Audio Telligence is a startup that spun out of the University of Cambridge funded CEDAR Audio. Audio Telligence has raised around $8.5 million in the Series A funding for their ‘autofocus for sound’.
Octopus Ventures is leading the round with the participation from the existing investors Cambridge Innovation Capital, CEDAR Audio and Cambridge Enterprise.
The company was first founded in 2017 and based in Cambridge, UK and has developed data-driven ‘blind audio signal’ separation technology that is able to eliminate the background noise by enabling listener mode, which can either be machines or humans so that the individual can hear more clearly.
The potential commercial applications are wide which are from the voice assistants operating in the noisy environments, to smart speakers, smarter TVs as well as set-top boxes where background noise can hinder the device’s ability to execute speech recognition.
Another noticeable use-case is hearing the assistance for the people who struggle with hearing in the noisy crowds, which Audio Telligence is also exploring. It means the original impetus for the technology was to clarify the so-called ‘cocktail party problem’. The CEO named Ken Roberts said that the Auto Telligence intended to chase a licensing strategy instead of building direct to consumer hardware of its own and currently exhibited the capability of the tech at the CES where it saw several interests from OEMs and other. He also said that the tests with revealed home assistant platform revealed the sentence recognition rate in noisier conditions raised from 22% to 94%.
Also, Audio Telligence plans to utilize a newer capital for a breakthrough product development as well as to support newer partnerships with the technology providers.