A Brief History of Speech Recognition's Glorious Retrofuture

In the two decades following World War II, it seemed there was no limit to technological growth. Sure, a computer was still the size of an entire room, and no one had telephones in their pockets. But techno-utopian ideas like flying cars and jetpacks and meal pills were all being taken very seriously as the inevitable… »7/16/13 11:11am7/16/13 11:11am

Hands-Free GPS Device for the Blind Could Make You a Superhero

The Navigation aid for the Blind headset »10/08/08 11:07pm10/08/08 11:07pm is a GPS device, which not only works through speech recognition, but also uses obstacle detection technology that alerts the blind of any sleeping bums or other obstructions he could trip over as he is being guided to his destination. In 2003, we reported on a that led the…

AT&T Bringing (a Tiny, Frustrating Bit Of) Speech Recognition to the iPhone, Others

AT&T's Speech Mashups is a web-based service that will bring voice-activated search to the iPhone, as well as other Edge and 3G handsets. Instead of managing speech recognition on the actual handset, Speech Mashups sends the audio sample to the server, processes it and sends back a text transcription or command to… »7/23/08 4:10pm7/23/08 4:10pm

Direct Voxx Muso is Natural-Speech Voice Recognition Dongle for iPod nano

There are plenty of iPod cradles that let you remote control the device, some built-in to cars, but Direct Voxx has come up with the Muso that lets you do it by voice. It's an interesting bit of kit that doesn't require training to understand you, and lets you demand particular tracks, scan through playlists, pause… »7/16/08 4:48am7/16/08 4:48am Phone Service Listens to Your Calls, Makes You Watch Ads

It sounds like a double-whammy of a bad idea: a free phone service that determines which ads to target to you by applying speech-recognition to all your conversations. To make things worse, the home page of insults potential customers by saying it's "a breakthrough technology that makes your phone calls… »9/24/07 10:29am9/24/07 10:29am

Vonage Visual Voice Mail Hands On (Verdict: Mixed Success)

VoIP telephone service provider Vonage just began offering Visual Voice Mail, a text transcription service that turns all of your voicemail messages into text that's immediately emailed to you. Using a combination of speech-to-text software and human transcribers, Vonage is charging 25 cents per transcription, which… »7/26/07 12:44pm7/26/07 12:44pm