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A couple weeks ago Microsoft acquired speech recognition player TellMe. Now Google offers a speech recognition local search application for the phone.

With this application, Google is blending the PC with the mobile phone, and will be creating another revenue stream for keywords.

Can you see the opportunity for “mobile search” and “mobile find” with this application?

Google Voice Local Search is Google’s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone.

To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.

Using this service, you can:

* search for a local business by name or category.
You can say “Giovanni’s Pizzeria” or just “pizza”.

* get connected to the business, free of charge.

* get the details by SMS if you’re using a mobile phone.
Just say “text message”.

And it’s free. Google doesn’t charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider.

Thank to: The Pondering Primate

Slowly we see services getting mature in the area of speech recognition and TTS(Text To Speech). Will these “translators” become the bridge between the virtual world of the web and our physical world. Will the “translator” create an AI. Will the “translator” know you?.. Know your preferences, location, profile, history and social context?

Well Microsoft Vista is not ready yet.. 😉

The boundaries between humans and machines start to fade(long introduction)

Nope nothing about iPhone..but Hillcrest’s fun new gadget and a Voice Activated Information System

Couple of days ago I blogged about Nuance’s new voice recognition software.. Well here is the YouTube commercial.. Enjoy! Very impressive!!!

Ben Cook’s fingers flurried so fast you couldn’t see what he was doing until he had done it. But when the cell-phone screens cleared, the world’s fastest text messenger was handed his first head-to-head defeat Tuesday: a voice-recognition computer had bested his record time on a complicated 27-word message.

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A “Tower of Babel” device that gives the illusion of being bilingual is being developed by US scientists. Users simply have to silently mouth a word in their own language for it to be translated and read out in another. The researchers said the effect was like watching a television programme that had been dubbed.

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