Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and Speech Recognition

Here at Microsoft we’ve been busy over the last year adding cool new speech features to a bunch of Microsoft platforms and applications. You’ve undoubtedly heard about at least one of these recently (unless of course you live under a rock :-])… One such example is the work we’ve done in Windows Phone 7.5 (aka…

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Want to see what you can do with Speech across 3 screens and a cloud?

Happy 2010!   I talked about what we’ve all been up to in 2009 in the Speech group on the Speech Team blog the other day… Focusing across the 3 screens and a cloud…   I also thought it’d be interesting to see the demo/video I put together on Channel 10 that demos some of…

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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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JetBlue chooses Microsoft speech recognition technology over Nuance

Here’s an interesting article on JetBlue’s choice of using Microsoft’s speech technology over that of Nuance. I especially like this tag line: "Redmond shakes up the voice-recognition space by offering more reliable software for less" The author of the article also has the following to say about Windows Speech Recognition that’s baked into every copy…

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Interesting article about Nuance on CNET: Wonder why everything isn’t speech controlled?

In my morning look at news, I saw this article about why everything isn’t already speech enabled. Steve Tobak’s basic premise here is that it’s because Nuance doesn’t really want everything to be speech enabled. He posits the idea that perhaps they only want things that are high profit margin to be speech enabled. Hmmm……

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Disney’s "Innovention Dream Home": A look inside

I love Disneyland, and I love technology, so it’s a no-brainer for me to absolutely love Disney’s new "Innovention Dream Home". Basically, it’s a home of the future, as envisioned by Microsoft, HP, Life/ware, and Disneyland situated right inside the Disneyland park in Southern CA in Tomorrowland. I saw a video about the 5,000 square…

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Microsoft Speech Powered Azentek Wins International Telematics Award for Best Aftermarket Device

Did you know you could experience Microsoft’s Speech Recognition technology in cars? No, I’m not talking about Ford Sync. I’m talking about an after market system designed to run Windows Vista in an in-dash PC made by Azentek. And … They just won the International Telematics Award for Best Aftermarket Device. Cool! "Azentek, today announced…

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