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Voice recognition technology news

Stay up to date with the latest developments in this exciting field combining speech, technology and computing.

 

Voice Project (EU)
"The VOICE Project is investigating the use of speech recognition systems in conversation, conferences, television broadcasts and telephone calls."
Verbatim Instant Transcripts
A transcription bureau utilizing voice based input.
VoiceRecognition.org
An informal informational organization of voice users.
Commercial Speech Recognition
A site with a lot of links to speech recognition information.
SmartHome
Offers an extensive range of voice controlled software and systems.
Out-Loud
A web site set up to help you use speech recognition software of all kinds.
Microsoft Speech Technology
The Microsoft web site for research into speech technology.

 

Voice recognition hardware

The best well known voice recognition hardware is your own pc with a pair of speakers and a microphone hooked up to its sound card or modem. But there are other, more sophisticated voice recognition systems on the market.

Install microphones - and perhaps some webcams - around the house and you can voice control your computer, have your email read aloud, browse the net and run your appliances, television and the lawn mower while you move around at will or while firmly reclined.

For people with disabilities, voice controlled computer systems can be a real help in running day to day tasks around the house. It can help them use the telephone and electrical appliances, as well as use the computer to allow them to enter a work environment, creating opportunities for greater financial and social independence.

 

Digital Voice Recorders (DVR) and Voice Logging Recorders (VLR)

Not strictly voice recognition equipment or applications, digital voice recorders and voice logging recorders are included here because of their voice-relatedness.

Digital Voice Recorders are generally handheld recorders the size of a walkman or smaller where you can easily speak in anywhere from a couple of seconds of text, like some mobile telephones offer, up to 2 hours or more of dictation.

Voice Logging Recorders are devices, hardware and software, generally used by security, safety and emergency response systems to record incoming calls. Many call centers use these systems as well.

 

Voice Recognition software

Voice recognition software is generally understood to be software which allows, through dictation into a microphone, the input of text into documents, reports and other software applications.

Another, more advanced application is the use of voice recognition for security access to rooms, buildings, computers, software, taking the place of or in addition to keys, fingerprints or other biometric and traditional forms of security access.

 

Voice enabled web browsing

Voice enabled web browsing is a new application in internet accessibility. It enables you to browse the web, via browser plugins and other software, using your voice. Similar systems can be used to control the pc itself.

Voice enabled web browsing

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - Accessibility Initiative 
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - Voice Browser Activity 
Portico
VoiceXML

 

Voice recognition hardware

The best well known voice recognition hardware is your own pc with a pair of speakers and a microphone hooked up to its sound card or modem. But there are other, more sophisticated voice recognition systems on the market.

Install microphones - and perhaps some webcams - around the house and you can voice control your computer, have your email read aloud, browse the net and run your appliances, television and the lawn mower while you move around at will or while firmly reclined.

For people with disabilities, voice controlled computer systems can be a real help in running day to day tasks around the house. It can help them use the telephone and electrical appliances, as well as use the computer to allow them to enter a work environment, creating opportunities for greater financial and social independence.

Digital Voice Recorder comparison

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