“Beam me up” is not yet recognized

How soon before this becomes standard equipment at Star Trek conventions?

Vocera Communications Unveils Wearable, Instant Voice Communications Application "Enterprise environments are looking for applications that leverage their investment in wireless communication technologies and increase employee efficiency," ...

Some of the basic calling features include:

  • Call by name, "Call Bob Thomas."
  • Call by function, "Call a cardiologist."
  • Call by specific location, "Locate a clerk in gardening." ...

The Vocera Communications System

Vocera Communications Badge is a wearable device that weighs less than two ounces and can easily be clipped to a shirt pocket or worn on a lanyard. ...

The Vocera Communications Badge is controlled using natural spoken language. To initiate a conversation with Jim and Mary, for example, the user would simply say, "Conference Jim Anderson and Mary Guscia."

Comments (2)
  1. I’m amazed that they can get speech recognition running on such a small form factor device! I’ve been using Microsoft Voice Command on my xda for a couple of months and it is pretty good… frustrating when it strangely refuses to work sometimes… but mostly works well. But I’m a geek and I’m prepared to put up with less than 100% accuracy, at least for a while. I don’t know if the psychgraphic profile of people working in the industries mentioned in this article, that is healthcare, retail and manufacturing, are willing to put up with less-than-perfect recognition. I wonder how good it is on the Vocera?

  2. dannyman says:

    If it is a wireless communications device, it can transmit the speech to a big computer in a closet somewhere, that can do the speech recognition, and send the results over to whatever agent is acting on it. I haven’t looked at the current offering, but you can employ the traditioonal telephone network to understand how to "get speech reco on a tiny device" … the tiny device, like a traditional telephone, is just a simple hookup to the resources of the greater network. All the magic actually happens in a plain brick building downtown.


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