Speech Interface Has Made Progess - Needs to Be Expanded to Your Home
The personal computer and mobile devices of today have built in speech recognition software. This enables you to interact with technology. Think if this were expanded to be able to talk with a computer system as you move about your home.
The personal computer market leader for desktop speech
recognition software is Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It is designed to
run on Microsoft Windows, but has also been shown to run under Linux
using software emulation. This has been reviewed in Wikipedia:NaturallySpeaking. and listing of speech recognition software at Wikipedia:List of speech recognition software.
NaturallySpeaking has to be trained for approximately 10 minutes
to recognize the user's voice. Initially, accuracy rates of
80-85% are reasonable to be expected. An expert
NaturallySpeaking user can expect 98-99% recognition accuracy
according to Nuance Communications, but such claims of almost
perfect accuracy have never been substantiated independently.
Moreover, the program itself very carefully avoids reporting on
recognition rates. The 98-99% figures are unlikely to be true.
So a recognition rate of 90 % is to be expected in a reasonable
time. This is missing 1 word in 10 and would make a
speech interface tedious. This rate would degrade in noisy
So there is a ways to go but the technology is making rapid progress.