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Speech Technology




Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products

L&H Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 5.0

$199 list

Using NaturallySpeaking, our out-of-box accuracy was about 92 percent[1],



PC Magazine

 Rating: Very Good 46

Requires: 64MB RAM; 150MB hard drive space; Microsoft Windows

 98, 2000, Me, or Windows NT 4.0 with SP6; 16-bit sound card.
































Speech Recognition Devices




Speech Technology




Sensory Inc

Voice Extreme

$2-$3 for the device

Target applications include voice-dialers for telephones, hands-free

 command-and-control functions in automobiles, factory automation, home

 automation, and prosthetics for the disabled

Capable of recognizing and responding to a limited vocabulary of words in

 context-sensitive command-and-control application

Designed to support command-and-control applications in electronic toys, Internet

 appliances and consumer products.


Frontier Design



Recognize up to 50 words in a variety of languages

Speech-recognition intellectual property core


Command Corp







speech-recognition algorithms











Lucent Technologies









Additional Links:

 * Speech Engines

 * Lernout & Hauspie/Dragon Systems Inc.,

 * Conversational Computing Corp. (Conversa),

 * Fonix Corp.,

 * Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc.,

 * NEC,

 * Toshiba Corp.,

 * Applications and Tools

 * BravoBrava Inc.,

 * Keware Technologies LLC,

 * Realize Software Corp.,

 * ScreenFriends Corp.,

 * UmeVoice Inc.,

 * Chant Inc.,

 * O&A Productions,

 * Speech Solutions Inc.,

 * SQZ Inc.,

 * Unisys Corp.,

 * Wizzard Software,


        Mindmaker Inc.,


SpeechWorks (stock: SPWX) has already struck deals with America Online (stock: AOL), and HeyAnita, Los Angeles, Calif., to provide their users with access to e-mail over the phone. Of the three suppliers of software for voice, Plakias said Lernhout Hauspie Speech Products N.V., Iepers, Belgium, is SpeechWorks' only competitor in terms of text-to-speech for reading e-mail. "This is a huge opportunity for wireless carriers. I expect 50 percent of Yahoo's users will be calling in from a wireless phone," said Plakias. Natural MicroSystems (stock: NMSS) is supplying Yahoo with its Alliance Generation 4000 telephony interface hardware, which lets Yahoo subscribers interface with the regular phone. The hardware platform basically transfers text from Yahoo's website onto the phone network, said Brian Demers, vice president and general manager ofnew network solutions at Natural MicroSytems, Framingham, Mass.

More Information:


  1. Translation Portal

The speech and language systems company Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products (L&H) has introduced an e-commerce portal for the provision of translation services.

 The new L&H iTranslator Online portal, located at, enables users to submit documents via the web for translation. Two options are available - free machine translation for up to 5,210 characters and fee-based access to L&H's network of human translation services.

 For human translation 29 different language pairs are available while for machine translation L&H's service offers 16 different pairs, including English to French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese and back.Other features include an ability for users to track the completion of their translation projects via a one-view control panel and encryption of all user profiles, job details and payment information to the maximum strength of the user's browser.

[1] Using NaturallySpeaking, our out-of-box accuracy was about 92 percent[1], but the software learns very quickly. Accuracy rose to over 98 percent after we imported documents into the Vocabulary Builder and spent about 30 minutes dictating and correcting text. NaturallySpeaking has added voice commands for Web browsing and working with e-mail. You can select radio buttons or switch between browser frames by voice. The product directly supports AOL, Microsoft Outlook, Netscape Messenger, and Qualcomm's Eudora mail clients and recognizes commands such as "send e-mail" or "check for new messages."

 NaturallySpeaking lets you dictate text into almost any Microsoft Windows application and control the basics of your Windows desktop, but unlike IBM ViaVoice and L&H Voice Xpress, you can't use natural- language commands to control programs other than Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect.