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The BBC Is Producing Its Own Voice Assistant Named Beeb

Smart speakers could be getting increasingly more popular, but there’s a concern continuing to carry them back — the tone of voice assistants still have complications understanding accents. That is particularly accurate in Britain, which despite its little geographic size has a wide range of accents.

This problem has been tackled by the BBC, which is getting ready to launch its voice assistant. As reported in The Guardian, the BBC offers pledged that its forthcoming assistant can understand regional British accents.

The “Beeb” voice assistant won’t come with its own hardware as an Amazon Echo or a Google Home device. Rather, it’ll be yet another feature for the BBC site and iPlayer app. The program will also be distributed around hardware manufacturers who wish to include it within their products.

To teach Beeb, the BBC has produced use of its staff, asking workers from around the united states to test the program. The corporation, in addition, has resolved what it says will be the public’s concerns about industrial voice assistants: targeted marketing and security.

“People know and trust the BBC,” a spokesman told The Guardian, “so it will use its role as public service innovator in technology to ensure everyone –- not just the tech-elite –- can benefit from accessing content and new experiences in this new way.”

There exists a significant market for smart speakers, with around 20 percent of British households owning such a device based on the report.

The relationship between your BBC and smart speaker producers has been strained, nevertheless. The BBC needs that users register with their accounts when accessing content material such as radio streams on alternative party devices so that it can gather data about users’ hearing habits. This is not supported by well-known Alexa app TuneIn though, resulting in the BBC pulling its radio content material from the application last year.