Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 9th Aug 2006 05:12 UTC
Windows "Surprise surprise. Windows Vista speech recognition actually works. Contrary to what MSNBC criticize as a ‘wreck', the speech recognition technology is well developed and highly usable, says Long Zheng.
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My own experiences..
by The Lone OSer on Wed 9th Aug 2006 06:24 UTC
The Lone OSer
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2005-07-11

Alas, I find Speech Recognition a rather annoying technology. Having first started with it with IBM ViaVoice that was built in to OS/2 Warp, and then ViaVoice via Windows, and now Vista - My experiences alas, are exactly the same, even 10 years on with the technology.
I stem from a little country known as New Zealand.. Population - 98 million (94 million of them being sheep), and i find that, although we speak the Queens English (apparently) - the technology fails misserably with our accent, and you can get a hilarious response with the dictation systems... With Vista - when trying to train it, the software would lock solid every single attempt.
I wait with anticipation of a build of Vista I can actually train - and then we will see if this 10 year old problem persists ;)

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RE: My own experiences..
by Alleister on Wed 9th Aug 2006 10:05 in reply to "My own experiences.."
Alleister Member since:
2006-05-29

Sorry, but when i see an film from New Zealand even my biological speech recognition fails miserably. There would have to be a specialized version for New Zealand.

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RE: My own experiences..
by RawMustard on Wed 9th Aug 2006 11:31 in reply to "My own experiences.."
RawMustard Member since:
2005-10-10

Perhaps when kiwis learn to pronounce english correctly, speech recognition software may have a slight chance at working properly. Being married to one, I'm constantly asking her to repeat what she just said. I'm afraid that Fushun chups or suxdi sux don't count as proper english ;)

Edited 2006-08-09 11:38

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RE[2]: My own experiences..
by iangibson on Wed 9th Aug 2006 15:33 in reply to "RE: My own experiences.."
iangibson Member since:
2005-09-25

So what is the 'correct' pronunciation of English? Let me suggest that it is certainly not the way Americans speak.

Not that there is a 'way' - there are many regional accents across the USA just as there are in Britain and elsewhere across the English-speaking world.

For speech recognition software to be remotely useful, it surely must be able to accommodate all of the many accents that are out there.

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RE[2]: My own experiences..
by martinus on Wed 9th Aug 2006 11:39 in reply to "My own experiences.."
martinus Member since:
2005-07-06

"open the bloody start menu, mate!"

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