Microsoft Speech Server 2004 - Microsoft's entry into the business integration benefits of speech technology. Integrates Intel, Dialogic and Windows components to produce a credible way of servicing web, mobile and phone sales channels. Developer tool kit for grammar and dialog development included. Available now.
Telex and Andrea - Both companies are offering sophisticated microphones that eliminate the need to wear a headset while dictating. The microphones sit on your desk instead. We are getting some decreased accuracy - approximately 1%, but the convenience of not needing a headset makes up for that. Available now.
Dragon Systems, IBM - for executives
who do creative work outside the office. Enables you to talk into
a small recording unit while on the road and then have the words
turned into text at a later time by your desktop computer. Tester
Feedback: "A little rough around the edges, but when you
need it, you really benefit." Available now. Reviews here.
ScanSoft RealSpeak - For developing
voice response telephone applications on Windows and Linux platforms.
This is a special purpose server which generates exceptionally
realistic computer speech. It's so good that it's unfair to really
put it in the category of "computer speech." If you
aren't familiar with how tinny and stilted current computer voices
sound when reading a date like "1/21/01", click this little speaker
To hear a high fidelity sample of RealSpeak generated speech for
that same phrase, click this speaker
(caution - 100+ kb .wav files, 30+ seconds each download time).
Tester Feedback: "Wow!"