July 13, 2018
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Czech-based eyedea Recognition has released a face detection API. It joins a list of some 38 in our API directory related to face detection. It's hard to tell how these offerings will stand out from the crowd. (By way of comparison, last October I wrote up Skybiometry.) Once the identity, gender, approximate age, and the ability to count the number of people in a room have been nailed, what else is there?
One of the most valuable resources of the english language is the dictionary. I won't get into the history of the dictionary or what it's done for literal society. I will note that incorporating inline definitions into reading apps is not the easiest thing to do. Sure, we now have eReaders like Apple's iBooks and the Amazon Kindle that have dictionary integration built in, but what about the rest of of the text-based universe?
Google has announced the general availability of Cloud Text-to-Speech and a beta release of Cloud Text-to-Speech Audio Profiles. The company also announced updates to Cloud Speech-to-Text which include the addition of multi-channel recognition, speaker diarization, and language auto-detect.