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How Apple's HomePod uses AI and 6 mics to hear users through ambient noise

10 days ago   |   By VentureBeat

Despite HomePod's mixed reputation as a smart speaker, it actually uses machine learning tricks to interpret commands - even if it can't ideally respond.
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Taking Siri far-field with HomePod

Taking Siri far-field with HomePod

10 days ago   |   By iMore

How do you take Siri from the phone to the home? Apple's Machine Learning Journal explains!
Siri, Apple's personal virtual assistant, debuted on the iPhone but, step by step, expanded to iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. When it came time to build the HomePod, though, Apple needed to make a version of Siri optimized not for wrist, hand, lap or table distances, but for across the room and around the house. That meant making Siri optimized for far-field use cases.
Apple's Machine Learning Journal :
Far-field speech recognition becomes more challenging when another active talker, like a person or a...
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Apple Details How HomePod Can Detect 'Hey Siri' From Across a Room, Even With Loud Music Playing

Apple Details How HomePod Can Detect 'Hey Siri' From Across a Room, Even With Loud Music Playing

10 days ago   |   By Mac Rumors

In a new entry in its Machine Learning Journal , Apple has detailed how Siri on the HomePod is designed to work in challenging usage scenarios, such as during loud music playback, when the user is far away from the HomePod, or when there are other active sound sources in a room, such as a TV or household appliances.
An overview of the task: The typical audio environment for HomePod has many challenges - echo, reverberation, and noise. Unlike Siri on iPhone, which operates close to the user's mouth, Siri on HomePod must work well in a far-field setting. Users want to invoke Siri from many...
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Apple details how the HomePod uses machine learning to ignore noisy surroundings for Siri requests

Apple details how the HomePod uses machine learning to ignore noisy surroundings for Siri requests

10 days ago   |   By 9to5Mac

In the latest post on its machine learning blog , the Apple audio software engineering team explains the challenges of speech detection for smart speakers, and how it uses machine learning models running on the HomePod's A8 chip to help improve far-field accuracy.
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Apple published a surprising amount of detail about how the HomePod works

Apple published a surprising amount of detail about how the HomePod works

10 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / Siri on Apple's HomePod speaker.
Today, Apple published a long and informative blog post by its audio software engineering and speech teams about how they use machine learning to make Siri responsive on the HomePod, and it reveals a lot about why Apple has made machine learning such a focus of late.
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