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IT-Director: A Linux PDA you can talk to

Feb 07, 2000, 16:55 (1 Talkback[s])
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"A voice controlled PDA could be a reality by the end of the year. Lernout & Hauspie (L&H) will soon be demonstrating a prototype device that incorporates wireless communication and voice recognition. The Linux operating system running on Intel's next generation StrongArm II low-power chip will be used. Bill DeStefanis of L&H says the new chip, available later in the year, has been optimised to run the mobile version of Linux and provides the equivalent performance of a desktop Pentium III. This results in enough processing power to include a large-vocabulary speech-recognition engine whilst keeping battery usage at an acceptable level.

Users will be able to access to the Web using voice commands to retrieve information and carry out e-commerce transactions such as buying and selling, on-line banking, and so on. They will also be able to read and send e-mail using voice alone. L&H believe the new device will be attractive to consumers and business users alike. The device could be used by field sales and service personnel to collect information more conveniently whilst in the presence of a customer. The codename for the device is Nuk, an abbreviation of Nukula, the Hawaiian word for 'echo'."

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