Controlling your PC via PowerShell and Speech Recognition?

I just read a pretty cool post by Joel ‘Jaykul’ Bennett from HuddledMasses.org where he shows his readers how to use a PowerShell script he wrote to invoke other PowerShell scripts using Speech Recognition. Great idea, Joel. I like it! Check it out here.

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Microsoft sponsors the 2009-2010 AVIOS Speech Application Programming Contest

One of the cooler parts of my jobs is interacting with customers and partners. One such opportunity I have is being on the board of AVIOS, The Applied Voice Input and Output Society. As a member of AVIOS, I’ve also been involved behind the scenes in the annual Speech Programming Competition. This year Microsoft is…

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TellMe Rolls Out Better Speech Recognition And An Almost-Sexy New Voice Called Zira

Last night, as 12:01am, Tellme announced their Spring 09 upgrades to their underlying speech platform. You can read all about it here on Tellme.com. There have been a ton of news articles about it since the announcement, but I liked what Tech Crunch said about the new Zira voice. They said it’s “almost sexy”. I…

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Using Windows Speech Recognition to blog?

I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts lately about bloggers using Speech Recognition technology themselves to write their blog articles. Because some bloggers get paid per post that they create, and some others even get paid per character that they write, Speech Recognition is an obvious choice since it can allow users to "type"…

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Cannon camera + EOS Utility + ShutterVoice = Hands-free photography?

This morning I read a blog entry on Wired about a new application coming out from a guy named Scott Forman called ShutterVoice. It sounds pretty cool! Basically, ShutterVoice promises to bring hands-free photography to photographers that are using Cannon DLSRs along with a utility from Cannon called the EOS Utility. If you have all…

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Macro of the Day: Disable Cap [textInDocument]

A reader recently wrote to us here at Microsoft, and asked us if there was a way to disable the built in command for "Cap [textInDocument]". Sometimes, for some people, this command can be recognized a little too easily if you’re actually trying to insert text that already exists in the document. So … I…

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Macro of the Day: Microphone Control

I’ve got two microphones that I use most of the time. An Andrea SoundMAX SuperBeam 2 element array-microphone from Andrea Electronics An xTag wireless microphone from RevoLabs I really love both of them, and I use them interchangeably throughout the day. If I’m doing quick command and control stuff while I’m typing, I prefer to…

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WA State Deploys Microsoft Audio Indexing Solution

It’s official. Microsoft’s audio indexing solution (born out of Microsoft Research) is now online as a part of a Washington State pilot program aimed at making audio recordings from 1973 to present available to the public, with an easy to use search interface. You can read more about it here or you can just play…

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A user authored guide to macros: WSRMacros: The User Guide

Many of you know that we’ve been working on our Windows Speech Recognition Macros utility for a while now. We released the first technical preview in April, a refresh in August/September, and we’re continuing to refine the technology that will ultimately lead to a full release sometime soon. One of the difficulties users have faced…

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