Royal Philips Improves the Digital Memo
Royal Philips Electronics is aiming to make dictation easier with new voice recognition capabilities in its Digital Pocket Memo 9450 handheld recorder.
The devices voice-command feature can recognize strings of numbers or letters and up to 20 keywords spoken by a user and display that data as text.
Such a device could go a long way toward reducing rekeying errors during transcription, said company officials.
Pocket Memo users must first train the device to recognize their unique pronunciation and inflection, a process that officials said takes 10 to 15 minutes. Philips, which is initially targeting the device at the health care market, will unveil it Oct. 11 for $550.
A snap-on bar-code reader for the device is available for an additional $430.
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