France at CES 2023: Vivoka

From January 5 to 8, 2023, the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas brings together hundreds of start-ups for what is the biggest “tech” event on the planet. Among the French exhibitors, Vivoka, a French start-up that develops voice technologies.

Vivoka is a start-up offering a complete solution that allows any company to create their own offline voice AI in record time.

William Simonin, CEO of Vivoka, answered questions from Engineering Techniques.

Engineering Techniques: What is the genesis story of Vivoka?

William Simonin: Vivoka is a leading AI-based voice technology company founded in 2015. Upon graduation, its CEO William Simonin, along with his partner Vincent Leroy, came up with the idea to create Vivoka after seeing the movie Iron Man. Jarvis, the revolutionary artificial intelligence (AI) featured in the film, so inspired them that they wanted to make it real. When it comes to human-machine interface, nothing is more intuitive and logical than the voice. They realized that there was no such thing as a smart voice assistant. At that time, voice assistants like Amazon Echo or Google Home did not yet exist. So they started to develop their own voice recognition system.
Thanks to its VDK (Voice Development Kit), Vivoka offers an all-in-one voice recognition solution that allows any company to create its own on-board/offline, high-performance and secure voice assistant in record time. Vivoka has won multiple innovation awards and established leading partnerships with major players in the voice market. Vivoka has a portfolio of more than 100 customers from all sectors and pursues its goal of bringing people closer to technology through voice.

What sector of activity does your company operate in?

Vivoka invents, produces and distributes specialized solutions in the field of embedded voice technologies that meet the needs and realities of companies in all sectors: logistics, robotics, retail, health, smartglasses, defense, etc.

What products are you developing?

The brand’s main product is the VDK: Voice Development Kit, a software development kit specialized in voice. It allows any company to simply and quickly develop an on-board voice solution, in different languages ​​and compatibility.

This product responds to a market problem: voice adoption is currently a real challenge. The Voice Development Kit addresses this issue by reducing the time-to-market for voice solutions and the need for human and financial resources to start these projects, while bringing together the best technologies, owners and partners available today.

For which customers?

Our customers are large accounts and SMEs, in sectors such as logistics, robotics, IOT, defence, industry or healthcare. We are potentially targeting all companies that want to add a voice interface to a device to facilitate and simplify human-computer interaction.

The 42 languages ​​supported by our technology allow us to reach these companies around the world today.

What are the main challenges around IoT today, in terms of connectivity, power and service?

Designing a quick solution, compatible with all systems on the market and in all languages, and above all offline and therefore not dependent on the Internet, is a challenge that many companies have tried to meet.

The Voice Development Kit addresses this issue by reducing the time-to-market for voice solutions and the need for human and financial resources to start these projects, while bringing together the best technologies, owners and partners available today.

What innovations are specific to the products you develop?

We designed the first software development kit that brings together all the voice technologies needed to create an on-board and offline voice solution. An all-in-one software development kit SDK combined with an intuitive graphical user interface.

It allows any company and any developer to configure an offline voice interface (not dependent on the Internet) composed of one or more voice technologies (transcription, speech synthesis, voice biometrics, etc.) and multilingual in record time.

First of all, thanks to a simple and intuitive graphical interface: many plugins can be used in parallel to create voice functionality. With VDK, everything is in the same software and in the same interface in a single view.

VDK also offers a complete range of widgets for development: Grammar Editor, COPFile Editor, Voice Studio, etc.

So VDK comes with clear documentation to guide the user. Navigating the first steps of creating a voice interface is often tricky. To reduce this complexity, tutorials (creating an ASR, a TTS, etc.) are available to guide you step by step in the development of your offline voice solution.

The most common use cases are associated with code examples to make the technologies easier to understand. For more complex cases, complete documentation and our services are available on the Voice Development Kit platform.

What do you expect from your participation in CES 2023?

This is our fourth participation. The year 2023 is strategic for Vivoka because we want to accelerate the company’s internationalization to establish our frantic pace of growth. That’s why CES is an essential event to meet new partners or customers and above all to evangelize around the use of voice recognition in the industry.

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