Rob's Rhapsody

Rob Chambers talks about Speech Recognition, Life at Microsoft inside OSD, and other random thoughts...
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    The Inquirer says: Microsoft Vista to silence IBM ViaVoice, Nuance

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    Fernando Cassia wrote an article for the Inquirer today that basically says he thinks Windows Vista's Windows Speech Recognition will be the death of Nuance 's Dragon Naturally Speaking and IBM 's ViaVoice products. Fernando wrote: Who will buy products...
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    Seattle Times: Vista from an accessible view

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    This morning's Seattle Times had an article about the great work we've been doing in Windows Vista with respect to accessibility on the front page of the business section. Nice. Here's a quote from the article: Logan Olson, 21, says the speech-recognition...
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    Microsoft Anna - The new TTS voice in Vista

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    Since I posted yesterday, I've gotten some questions about the TTS engines that Microsoft includes in the OS itself. Well, here's the deal... Microsoft has shipped TTS engines in the OS before. In the Windows XP time frame, for example, we shipped three...
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    Loquendo TTS engines

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    I was meeting with a customer last week talking about all the great new enhancements to Windows Vista, including the new built in Windows Speech Recognition, and unexpectedly I found out another very nice TTS engine made by Loquendo . It's definitely...
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    Blogging with a voice recorder

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    I came across an interesting blog this weekend. I've seen it once before, but now that I've seen it twice , I just have to comment on it... :-) Blogging with a voice recorder appears to be a blog about using speech recognition and a digital audio recorder...
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    CNET video: StreetDeck in a Scion

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    Here's a video of a decked out Scion that has an integrated Windows XP computer running StreetDeck software from MP3Car.com . This is the same software I run on my XP machine in my car, with my very own custom speech interface for playing media from my...
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    ModelTalker

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    I was just chatting with Josh Kennedy, a Microsoft speech user, tonight on Skype, and he told me about a cool new SAPI 5 compliant TTS engine that's being developed. It's called ModelTalker . Apparently with ModelTalker lets users create their very own...
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    Vista Speech Recognition screencast: It works!

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    Long Zheng recently made a really nice screen capture and demonstrated some of the cool new features of Windows Speech Recognition. Check it out here .
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    Accessibility is not just for people with disabilities

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    Raymond Chen , wrote some good thoughts about accessibility and how it relates to people with disabilities and people without disabilities earlier today. I have to say I agree whole heartedly with Raymond when he says: Finally, check out this screencast...
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    Windows Live Writer

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    I've been using Windows Live Writer for a couple weeks, and now Microsoft has finally made it available to everyone!! If you haven't already, you should check it out !
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    SpeechTEK Windows Speech Recognition Demo -- Flawless

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    I just got off the stage here at SpeechTEK... Wow, that was cool! The demo went almost flawlessly. 8 minutes of 100% accuracy. Nice! The only "mistake" was when I said "Select Rob Chambers". The recognizer got it right but ... the user error on my...
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    SpeechTEK is only 1 week away!

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    SpeechTEK is a twice a year gathering for anyone, and everyone, in the speech industry to get together and discuss the state of the art in speech recognition systems and speech synthesis systems and the impact they're having on the world. This year...
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