Voice recognition is here to stay and it’s only going to get better. The days of entering data in to a computer with a keyboard are quickly coming to an end. The infiltration of voice recognition in to just about everything is upon us. Voice recognition is being used in everything from PC’s, Smartphones and more recently vehicles [cars and trucks]. The ability to speak to something and have a device understand the command and then do the task is so very close.
The background on speech recognition goes back to the old PC days, but now with smaller devices, prolific Internet access and more powerful CPU’s, speech recognition can be everywhere, for everyone.
PC & Smartphone Voice recognition
The productive points are obvious with speech recognition. You speak it, it does it. Entering data in to a computer with a keyboard is a waste of time; speech recognition can accomplish this in much less time. Speech recognition works great with words and numbers. People use speech recognition at work all the time to speed their ability to be productive. Not only can they respond faster to Instant Messages and emails; they can document events and other points very fast. And it’s more professional.
Speech recognition as a true advantage over people who use a keyboard because most people are keyboard lazy. They use short-keys, acronyms and abbreviations that can confuse and slow the overall message of what’s trying to be said. speech recognition doesn’t have that issue. The users simply speaks and the full words are typed, and the full thought is instantly on the screen. Only two companies I know of are focused on PC voice recognition; that’s Microsoft and Nuance. Google has speech recognition, but [sadly] it’s restricted to Google Chrome browser.
Having voice recognition on a Smartphone is just as good. You see more and more people using speech recognition to tell their phones what they need. They need map directions, post a social page update to Facebook or Twitter, or they are searching for the closest gas station. The options and abilities only seem limited by what the voice recognition can recognize accurately and understand what to do. And there’s LOTS of developers working on this right now; it’s the boom subject lately.
There’s a strong battle going on right now for speech recognition between Google and Apple [Apple uses Nuance’s voice recognition software]. But the battle isn’t so much about the ability to recognize the words; the race is to accurately understand what the operators are asking for, in all the different ways they can ask for it, and then have their speech recognition software accurately go do what the users are asking. No doubt, this is a true challenge.
Having crept out of the shadows of the PC arena and gaining popularity with Smartphone users, automobile [car/truck] makers couldn’t be left out. Voice recognition software is becoming standard on newer cars. The options of finding gas stations, playing music, answering texts & emails and making phone calls, all without reaching for anything seems to be on it’s way. This is very good news because one of the greatest dangers right now with drivers is talking on their phones and/or texting while driving.
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome with using a technology like voice recognition is the awkwardness of speaking to a computer. Initially, yes; the act of speaking to someone that’s not there’s odd, but this will be quickly overcome when you begin seeing the information on the screen and you aren’t typing.
Do you use voice recognition? What’s your favorite use of it?
Larry Henry Jr.
…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12
“Voice has become a natural way for people to engage with their devices and cars. New voice technologies not only understand what you say, but comprehend what you mean through language processing that understands intent to provide direct access to content and deliver specific outcomes.
When Google built the latest version of its Android mobile operating system, the web giant made some big changes to the way the OS interprets your voice commands. It installed a voice recognition system based on what’s called a neural network — a computerized learning system that behaves much like the human brain.
Launched yesterday, Chrome version 25 includes support for voice recognition. This means developers can integrate the feature into their Web apps.