Wow, Speech Server is a great product! Unlike Vista Speech Recognition, you can add speech recognition to web sites, use phones to collect data. This came out of some personal research I have been doing.
After I spent an hour or so getting my Vista Speech Recognition trained, it worked great! On the other hand the reality is that I find the use of voice input annoying on Vista. I don’t work the way that the Vista Speech recognition functions, however, if I had disabilities the speech server might be the only way I could interface with a web site. With the new freedom that students have in using Microsoft products, through the MSDNAA program, I thought that I would discuss the Speech Server over the next few weeks, along with other servers.
To get started using Speech Server, you will need to do the following:
Well if you attend a school that has a subscription to MSDNAA (Microsoft Developer Network, Academic Alliance) then you have access to the full blown, no-time-out speech server 2004 R2! Now this is a slick product, and as a student you get a great chance to use it. You will need the following from your school’s MSDNAA subscription:
1. Windows 2008 server
2. Speech Server
3. SQL server
3. Virtual PC
For hardware you will need a USB drive or a second drive in your system, don’t use USB thumbdrives for the second drive, they will wear out quickly due to the high rate of read/writes (yes the memory in these drives wears out after a finite number of reads). You can use Vista or Windows XP (or I guess if you have a license you can use Windows 7)
Load the VPC onto your hard-drive, then build the Windows 2008 and then the Speech Server. After you get everything working, here are links that you might want to utilize for learning and experimentation:
· Speech Server, technical documents (a long list of topics on Tech Net)