Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Can A Speech Recognition Browser Be Far Behind?

Applications that use voice or words as physical world hyperlinks are starting to appear.

TellMe has speech recognition 411 for mobile, and with this announcement today, I think we should be expecting a speech recognition browser shortly.

Nuance Communications, Inc. and TeleCommunication Systems today announced the development of a speech-enabled mobile navigation system for mobile phones. TCS selected Nuance speech solutions to simplify the destination entry process for its white label TCS Navigator product, resulting in the creation of the first navigation system for mobile phones to offer voice destination entry.

The industry's leading speech recognition technology leverages large street address grammars to eliminate the time-consuming task of keying in street or city names by allowing users to simply speak a destination. The Nuance Mobile Speech Platform even filters "um" and "ah" type utterances, for fast, highly accurate recognition and response.

Michael Thompson, vice president and general manager, telco, search and communications for Nuance said "Speech-based navigation is just one of the many ways speech can be used to fundamentally change the way people use their mobile devices. The same technology can be used for other mobile tasks such as directory search, music search and message creation."

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