Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Competitors in the speech to text area

Nuance just released a dictation tool (Dragon Dictation v1.0.1) for the iPhone.

Generic transcription of speech to text
Google Mobile App for the iPhone and Nuance are the only tools with favorable ratings (ie mostly 4s and 5s). You would expect Microsoft/Tellme to have an offering too, right? Strangely, as of Dec. 2009, they still don't have an app for the iPhone.
VoiceOnTheGo and Dial2Do ( are smaller players with similar offerings.

Keeping in touch with your friends and family (contacts ie)
Infinear focuses on proper nouns (your father's name, mother's name, children's, friends', restaurants...) are EVEN more important to an average user than generic words. If I can put you in direct contact with a person whose name you can say, then there is no need for transcription. We store the entire audio on our servers. Every client (including your phone) can play back these messages for offline access. Hooking all this up via Yahoo Mail or GMail opens up the largest set of collaborative users on this planet-267 million yahoo users and 100 million GMail users ie.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 An EC2 hosted speech driven solution is the official site of Sanjay Research's speech recognizer. It reads out websites, blogs and now Yahoo Mails too. You can listen to unread emails, rpely to specific ones and even compose emails addressing recipients by name. All handsfree and driven by your voice. Check out for more details.

In future blogs, we will discuss the technology powering and the process of hosting an Asterisk driven solution on Amazon EC2. Enjoy...