Project Gotham 4 (PGR4) set to release October 2nd, 2007!

It’s not all about Speech Recognition here at Rob’s Rhapsody. Back in 2005, I stood in line for over 9 hours to get my hands on an XBOX360 the day they came out. The primary reason: Project Gotham Racing 3. Now here we are 2 years later and PGR4 is set to come out on…

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A new Microsoft Speech Blog

The Speech Components Group (the team I work on) just created a new team blog for all things Speech @ Microsoft. This is the spot that people in my team that don’t have their own blog will answer questions we get from the community, and where we’ll let you all know about the neat new…

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What’s Rob been up to lately?

I just realized that I’ve really started to slack off on posting on my blog lately and I haven’t acknowledged that here yet. Nor have I said anything about why that is … I thought I’d do a quick post this morning and let you know what’s going on… But before I do that, I have…

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Windows Speech Recognition – ExactMatchOverPartialMatch

A user wrote in over the weekend with a question about how to automatically choose an item when prompted with our clarification user interface in Windows Speech Recognition (WSR). But … Before I answer that question, I have to give a little background. What is our clarification user interface? When the recognizer hears the user…

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Introducing a new speech recognition blogger

If you’ve used Windows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista you’ve undoubtedly used Eric Brown’s work. He’s a software developer that’s worked on speech tirelessly for several years. He’s mostly focused on the dilatation system we have in Windows Speech Recognition, but he’s also done several other cool things as well like our “How do I…


My first Patent

I’ve been reading in the news the last couple of days about what the media is calling a “historic” Supreme Court decision where the Supreme Court sided with Microsoft in a case between Microsoft and AT&T relating to a Speech Synthesis patent. I don’t actually know anything about that case that I haven’t found out by…

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"Speech recognition holds promise", says IDC analyst

In a recent betanews article Scott Fulton interviewed IDC Analyst David Daoud about the PC industry. The title of the article is attention grabbing: Has the PC Become Antiquated. David, from IDC, thinks it has, but he does say that speech recognition holds promise for the future. I should stop blogging now, and get back…


SpeechSaver — kinda like a screen saver, but for speech recognition’s listening state

I was talking to a customer recently, Greg Duncan, and one of the things that he came up was an idea for a utility to automatically turn the speech recognition engine’s state off after a certain amount of idle “speech” time. A couple emails later, this morning, Greg had already posted the full source code…


SpeechTEK 2007 in NY

SpeechTEK is always an interesting convention for those that are interested in speech technologies. I often go to see what the industry at large is up to, and to see if I can meet some customers. This year, in addition to just attending, I’ll also be teaching  a session at SpeechTEK University, which is held…