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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sbenitezb
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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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sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

"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."

Yes. You must be kidding. You cannot use natural language normally to speak to your PC without repeating or making sure it understands exactly what you mean. It's a waste of time. It's just a toy.

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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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