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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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The video worked the second time around
by Lambda on Wed 9th Aug 2006 06:58 UTC
Lambda
Member since:
2006-07-28

I'm impressed. I haven't really been following the progress of speech recognition, but if the video is any indication, this could be the "killer app" for Vista.

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sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

"this could be the "killer app" for Vista."

I doubt. Speech recognition is a pain in the ass. It's mostly for impaired people, not for everyone day to day use.

We are really far from being able to tell the computer:

* Computer, read my mail; discard all spam.
* Computer, reply to Joe Sixpack: Dear Joe, this voice interface like Startrek's ships computers is awesome. You should check it out.
* Computer, send the composed mail.
* Computer, preview the picture of my last birthday, the one I'm with my girldfrind, the new one. Also send a copy to her and print one in high resolution. Make sure Mom gets a copy.

*That*, would be nice.

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Lambda Member since:
2006-07-28

We are really far from being able to tell the computer:

* Computer, read my mail; discard all spam.
* Computer, reply to Joe Sixpack: Dear Joe, this voice interface like Startrek's ships computers is awesome. You should check it out.
* Computer, send the composed mail.
* Computer, preview the picture of my last birthday, the one I'm with my girldfrind, the new one. Also send a copy to her and print one in high resolution. Make sure Mom gets a copy.



Did you watch the screencast? It looks like 1-3 of your list is completely doable in the Vista system as of now. #4 is more of an AI/Image recognition problem.

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47ronin Member since:
2006-04-03

As long as the mail application is scriptable, almost all of these items have been doable as speech recognitions commands for years in Mac OS 9 (we're talking at least seven years). I was able to login using a vocal phrase key, open and close applications, scroll windows and select items, get information and run menu items. It was a combination of the built-in AppleScript and Speakable Items features of Mac OS back in the day.

One thing I am curious about... does Vista require you to voice-train your computer BEFORE the system can recognize you properly or does it work out of the box with any Joe's accent and drawl?

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