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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I don't believe
by ActiveMan on Wed 9th Aug 2006 08:06 UTC
ActiveMan
Member since:
2006-01-15

This demo was prepared in a special enviroment without any noise, isn't it?

You can see what happen in the real world here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV1kqthZf2g&NR

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RE: I don't believe
by Alleister on Wed 9th Aug 2006 10:16 in reply to "I don't believe"
Alleister Member since:
2006-05-29

Yes, because in the real world you always sit with a couple of thousand guests in your home cathedral.

Don't get me wrong, this surely isn't anything spectacular new, but it reflects my experiences with other speech recognition software. Usually it was enough to use a different microphone than that which you have trained it with and they stoped working.

You can be sure that no MS employee would present that software if it would not have worked when they tryed it. You know, you can think of Microsoft what you want, but there is no policy that requires MS employees to have down-syndrome.

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RE[2]: I don't believe
by apoc on Wed 9th Aug 2006 12:24 in reply to "I don't believe"
apoc Member since:
2006-03-24

lol, ActiveMan, if you don't believe try it for yourself, it's the best thing to do.

I had already tried Vista's Speech Recognition before that sad video, "dear aunt etc etc", so i know that there was a problem at the demo, if you watch it carefully you'll notice the volume is at the max, and the guy giving the commands didn't know how to use speech recognition, when a recognition error occurs the speech button turns orange and you have to wait for it to turn blue again, if you keep talking while it is orange you'll only get things worse because Speech Recog will think that you're still finishing the command when you're actually trying to correct re recognition error.

Try it for yourselves.

I also don't agree that the speech recognition is only for impaired people, it's much faster saying "start AppName" than typing the name of the app in the start menu, you don't even have to open it! Also, simple things like clicking buttons are much faster, imagine you're composing an email, you change your mind and just say "close that, don't save",

minimize
maximize
switch applications
open apps/common places(documents|pics|videos|computer|other start menu buttons)
start a search("start search")
shudown/hibernate/sleep/log off
menubar commands("tools options")

these are all tasks that i believe speech recognition will help to speed up.

btw, the new explorer is also pretty nice interms of usability, the new address bar, organization options, visual feedback of folder contents, preview pane with multimedia support, metadata below, integrated search,it's nice.

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RE: I don't believe
by Janus on Wed 9th Aug 2006 13:10 in reply to "I don't believe"
Janus Member since:
2005-07-20

And you can see the whole clip here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX8oYoYy2Gc

Unlike in the clip you posted, he successfuly does application launching and switching betwheen windows. Also, after the part where the voice recognition fouls up, he removes the text and starts anew dictating a letter without any problems. But of course, these part don't help when you're out to bash Microsoft. ;-)

Anyhow, as described pretty detailed in the YouTube description of that clip, it was a known bug and it hs been resolved.

If you want to know exactly what caused it, you can read all about it here:

http://blogs.msdn.com/larryosterman/archive/2006/07/31/684327.aspx

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