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CNET: IBM Unveils Toolkit for Talking Computers

Jul 25, 2003, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

"IBM on Wednesday announced the general availability of a software toolkit developers can use to build speech-recognition and other 'multimodal' applications for Linux computers.

"The Multimodal Toolkit for WebSphere Studio helps developers create applications that can use more than one mode of communication. An example of a multimodal application is software on a personal organizer that can understand voice commands ('I need Mr. X's e-mail') and respond with a text message.

"Although speech-recognition software has yet to become a mass-market phenomenon, interest in it is being spurred by technological breakthroughs and the growth of computing devices that don't have room for full-size keyboards..."

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