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1997 December
Advanced Media, Inc. established as speech recognition venture at 1-32-6 Kakigara-cho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
1999 March
Formed the Interactive Voice System Research Group (IVSRG) to support the evaluation and improvement of AmiVoice, and released the AmiVoice SDK software development support tool (version 1.0)
2000 July
Released version 3.0 of the AmiVoice SDK, launched actual Solution Support Business. Headquarters moved to 3-1-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo.
November
AmiVoice Web site for speech recognition applications comes on line; License Business for enterprise users commenced.
2002 March
AmiVoice for game machines (XBOX, PS2) released simultaneously with announcement of AmiVoice/Distributed Speech Recognition (DSR), which is primarily for communications use. Also released AmiVoice Medical for Radiology, a pioneering speech input package for radiological image diagnostic reports.
October
Released AmiVoiceDSR for Dictation/PDA, which uses AmiVoice DSR to allow dictation using a PDA.
November
Released AmiVoice ID (now called AmiVoice Mobile Verification), a client-server speech verification application.
2003 April
Released AmiVoice Medical Scribe, a user-friendly medical text output application with high-speed processing. Initiated sales partner system in the medical area.
May
Released AmiVoice SDK version 5.0, which supports the development of speech recognition applications for the versatile PC platform.
August
Released AmiVoice Rewriter, a conference proceedings creation support application; AmiVoice CallScriber, an application for converting recorded call-center conversations to text; and AmiVoice Reporter, an operating report creation support system; launched high-value-added License Business.
2004 March
Released AmiVoice Ex (Hospital/Clinic), an electronic medical record application.
May
Local government assemblies and their committees commenced using AmiVoice Rewriter.
June
Commenced sales of Japanese-language study applications with audible pronunciation guides and interactive English conversation practice applications.
October
AmiVoice DSR front end converted to ASIC chip, mounted in mobile telephones.
2005 January
Released AmiVoice Ex Pharmacy, a speech recognition application for dispensing pharmacies to support the preparation of instructions on dosage and administration.
February
Commenced sales of AmiVoice CALL?pronunciation, an application that assists Japanese students to correct their English pronunciation
March
Actroid, a reception and information robot, introduced at Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. Operating in four languages, Actroid incorporates Advanced Media’s conversation technology.
June
Listed on Mothers market at the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly and other local government assemblies began using conference proceedings creation system.
July
Established subsidiary Voice Domain Service, Inc. to offer voice-operated Internet search services using mobile telephones.
October
Significantly reduced the price of AmiVoice® Ex Clinic, the industry’s most accurate speech input software for electronic medical records, with the object of increasing the number of sites using it
Converted MC2, Ltd. into a consolidated subsidiary for the purpose of expanding Advanced Media’s business base
2006 March
Commenced sales of AmiVoice Ex BizMail, an application for business text mail input.
April
Started offering the Open Sesame System, which uses speaker verification to automatically unlock doors.
August
Established Voice Capital Solutions Co., Ltd., an enterprise investment and consulting subsidiary to promote growth of businesses using AmiVoice. Commenced sales of voice-input business software for NTT DoCoMo’s FOMA® business series “FOMA® M1000”, as an ASP service.
September
Commenced sales of AmiVoice SceneDirector, which uses voice commands to provide integrated control of devices in meeting rooms.
October
Advanced Media President Kiyoyuki Suzuki is named Japan’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the international annual award scheme that recognizes the achievements of outstanding business leaders.
2007 May
Released AmiVoice Guard speaker verification system.
August
FOMA® Raku-Raku PHONE IV manufactured by Fujitsu starts using AmiVoice DSR clients.
November
Commenced sales of AmiVoice Es 2008, AMI’s first voice recognition application for the general consumer. Started offering a voice recognition server for NTT DoCoMo’s FOMA® 905i series. Along with this, AMI launched its mobile content site, “KoeCheki.”
2008 April
Sold the consolidated subsidiary MC2, Ltd. Started providing Voice Input Mail services for NTT DoCoMo’s Raku-Raku PHONE Premium by Fujitsu equipped with the AmiVoice DSR.
October
The voice recognition technology used in Voice Input Mail named “Software Product of the Year® 2008” by the Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan.
2009 May
Installed committee meeting minutes suport system for all standing committees of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly.
July
Commenced sales of Voice Recognition Mail for the iPhone.
August
AMI and Nichii Gakkan Company enter into a capital and business alliance.
November
Released AmiVoice CommunicationSuite, a voice management solution for call centers. Commenced sales of AmiVoice CALL Lite ?pronunciation-, an English pronunciation correction application for the general consumer.
2010 June
Released ENIFvoice SP, a voice recognition based support system for preparing histories of patient’s pharmaceutical usage. The product was developed jointly with Toho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
July
Commenced sales of AmiVoice SP, a voice recognition application for the general consumer.
September
Provided AmiVoice for “Narikiri Travel English Conversation,” part of Nichii Gakkan‘s Web College e-learning series.
October
Launched CyberClerk Institute Co., Ltd., a joint operation with Nichii Gakkan Company.
December
Commenced sales of an English pronunciation correction application, AmiVoice CALL -pronunciation-, for junior-high and high school use.
2008 January
Provided of AmiVoice for “Narikiri Business English Conversation,” part of Nichii Gakkan‘s Web College e-learning series.
March
Launched Yahoo! Voice Search, an iPhone application developed jointly with Yahoo Japan Corporation under the listing of Yahoo! Labs.
2012 March
Released AmiVoice Ex7 Rehabili, a voice-input system for rehabilitation medicine.
June
Launched sales of AmiVoice Cloud, a voice recognition cloud service for corporations.
Launched sales of AmiVoice Ex7 MentalCare, a voice-input system for psychiatry.
November
Provided AmiVoiceR to Ohanashi Assistant, an application from KDDI Corporation that enables voice-activated control of smartphones.
Released AmiVoiceSP2, voice recognition software for general consumers.
Provided the AmiVoice voice recognition technology for AQUOS PHONE ZETA SH-02E (manufactured by Sharp), a Winter 2012 model smartphone from NTT DoCoMo.
December
Released AmiVoice Smart for smartphones and smart tablets; introduced AmiVoice Smart for Radiology for radiologists.
2013 March
Released AmiVoice Picking, a voice-picking system.
Released AOI Browser, a unique web browser for the iPhone.
May
Provided the voice recognition engine for Car Navitime for Smartphones, a car navigation application.
September
Glamo Inc. becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary.
November
Released VoXT, a cloud-based voice recognition and transcription service.
December
Established the Business Development Center in Osaka.
2014 April
Launched sales of AmiVoice Server for On-premise, a voice recognition system for internal company operations.
July
Jointly developed J-TAC, a television subtitling support system incorporating voice recognition for TV Asahi Create.
Joint development with Sato of AmiVoice iPicking, a wearable voice-picking system based on the iPod Touc.
August
Shorthand Center Tsukuba Co., Ltd. becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary.