Robert Brown -- New Speech API beta revealed

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The new Speech API is included in the latest Avalon bits that were just released last week. Robert Brown, here in this video, talks about the latest in speech and gives us a demo, and on his blog gives us a bunch of the relevant details, including how you can download the latest bits and try this stuff for yourself.

If you've ever wanted to build an application that responds to your voice, this video covers the basics.

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      ZippyV
      What about other languages? Will Longhorn (or the Speech API) support European languages as well?
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      BenZila
      I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ipod Wink

      Possibly my favourite application that uses the current speech API has to be valve software's face poser technology for half life 2.
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      joelholdswo​rth
      Have you tried out the goblet yet Scoble?
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      Sven Groot
      Interesting stuff. I've used the COM SAPI in some of my managed apps, can't say it was *that* difficult to do, but a purely managed API would still be nice.

      I'm rather disappointed it still needs the old recognizers. When are we going to see some new recognizers, surely there's been advances there too?
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      dantheman82
      Any comparison with MS Speech Server 2004?  BTW, that product is quite cool...
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      Sk4rlath
      The switchboard demo reminded me. Have any of you Channers activated a product on the phone before? It's an automated system just like that. Being a real geek, I probably think it's way cooler than it actually is, but hey - I got a big kick out of it. Next time you activate, try it over the phone!
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      ZippyV
      Scoble, can you do a telephone interview with Steve Ballmer that way? Put the camcorder on your desk, press that button on your phone and say: "Dial Steve Ballmer". Tongue Out
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      TheTodd

      Did he say that you can flash your Audiovox SMT 5600 to the new Windows Mobile 5? Is this something that only Microsoft employees will be able to do, or will Cingular support the same thing?

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      wacko
      The SMT 5600 will not have a official flash for WM 5.0 this was said by cingular... yet all the demo's for WM 5.0 have been on the SMT 5600... WHY I ASK WHY !!!! I just want to be able to build bluetooth apps on WM 5.0 for my SMT 5600..... We need the rom !!!!
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      bsoft
      Wicked cool action on the Tablet there. I have the Toshiba M200 as well, and I must say that it rocks.
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      scobleizer
      Yeah, getting official hardware flashed is a real pain. It's one of the many benefits of working at Microsoft.
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      wacko
      I look at you with beaty eyes LOL.... It is a sad thing, but the new version of the SMT 5600 should be out this year and from what audiovox said should be running WM 5.0.... It does urk me a little, the Windows Mobile put out some great How-Tos last week and the smartphone example use the SMT 5600 and its like NOOOO, we can't test those Sad On the coderoom ep 2 they used a 5600 with WM 5.0... One day... On day
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      Gravy
      Didn't Robert (Brown) say the voice dialer was also available on PcPocket PC? If so, does that mean those of us the are using Windows Mobile 2003 SE should also be able to get it?
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      RobertBrown

      >> Does that mean those of us the are using Windows Mobile 2003 SE should also be able to get it?

      Yep, the VoiceCommand application works on WM 03.  Take a look at this page for details: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/downloads/voicecommand/default.mspx


      >> Any comparison with MS Speech Server 2004?

      When I dialed 0 and asked for Robert Scoble, it was running on Speech Server.

      >> I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ipod

      Yep.  You caught me.  A 40GB 4G.

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      Gravy
      RobertBrown wrote:

      >> Does that mean those of us the are using Windows Mobile 2003 SE should also be able to get it?

      Yep, the VoiceCommand application works on WM 03.  Take a look at this page for details: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/downloads/voicecommand/default.mspx





      Arrg. After downloading the trial from handango I install it on to my desktop pc and plug my phone in, ActiveSync says there is no supported device connected.

      When I asked if it was supported for Windows Mobile 2003 I meant for my Smart phone (Audiovox SMT 5600 (well, the uk equivelent anyway)).

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      NeoTOM
      RobertBrown wrote:

      >> I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ipod

      Yep.  You caught me.  A 40GB 4G.


      11:39 EMPLOYEE ERROR
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      matrix4123
      What was the TTS engine being used on that phone demo? Is there any way to get that working on our own apps? The built in TTS engine I have by default sounds really crappy and robotic...
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      mluschas
      Sk4rlath wrote:
      The switchboard demo reminded me. Have any of you Channers activated a product on the phone before? It's an automated system just like that. Being a real geek, I probably think it's way cooler than it actually is, but hey - I got a big kick out of it. Next time you activate, try it over the phone!


       Yes, WAY TOO MANY TIMES. I work with computers a lot, its a passion and a hobby; hopefully a job sometime soon. When i want to re-install windows I DONT WANT TO HAVE TO TALK TO A COMPUTER especially when it has to give me a tech support person that doesnt know what theyre talking about and ask the same questions and the same routine.
        "Hello, thank you for calling microsoft, how may i help you today"
         " Im trying to activate my copy of windows again"
         "Ok very well, we will start by you reading the first six digits from the product ID screen."
         "One moment while i generate a new key. Is this the first time you are activating your product."
         "No."
         " May I ask why you are reactivating today"
         *in a quite annoyed voice* "Because my windows install has reached its half live, and the WPA said call you"
         "Do you have this version of windows installed on any other computer"
          "Not this copy, not this key, but yes the other computer is using windows xp" *Really annoyed"
         "Ok, very well here is your new instalation Id,  six digits in a box, the cursor is self tabbing, and I will read the digits 3 digits at atime. Place your cursor in box A and tell me when you are ready"
         "Ive been ready since i called"
        *Reads the numbers* "Now press next, now press finish your product is now activated, thank you for calling Microsoft."

      Even if you call and tell them you have done this many times before, they still give u the same speech. WTH.
      For those who like a good laugh
      http://www.illwillpress.com/vault.html
      and first watch TechSupport and then watch TechSupport 2. You will laugh your a** off.

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