We have found, and have been using a remarkable advance in true remote "Call your own PC" speech recognition found at Adondo's PAL
website. This rather innovative and solidly performing application not only promises to revolutionize remote speech recognition, but the new "Personal Audio Link" allows you to you call your own PC or workstation (yes, it safely works through most corporate firewalls) and manage e-mail, including creating and sending them, entirely by speech alone and/or uses voice commands to get real-time traffic, weather, and stock quotes. It also reads you your favorite news sites, jumps back and forth between topics by speech alone, or reads you blogs and plays podcasts & audio from websites like your local radio stations.
Sitting in front of your laptop or PC and using PAl to familiarize yourself with what it'll do (and it's functionality takes some getting used to; it does a lot more than just what meets the eye at first) is quite the experience. As you say voice commands, the application whisks you from window to window, each containing the website (where applicable) you're accessing... cool.
It's use of the local Windows Media Player ensures you'll handle every type if popular music/audio format, quickly and cleanly with superb audio clarity. What's to us, always a pleasant surprise is hear some of the clever quips it speaks at opportune times, the program is extremely innovative and you get a real sense of "sensible" Artificial Intelligence as you use it more and more.
Our Techie hats are off to the authors for this highly advanced mode of useful, hands free speech recognition that one quickly feels "naked" without . I for one quickly became used to driving down the road chatting with PAL getting real-time stock quotes and listening to podcasts without *touching anything. No more "thumb driving" to manage e-mails.
The author of this particular post was stuck in a grocery store checkout line, and our Personal Audio Link beta called him and reminded him of an appointment. When he realized he had forgotten to bring this little-used contact's phone number, he then voice-dialed his PAL, asked it for the contact's work number, and never
took his hands off what he was doing. Try that little trick with a Blackberry or a PDA
This application promises to be most certainly the next "crackberry" in the wireless speech recognition world. We could go on and on about how cool it is, but go to the website, try it and post a comment..!!
Labels: information access, remote speech recognition