Emerging Technology Report - Voice Technology 

Explanation and Profile of the Technology and Major Players/Users (Links)



Voice recognition product reviews help to provide a profile of the technology and give a view into the major players in the industry. The software for the industry breaks down into the following components:




For full product reviews of desktop speech recognition products, you can visit http://www.voicewizard.com/product_reviews.html. They consider accuracy of recognition of the software as a factor in their review, but take a much more stringent view of usability and expandability. Their current reviews include: Dragon Systems Naturally Speaking 4.0, IBM ViaVoice Millennium Pro., Lernout & Hauspie VoiceXpress 4.0, and Philips FreeSpeech 2000.

A comparison of dictation and editing commands can be found at http://www.out-loud.com/features.html. They focus their comparison on four leading price-competitive software packages available to retail customers. NaturallySpeaking Preferred V4, Voice Xpress Professional V5 and FreeSpeech 2000 are all in the $150 to $200 range while NaturallySpeaking Professional comes in at $695.

There are a couple of other players to watch. The first is Sunny Beach Technology, Inc. This company is a maker of personal receptionist, interactive voice telephony software for voice modems or telephony cards. The software uses touch tone and speech recognition and text-to-speech generation to interact with callers. The other is ASTRON Advanced Technology Solutions (PL). This company is a vendor of biometrics security products, finger-chip scanners, hand geometry, iris, face and voice recognition.


VXML or VoiceXML is based on the World Wide Web Consortium's industry-standard Extensible Markup Language (XML). VXML is going to be the standard for voice applications development on the Internet. It is being created by combining several mark up languages that already exist which are based on the XML standard. The VXML specification provides a high-level programming interface to speech and telephony resources for application developers, service providers and equipment manufacturers. It helps to simplify the creation and delivery of Web-based, personalized interactive voice-response services. It further integrates phone and voice access to integrated call center databases, information and services on Web sites, and company Intranets. Another language is JSML (Java Speech Markup Language) by SUN Microsystems which allows the applications to annotate text with additional information that can improve the quality of synthesized speech. It can be used by a wide range of applications to speak text from equally varied sources, including email, database information, web pages, and word processor documents.


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