Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Nuance, Tegic and the woes and comeback of mobile speech

So the big news this week is Nuance's acquisition of the month: Tegic. Tegic supplies T9 predictive text input to several mobile phone manufacturers. The acquisition represents Nuance's recent focus on acquiring mobile technology market companies. It serves Nuance with a strategic customer base, including obvious candidates for Nuance's speech technologies. Aside from the strategic benefits, the technical result of mixing predictive text input with speech is interesting and something to be followed.
Coincidentally, the woes and comeback of using speech for I/O on mobile devices are described in these articles this week.
Lastly here is an interesting interview with Lin Chase, director of Accenture R&D in Bangalore, India, who held several prominent positions in the speech tech industry in the past. Topics include speech, women in the industry and why Americans should travel.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Healthcare, Security and the Army...

...these are the three overarching themes of the speech technology news that I came across this week. There are some obvious and less obvious points of contact here:

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Speech Meets Sales, Video Gaming and the Economist reports...

Many of those working in speech recognition, especially deploying customer-service telephone application, have grown tired the limited scope that most projects entail. I recently wrote about speech enabled knowledge bases as a novel type of speech app. In what may be another - at least I haven't heard this before - MTI and FasTrak Retail combine efforts to launch a 'virtual sales associates' platform. And of course there are the recurring dreams of voice enabled video gaming.

Speech synthesis is naturally more diverse than its recognition sibling (perhaps not everything 'I' in I/O can be channelled through voice, but pretty much everything 'O' can be synthesized.) In todays news, TTS is employed in emergency response systems to broadcast text messages as audio.

Lastly, speech got some rep in the Economist June 7th issue.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Germany-based and search-engines-driven language technology

There has been lot's of German-based language technology news over the past couple of weeks:

Also some attention on language-technology-related search engine news: