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    Phoronix: Chrome 25 Beta Supports The Web Speech API

    Google released their first beta of the forthcoming Chrome 25 web-browser today. The prominent addition to this web-browser update is supporting the Web Speech API, a JavaScript API for web developers to tap speech recognition and speech synthesis capabilities into the web-browser, including text-to-speech output...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI3NDU

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    All these speech/voice features must come from their work on Android and on smartphones and tablets.

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    • #3
      looks like speech recognition is the hype do jour, like cloud computing.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mark45 View Post
        looks like speech recognition is the hype do jour, like cloud computing.
        With the exception that everybody knows what speech recognition is and that it's actually helpful especially for people that have difficulties with other types of interaction. So I would say it's a good thing if this gets hyped.

        To make things perfect, we should probably put speech recognition in "the cloud"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mark45 View Post
          looks like speech recognition is the hype do jour, like cloud computing.
          Well, lately it has gotten popular again with Google Now and Siri.
          But we've had speech recognition earlier in the 70s, 80s, and 90s too.
          But it really never caught on.

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          • #6
            But we've had speech recognition earlier in the 70s, 80s, and 90s too.
            But it really never caught on.
            Mostly because before it was really, truly horrible at recognizing the correct word.

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            • #7
              looks like speech recognition is the hype do jour

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              • #8
                Nothing really new, it is so old (concept, not this API specification) that Opera already dropped support for that. :-D
                AFAIR they used plugin supplied by IBM and available only on Windows, I remember trying it back in 7.x or 8.x.

                Ideally all apps would implement AT-SPI (or there is something better available?) and would use single, platform wide tool, all speaking using one voice, with the same quality etc...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ua=42 View Post
                  Mostly because before it was really, truly horrible at recognizing the correct word.
                  Maybe also because there is new devices.
                  Perhaps voice recognition is more important on portable devices such as smartphones and tablets than it is for personal computers.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ua=42 View Post
                    Mostly because before it was really, truly horrible at recognizing the correct word.
                    There was pretty good voice recognition in the 1990s & early 2000s, but it often needed more processing power & memory than was available in a regular PC back then. During the last 10 year it has matured, and is becoming more mainstream.

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