Speech Recognition for Industrial Manufacturing

Speech Recognition for Industrial Manufacturing

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The practice of using voice-controlled machines in manufacturing was previously considered prone to errors, and as a result, it was hardly ever adopted. Now, researchers have developed a solution that allows machines to be reliably controlled using voice commands.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology in Oldenburg, Germany, have developed a speech recognition solution for use in industrial manufacturing. The system works reliably even in noisy environments and can be flexibly adapted to the user’s needs. Employees use intuitive voice commands on the factory floor, allowing them to keep both hands free and work much more efficiently.

Even on a noisy factory floor, the speech recognition system functions reliably. Employees speak into a wireless headset or a stationary microphone—and in the future, they could use smart hearable technology, which the institute branch for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology HSA is also working to develop. Loud ambient noise is almost entirely tuned out using a combination of directional microphones and an effective noise-canceling system.

Marvin Norda, the project manager for Voice Controlled Production at Fraunhofer, says, “For the first time, our technology is enabling people to control machines in manufacturing using voice commands in a reliable, intuitive way. For manufacturing companies, this means increased efficiency and lower costs.”

The solution, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony and the Volkswagen Foundation, is now ready for the market and is already being tested by some industry customers, according to techxplore.com.

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