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Old 08-15-2008, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i am looking for a voice recongination program for my bb that i can talk into the phone or jawbone and it will write emails or text messages with having to type them. please let me know if this is possible, if so where to get it at..

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there is a speech to text application in beta development, a thread listed in our Aftermarket Software section.

That is always a good place to first look for any application information not native to the BlackBerry.
I'll move this post there.
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I also believe that the people at Nuance are working on one, or may have one. I'm not certain of this, however.

Edit: Looks like that might be a piece of software to read emails to you.

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See MyCaption.com - they just released My Caption (I'm using it) and it lets you create or reply to messages by recording your voice - available from inside the menu-key list of options.

Like all BB speech-to-text products (including Nuance), it's server-based, so there's some turnaround time. Some of the transcription is automated, some involves humans - don't tell any military secrets.

Overall, speech to text applications get categorized in these ways:
  • Speaker-dependent (has to be trained to your voice) or speaker-independent (works for everybody without training
  • Limited or unlimited vocabulary
  • Isolated word or connected speech
Beyond that are considerations like range of voices (old to young, gender, accents or dialects or regionalisms), latency (turnaround time from utterance to understanding), processing overhead, etc.

The voice dialer on the BB is speaker-independent limited-vocabulary and isolated-phrase in nature. MyCaption is speaker-independent, nearly unlimited vocabulary, connected speech in nature.

So your recording goes to a server, which scores itself on transcribing and may elect to involve a human in improving the transcription, then it gets sent back to your phone a couple minutes later as a message that's ready for you to approve or edit and send.

As a reporter, it's a great way for me to dictate a story into an e-mail to send to m desktop - talking is 3 times as fast as typing on a full keyboard and a lot faster compared to my thumbs on a Pearl.

It's not free, but at the moment, they are offering a very limited free trial.
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If I recall, something called Vlingo can also do some voice recognition.
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i am really looking for one that will do it for text messaging. its hard to write or type a sms text driving it would be nice to dictate it.. any ideas?
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see those apps mentioned in this post.
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