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LinuxPR: Trolltech, IBM, and KDE To Demonstrate Voice-Control on Desktop Linux Apps at LinuxWorld

Jan 31, 2001, 15:07 (12 Talkback[s])

"Trolltech, IBM (NYSE:IBM - news), and KDE are teaming up at LinuxWorld to demonstrate IBM's ViaVoice speech-recognition technology running on Trolltech's Qt, a cross-platform C++ GUI framework in the K Desktop Environment."

"Matthias Ettrich, a senior software engineer at Trolltech and the founder of KDE, elaborates: "When ViaVoice is integrated with Qt, it will be possible to control Qt-based Linux desktop applications with speech input that is as simple as -- if not more simple than -- keyboard input. Developers can build speech-capability into the structure of their application from the beginning."

"In other words, the two technologies running together eliminate several of the obstacles that have hampered widespread adoption of speech-recognition on the desktop, including: inefficient resource-use; sub-optimum performance; and the difficulty of "bolting on" this functionality after a typical application has already been written."

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