IBM Demoes Speech Recognition for Palm

Last week, IBM demoed a prototype of a clip-on sled that contains a DSP (digital signal processing) chip and memory for translating speech to text. The prototype could only be used for executing commands in a contact database or appointments calendar, as well as for voice-activated phone dialing. It wasn't capable of true speech to text, where the user simply talks and their words are entered into a text-editing app. Price and availability for the final product aren't yet available.

For dialing out on the Palm, the system would interact with a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone. It isn't clear whether IBM's device would have the Bluetooth chips built-in or if the Palm itself would need to handle that.

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phac @ 6/25/2001 2:19:17 PM #
this could probably never happen due to palms processing capabilities being quite small
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I.M. Anonymous @ 6/25/2001 2:49:27 PM #
Hi 1st,

think you have to read: IBM developed a unit INCLUDING a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) and this Chip HAS the computing power to do that, it works stand alone, ok?



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I.M. Anonymous @ 6/25/2001 3:02:23 PM #
This is a long way off. Hearing External Sound on a regular sized palm is hard, getting it to "wreck a nice beach" is way harder.

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I.M. Anonymous @ 6/25/2001 3:09:45 PM #
Read the original post, it says NOT capable of TRUE speech to text.

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I.M. Anonymous @ 6/25/2001 3:17:40 PM #
1st, "never" is a loooonnnggg time. ;)

RE: 1st
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/25/2001 3:49:42 PM #
Except when there's a 'probably'. ;) ;)

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I.M. Anonymous @ 6/25/2001 8:09:41 PM #
shutup you idiots. all this site has is arguing, a little is fine, but when EVERY post is arguing it just sucks

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I.M. Anonymous @ 6/26/2001 4:29:13 AM #

As it stands, this isn't very useful, IMHO, however it is a start. In the last 4 or 5 years speach to text technology has come along in leaps and bounds, mostly due to hardware improvements to be sure, but software has developed too.

Voice input is the most obvious and practical means of entering data into a palm-sized device and given the improvements in processing power we are seeing being announce, I am sure in 2 to 3 years the stylus will just be used for doodling and dragging and dropping.

Sad too say though, I doubt Palm will produce the first useful voice capable device.

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Alan @ 6/26/2001 9:06:11 AM #
What sucks, in my opinion, is an abusive post like 'shutup you idiots' which contributes nothing to the discussion. At least the original arguers were moving towards some sort of understanding.


DB @ 6/26/2001 6:03:52 PM #
If this actually works, it would change the way that I use my Palm.


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