IBM Strives for Superhuman Speech Tech
IBM's new speech recognition technology can comprehend spoken English, translate on the fly, and even create subtitles for foreign-language TV programs. (PCMag.com)NEW YORK IBM unveiled new speech recognition technology on Tuesday that can comprehend the nuances of spoken English, translate it on the fly, and even create on-the-fly subtitles for foreign-language television programs. Historically, speech technology required the user to limit his speech to a fixed set of phrases in order to interact with a device. With IBMs Embedded ViaVoice 4.4 software package, introduced on Tuesday, the company aims to allow users to speak commands using phrasing that is natural to them. In a demonstration today at IBMs headquarters here, for example, users changed a simulated radio station by speaking any of the following phrases: "Play 92.3," "Tune to 92.3" or "Tune the radio to 92.3."
Though speech recognition is already built into products like Microsofts OfficeXP, many users still prefer to use their keyboards.