Microsoft Releases Voice Command for PPC
Microsoft has released a new application for handhelds that run the latest version of windows mobile for Pocket PC devices and PPCPE. Voice Command enables hands free voice interaction and operation of certain handheld tasks.
Voice Command uses Microsoft's next-generation phonetic speech-recognition technology, the result of 10 years of research, to make speech interaction simple, intuitive and practical. Voice Command allows users to use natural language to access info and control the handheld.
With the software users can dial a phone number or lookup an appointment by saying, "call Bob Smith" or "What's my calendar?" and the handheld will respond. You can also control the windows media player and launch certain programs.
Microsoft's Automotive Business Unit developed Voice Command to address consumers' need to be safely connected while on the go. People want access to their personalized information, regardless of location, and research supports this trend. A recent survey revealed that 85 percent of U.S. cell phone owners and 50 percent of PDA owners use their devices while in the car.
Microsoft is charging $39.95 for the software, it requires the latest version of windows mobile (PPC 2003 or PPCSE), ActiveSync 3.7 and Windows XP or higher and is available from handango.com.
Editors Comments: Yes, this article has nothing to do with the Palm OS, but I thought it would be interesting to highlight and discuss. Does anyone really want or need to use voice interaction with your handheld? Why is this being implemented on handheld devices, when the technology has not even fully matured in the desktop world? Is voice recognition on a PDA a currently a bad idea? Please discuss and share your thoughts below... -Ryan
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