Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Speech recognition software

I would love to have a Speech recognition software enabled on my computer, which would enable me to carry out hands free computing. Just imagine how easy it would be for me to open programs and even write my blog posts without using the keyboard or mouse.

It's not science fiction, the technology is actually already here. These systems are also not only about computing. You may not realise it but we are already using these applications in our everyday life. These include voice dialing in our mobile phones. For example, I just have to press a button and say my wife's name to call her on my mobile phone. Some companies are using simple data entry programs to automatically record your data (such as a credit card number) through the phone.

However I feel that these technologies have benefited the disabled and visually impaired persons the most. They have enabled a lot of them to lead more independent and fulfilling lives.

Sometime back, I once tried out a dictation software which converted my spoken words into words. However, it made so many mistakes and I would have to edit it all over. In the end I just removed the software. Now, I learn that that people are working on more sophisticated programs that will "remember" your voice and adjust to your accent.

Nuance.com is the largest supplier in the World. Among their big clients is AT&T. The company is using speech automation software from Nuance to automate its new 1-800-YellowPages (1-800-935-5697) Directory Assistance (DA) service.

One very popular desktop product for PC from Nuance is their Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9. It allows you to send e-mails and instant messages, surf the web, create documents - by just speaking into a microphone connected to your computer. The company claims that it is "up to 99% accurate, and often more accurate than typing". Their most astounding claim is that "it actually gets smarter the more you use it!"

You can actually try out the demo on their site. It's pretty amazing.


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2 comments:

ApOgEE said...

Hi, I'm ApOgEE. I got your link from WangCyber. So, I'm passing by...

I'm interested to comment this topic... It is great to have voice recognition enabled pc. But the technology was still young.
Why? I have viewed this before with my colleague to develop a voice recognition enabled system. Then we found that there is still some problem in recognise our voice when we got fever or our voice have changed by any sense (maybe got a flu and turns to Ramli Sarip's like voice).

Anyway, you got a nice blog... oh yeah, you got a 2nd highest list on the Melayu Boleh keyword too... congrats!

Adam said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

I had the same problem too. The program didn't recognise my voice when I spoke a bit faster too.

I just noticed the rankings yesterday.

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