I refuse to solicit or accept money from anyone to finance my research because I don't want to be indebted to or controlled by others. So I recently came up with a plan to put some of the knowledge I have acquired over the years to good use and do it in a way that does not reveal my hand too much. I am working on two intelligent mobile applications as described below. Let me know if you think they might be useful to you.
1. Crystal Clear Smartphone Conversations
The first app will filter out all background sounds other than the user's voice during a call. It will also repair or clean up the user's voice by filling in missing signals if necessary. Can be activated or deactivated at the touch of a button. Advantage: Crystal clear conversations.
2. Voice-based Security
The second app will use both voice and speech recognition to eliminate passwords. It does this by asking the user to read a random word or phrase. This app can be used for unlocking the phone, accessing accounts, etc. If your voice changes over time or if you want to give someone else access to your accounts, the app can be reset in an instant. Advantage: High security and no need to remember passwords.
Although I think the first app has a better chance of being successful, I believe the second one is also doable. Some in the voice authentication and security business may disagree but the human voice is very much like a fingerprint. Every voice is unique in subtle ways that current technologies may not be able to capture. I use Microsoft Visual Studio and C# exclusively for programming. I will be using the Xamarin cross-platform tools to deploy the apps for the Windows Phone, the iPhone and Android phones. I don't anticipate needing GPU coprocessing.
I will release beta-test versions as soon as they are ready. Given my schedule, I anticipate the first app to be ready in two or three months.
The Ultimate Goal
If any of the apps is successful, I may venture into the hearing aid business. My plan is to generate enough funds to finance an artificial intelligence and computer research and development company. I believe that the requirements of true intelligence call for a new type of computer hardware and a better way to create software. My ultimate goal (or dream) is to build a truly intelligent bipedal robot that can do all your chores around the house such as cleaning, preparing food, babysitting the kids, doing the laundry, gardening, etc. A tall order, I know.