Rob's Rhapsody

Rob Chambers talks about Speech Recognition, Life at Microsoft inside OSD, and other random thoughts...
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    CBS News: Voice Recognition Put To Test

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    Larry Magid did an article on speech recognition last weekend on CBS News. In the article he talked about his experience with both Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) version 9, as well as Windows Speech Recognition (WSR) included in the upcoming Windows...
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    Windows Vista: Eye Candy or Functionality

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    In an interesting blog posting on Windows Vista discussing the answer to the question, is Windows Vista just eye candy, or is a world class OS that everyone wants and needs, the author has this to say about Speech: ... it’s very easy to learn, and...
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    Geekzone 2006

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    A blogger (Tim Haines) from New Zealand recently wrote about a demo he saw of Windows Speech Recognition given by Microsoft's very own Nathan Mercer at Geekzone 2006 . Here's what he had to say about Nathan's demo: The way you can drive Vista by voice...
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    Larry Magid: Vista's voice feature not bad

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    Larry Magid wrote an article that I just read on Mercury News on Vista's new Windows Speech Recognition. Apparently, Larry recently broke his elbow and he's become one of the many who have a "temporary" disability. His elbow will get better (hopefully...
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    Command and Control versus Dictation

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    Some folks over at Pronexus recently asked the question: Will people use speech in Vista ? [I think so ... but I'm probably a bit biased... ;-)] They go onto ask for which things will people use Windows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista. For example...
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    Using Vista: Controlling your computer using voice only

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    One of the things I do every day is read what users are saying about Windows Speech Recognition in blogs, on the net, and in USENET groups. I love doing this because I can often help users who are having problems, and/or I get candid feedback about what...
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    Interview with Oliver Scholz

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    A few days ago, Long Zheng posted an interview with our very own, Oliver Scholz, Program Manager for Windows Speech Recognition. The interview provides an interesting insight into one of the many people working on Windows Speech Recognition here at Microsoft...
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    Running Windows Speech Recognition on a MacBook Pro

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    After posting yesterday about a user comparing Apple's speech recognition with Windows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista pre-RC1 , I found it rather interesting to read this morning about a user actually running Windows Speech Recognition on his MacBook...
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    OS X Tiger's SR vs. Windows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista

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    This weekend I read a short blurb on a customer blog that talked about Vista's Windows Speech Recognition compared with that of Apple's OS X Tiger release. Here's what the customer had to say: I installed RC1 of Windows Vista for my wife about 2 days...
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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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    Larry Osterman -- Wait! That was my bug?

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    Larry, a long time Microsoft blogger, and key member of the audio team, speaks out about the root cause of the audio bug that impacted last week's Windows Vista Speech Recognition demo at the Financial Analysts Meeting... You can read about it here .
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    FAM: Vista SR Demo failure -- And now you know the rest of the story ...

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    As I posted yesterday, I got a chance to check out the machine that Shanen used for the Financial Analysts Meeting demo. I confirmed that it was just what I suspected: An audio gain issue. If you watch the video clip on MSN Video you can see in the...
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    Windows Speech Recognition demo in Microsoft's Financial Analysts Meeting

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    Yesterday I had the day off. I went to the Woodland park Zoo with my son, Nicholas, with his summer camp. It was a blast. There was a bit of downtime around lunchtime, so I thought I'd check out the news. I was shocked when I read this headline on my...
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    DigiTools - The importance of Speech Recognition in Education

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    Karl Barksdale is an advocate for bettering our educational system in many ways here in the US. One such way is to improve Business Education in high schools. He just posted an interesting entry in his blog this week that talks about what the implications...
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