I have been watching the comments roll in about the Vista Speech Recognition podcast. I would like to spend a couple minutes today answerig some of these.
1. Speech Recognition seems slow to respond in the podcast. What can i do to speed it up on my machine?
The performance of the tool on the podcast is significantly impaired because i was recording the podcast with Camtasia on my laptop. This uses a fair amount of resources and thus impacts the speed of speech recognition. I can tell you from experience that speech recognition is very quick in its responsiveness. I am running build 5270 on an hp nc8000 with a pentium m 2ghz processor with 2 gb of ram. The hard drive is a hitachi 60 gb 7200rpm drive. I am using an external micropone for increased quality. With those specs this tool is a fantastic resource.
2. Microsoft has finally created a tool that apple, dragon, and IBM have had for years.
I smiled when you commented on this. I know speech recognition is not new. It has been around for years. What I love about this tool is that it introduces new improvements that i think will take the technology to the next level. For example the say what you see technology has tremendous potential and just frankly has never been done before.
3. I just dont see when i would use it!
One of my favorite comments came in response to this. Just because it isn't something you would use doesn't eliminate it's value to someone else. I know this tool will not replace the mouse no matter how good it is. People will still type because they like it. The point to this tool is that there are options for those who might not like the current options available for them. It makes the product more accessible.
I love the comments! Keep them coming!
I have used Dragon NaturallySpeaking for about four years. It took about a year to become really proficient at speech recognition. After that I run my computer almost solely (90%) by speech. I loved the demonstration of MS Speech in Vista. I too agree this raises speech recognition to a whole new level. I love the natural commands that you can give to guide the computer. I'm assuming you also select menus by simply saying their names. This really raises the bar for anyone else who produces speech recognition software. They better really have something better or the name of the game is all Microsoft!
I can see it now. A virus that arrives in the form of a wav audio file that calls the speech interface and nukes your drive... Is that possible Chris?
Hey, can you get Harold to port this to WM5? Or will it be included in Vista Mobile?