Almaty. July 23. Information Center - Kazakh IT
company Kazdream has developed the first-ever digital voice assistant that
recognizes the Kazakh language, reported The Astana Times referring to
is an analog of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, the new technology is capable
of supporting conversation, giving advice and answering questions about the
weather or the exchange rate in Kazakh and mixed Kazakh-Russian
to its creators, the primary aim of the gadget is to popularize the Kazakh
language. While smart technologies are rising in demand for the public, few of
them have been adopted into Kazakh. The new gadget’s goal is to create more
comfortable usage for the rapidly growing Kazakh-speaking population and to
make sure Kazakh speakers are included by smart homes and smart offices
device functions as a smart speaker, it is also expected to be used as a
separate mobile app. The assistant currently does not have a name but its
developers are planning on finishing the project and introducing it to the mass
market by the end of the year.
know, Alisa (digital voice assistant by Yandex) speaks Russian and Siri was
created mainly for English-speaking users. In houses where Kazakh is spoken,
Alisa does not respond to requests. Accordingly, the idea was born to create a
Kazakh smart speaker in our native language. The primary task is to popularize
the language and introduce the gadget as an assistant that knows Kazakh for
everyday life or for the office,” said Nurgozha Kaliaskar, head of the project
partnered with Speech.kz laboratory to collect data and devise the
working in 2019. The process was very long. We collected data manually. The
recognition accuracy of our Kazakh and mixed languages is now over 75 percent.
We are even approaching 80 percent. And this is the best figure in the
country,” said Head of Speech.kz Dinara Alimova.
framework of the same project, Kazakh users will be able to convert audio in
the Kazakh language into text on the laboratory’s website. This technology is
aimed to help visually impaired users in particular.