCCO perform certain tasks when hearing “trigger words” so users can control the robot hand-free. Users can choose any word that they like as a trigger word. This hand-free control SDK will be released on AmiVoice Robot SDK Website in the near future.

This is the first commercial application of AmiVoice Robot SDK. Yukai Engineering provided a sneak preview of this new feature for BOCCO at CEATEC JAPAN2016 (Oct. 4-7, 2016) in Tokyo and CES 2017 (Jan. 5-8, 2017) in Las Vegas as a premier example of Japan’s advanced technology and garnered much attention from event-goers. The new feature is available both in Japanese and English.

For information on AmiVoice Robot SDK: http://robotsdk.amivoice.com/