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Linux Journal: ViaVoice and XVoice: Providing Voice Recognition

Oct 18, 2002, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Spearman)

"Conversing with a computer has long been a staple of science fiction. Such conversations are still largely in the realm of fiction, but voice recognition technology has improved significantly over the last decade. A number of voice recognition and control products are available on various platforms. Many people don't realize, however, that it is possible to control the Linux desktop by voice, and it has been possible for some time.

"Voice control can provide computer access for those with overuse syndromes or other arm injuries--users who in the past had to switch platforms to find voice support. Aside from the geek factor, ordinary users can benefit from reduced arm stress and improved ease-of-use and speed for some tasks. Although the future of the software discussed in this article is somewhat in question--and does not give a completely hands-free environment--it does work. All that is required is a modest investment of time and money.

"Voice control on Linux is possible by using two software packages. IBM ViaVoice for Linux supplies the basic voice recognition engine. XVoice, available under the GPL, uses the ViaVoice libraries to provide control of the desktop and applications..."

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