voice recognition

  • Voice-recognition technology finally utilized in remote controls

    Voice-recognition technology finally utilized in remote controls

    Outdated? OKI and a group of researchers of Waseda University in Tokyo have developed a device that is able to extract a person’s voice from a mix of background noise and other persons’ voices. The new voice-extraction technology is combined with a voice-recognition system that makes it possible to control appliances via spoken commands. The prototype (which there are no photos of… Read More

  • Video: Google speech-to-search iPhone app

    I wonder how well it actually works. We’ll find out sometime today. Read More

  • Moshi voice-controlled clock: good idea, could be better

    Moshi voice-controlled clock: good idea, could be better


    I know there have been things like this before, but this one actually looks like a really well-designed little device. The Moshi IVR alarm clock (caution, autoplaying music) is a good-looking little… you know, alarm clock, that has the benefit of voice controls that let you do everything from set the alarm to play a “sleep sound” — whatever that is. That’s a… Read More

  • AT&T uses software trickery to get voice recognition on the iPhone

    AT&T uses software trickery to get voice recognition on the iPhone


    AT&T has been working on a research project based on the WATSON speech recognition engine. The project, named Speech Mashups, is a web service that is only activated when the iPhone (or any other modern phone) connects to it. So that means that the actual voice recognition is happening on a remote server and not the phone itself; there is no need to install a plug-in or any other software… Read More

  • Hitachi's new humanoid robot distinguishes voices

    Hitachi's new humanoid robot distinguishes voices

    Hitachi showcased the latest version of EMIEW2, their two-wheeled robot, at the Hitachi uValue Convention 2008 [JP], the company’s annual private exhibition. EMIEW2′s biggest selling point is an array of 14 microphones integrated into its head. The robot is able to tell the difference between three human voices simultaneously. Hitachi developed a voice recognition technology that… Read More

  • Alarm clock responds to your hungover outbursts

    Alarm clock responds to your hungover outbursts

    Picture this; after a long night out full of white wine spritzers and Apple Pucker, the last thing you want to do is lift up your arm to hit the snooze button. It’d be much easier to yell “STOP!” while face-down in a puddle of your own drool, am I right? Luckily, this “voice interactive” alarm clock from Hammacher Schlemmer oughta do the trick. It responds to 10… Read More

  • Sprint offers free web-based phone call translation

    Sprint offers free web-based phone call translation

    Oh boy, I gotta see this. Sprint’s offering its new “WebCapTel” service to people who don’t have trouble speaking but might be a little hard of hearing. The basic idea is pretty simple. You sign up for the service and register your phone number at SprintCapTel.com and when someone calls you, you can log into the site and have what they’re saying automatically… Read More

  • TellMe: A Robot Does the Searching, You Do the Swearing

    TellMe: A Robot Does the Searching, You Do the Swearing

    Oliver at MobileCrunch and Mike at TC got to test out the latest version of TellMe, a voice-enabled search service that lets you tell a robot what you’re looking for. The robot then sends you a map, if necessary, and lets you call the locaation or SMS directions to friends. TellMe requires a tiny standalone app for the mapping and it seems to be free right now, so it’s a… Read More