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Linux Gazette: Linux-Based Voice Recognition

Feb 06, 2003, 11:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Janine M Lodato)

"Let's look at Linux-based voice recognition software from the perspective of China. It would behoove Linux computer makers anyway to begin manufacturing their computers in China, because China offers a low-cost method of manufacturing and provides them with a large market for their hardware which can also be exported to other important markets around the world.

"Linux computers have the capacity to accommodate voice recognition systems, such as IBM ViaVoice. This is especially advantageous to Chinese speakers because both Mandarin and Cantonese are very complex in the written form, so documents could be more easily produced through voice recognition software running on a Linux platform. Using a keyboard is next to impossible for Chinese languages because so many characters are involved in typing a document.

"Other languages will also benefit from using voice recognition software for purposes of speed. Hands-busy, eyes-busy professionals can benefit greatly from voice recognition so they don't have to use a mouse and keyboard to document their findings. Voice-activated, easily-used telephone systems will benefit all walks of life. Anyone driving a car will find voice recognition a much more effective way of manipulating a vehicle and communicating from the vehicle..."

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