IBM Developing Voice Recognition for Handhelds
Researchers at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center have been working for years at developing workable speech recognition for Palm handhelds, according to the NY Times. This is based on decades of research by the company into speech technology. Liam D. Comerford, a speech engineer, has a heavily-modified prototype Palm III that has both speech recognition and text-to-speech capabilities.
He can dictate memos and have the handheld read them back. He can also verbally enter Date Book entries. Instead of beeping for an alarm, Mr. Comerford's Palm can announce that he has an appointment. He can also dictate expense items.
His modifications included adding a speaker, a microphone, and an additional processor to the Palm.
Thanks to Ophir Prusak for the tip. -Ed
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