Voice technology com­pany Vo­y­sis opens Ed­in­burgh of­fice

The Irish Times - Business - - TECHNOLOGY - CHAR­LIE TAY­LOR

Vo­y­sis, a Dublin-head­quar­tered voice technology start-up that raised $8 mil­lion (€6.7 mil­lion) ear­lier this year, has opened its first of­fice in the UK.

Ian Hod­son, for­mer head of voice at Google, will head up the new 10-strong team in Ed­in­burgh.

Mr Hod­son, who joined Vo­y­sis in May, was in charge of Google’s text to speech pro­gramme and pro­vided piv­otal in­put on Google Maps, Google As­sis­tant and An­droid voice.

Vo­y­sis has de­vel­oped a voice recog­ni­tion plat­form driven by nat­u­ral lan­guage in­struc­tions and search ca­pa­bil­i­ties for third-party en­ter­prises.

Founded by Peter Cahill, who has spent 15 years re­search­ing speech technology and neu­ral net­work re­search, the start-up has been busy scal­ing its team in re­cent months.

Hav­ing closed a se­ries A fi­nanc­ing round led by US ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists Po­laris in Fe­bru­ary the firm opened an of­fice in Bos­ton.

The open­ing of the Ed­in­burgh unit comes as tech gi­ants such as Ama­zon and Google have in­creased their pres­ence in the voice-pow­ered technology space with prod­ucts such as Echo and Google Home.

De­spite the grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Vo­y­sis claims its plat­form al­lows more ac­cu­rate nat­u­ral lan­guage queries than the other play­ers.

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