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Speech recognition may benefit people with hearing loss

Speech recognition may benefit people with hearing loss

One of the really exciting current technologies is speech recognition. Many organizations are working on this technology, and there is significant progress being made. We don’t yet have anything like universal speech recognition, but the current systems do an amazingly good job when trained to an individual speaker.

For information on specific speech recognition products, please visit the Speech Recognition portion of our Resource Directory. If you’re looking for general speech recognition information, read on!

November 2010 – WGBH Works with Nuance Communications, Inc. on Effort to Improve the Quality of Live News Captioning

October 2010 – What About Speech Recognition Technology?

August 2008 – Is Speech Recognition FINALLY Ready for Prime Time?

October 2007 – Docsoft: Video On Demand Portal Incorporates Speech Recognition

April 2007 – ViaScribe Lecture Delivery System Includes Automatic Captioning

March 2007 – Speech Recognition Empowers Cell Phones

February 2007 – New software writes closed-captioning for videos

February 2007 – Speech recognition software sends voice messages as email

July 2006 – Here’s a report on what’s happening at the leading edge of voice recognition technology.

May 2006 – Soundless voice recognition

March 2006 – Speech recognition offered for handhelds

January 2006 – IBM Strives for Superhuman Speech Tech

May 2003 – Speech Recognition technology may be improving even faster than we thought. A company called SpeechWorks has commercial programs in use today that are doing amazing things.Here’s the report!

April 2003 – Many of our technology advances come from the military. Do they have a better voice recognition system? Read about how they’re using voice recognition in Iraq.

November 2001 – This is really exciting news! The Wisconsin Relay Service is testing voice recognition for the relay. I think voice recognition has huge potential for these types of applications, so I’m anxious to hear how this works.

Automatic Speech Recognition was a topic at ALDACon99. The good folks at the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons did an awesome job of recording the information, and were kind enough to allow us to publish this article.

USC is conducting speech recognition research for the Navy, and has recently developed a neural net based system that outperforms human listeners in some situations.

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What About Speech Recognition Technology?

October 2010

The cost of implementing systems such as CART, CPrint, Typewell and automatic speech recognition can be significant, as they require one transcriber to one lecturer to work. Yet speech-recognition products, like Dragon NaturallySpeaking, turn spoken words into text via a computer without being personally attended. Couldn’t this be a much more cost-effective solution for the classroom? Many students with learning disabilities fi nd it much easier to speak their words in preparing a research paper than to write them. And professors use Naturally- Speaking as a time-saving tool to provide feedback to students on papers and exams. While NaturallySpeaking is already well utilized in education, it is neither designed nor advertised as a solution for real-time transcription and captioning for academic lectures. Full Story


Is Speech Recognition FINALLY Ready for Prime Time?

August 2008

One vision we had dating back to 1980 when we started speech recognition was to apply to this to the deaf. The idea is that a deaf person would have a little display, which could be built into their eyeglasses where they would basically get subtitles on the world.  On the one hand it’s a demanding technology because it has to be speaker-independent, have a large or unrestricted vocabulary, and support continuous speech. On the other hand, it doesn’t require perfect accuracy. . . . I think we’re pretty close to being able to do that at least in good acoustic environments, maybe not at a cocktail party, but if the person is being picked up, with pretty good accuracy.   Full Story



Speech Recognition Empowers Cell Phones

March 2007

The most impressive product is a voice-recognition system from Nuance Communications Inc. that lets users control their phones without lifting a thumb. The Nuance system goes far beyond the “Call Bob” sort of voice control that many high-end cellphones have offered for years. Without requiring any training to acclimate it to your voice, Nuance allows users to dictate entire e-mails or to surf Web sites or ask their phones for directions. A user might say, “E-mail to Bob Jones. Subject: Tomorrow’s Meeting. Text: Sorry to do this, Bob, but an emergency is forcing me to cancel.” The user’s voice will be sent to Nuance computers, which will create an e-mail and send it back for approval in about 10 seconds. A simple “send” ships the e-mail on its way.   Full Story


Speech recognition software sends voice messages as email

February 2007

There are a couple of services that provide voice mailboxes for when you can’t answer your phone, and also convert the voice message to text and send it to you as an email. It sounds like a wonderful service for people with hearing loss. And the most amazing part is that they claim to do it with totally automated voice recognition software, and that it’s very accurate, even with cell phones, despite their notorious poor sound quality.  Here’s the story



Soundless voice recognition


May 2006


In space, no one can hear you scream. Use a cell phone on a crowded commuter train and everyone can. Charles Jorgensen is working to solve both problems, using an uncanny technology called subvocal speech recognition. Jorgensen demonstrates it at his offices at NASA’s Ames Research Laboratory in Mountain View, Calif. He attaches a set of electrodes to the skin of his throat and, without his opening his mouth or uttering a sound, his words are recognized and begin appearing on a computer screen. Jorgensen sees abundant applications for his technology where audible speech is impossible. Full Story


Speech recognition offered for handhelds


March 2006


For now, something like “Call Mom” is the most advanced voice command that most cell phones can handle. A maker of speech-recognition software for personal computers hopes to change that. Nuance Communications Inc. is trying to line up wireless carriers for a new service allowing hands-free, speech-to-text messages or e-mails of nearly unlimited length, as well as voice-command Web browsing and music downloads.  Full Story


IBM Strives for Superhuman Speech Tech

January 2006   NEW YORK — IBM unveiled new speech recognition technology on Tuesday that can comprehend the nuances of spoken English, translate it on the fly, and even create on-the-fly subtitles for foreign-language television programs. Historically, speech technology required the user to limit his speech to a fixed set of phrases in order to interact with a device. With IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice 4.4 software package, introduced on Tuesday, the company hopes to allow users to speak commands using phrasing that is natural to them.  Full Story