Tired of typing? Make yourself heard

Voice-recognition software is evolving into a $1 billion market. It has long been used for automated customer service attendants, simple data entry, and dictation.
Now, language response systems are embedded in cellphones and global positioning systems, as well as toys (a diary that opens when you say the password.) And voice controlled lamps, clocks, and remote controls have been introduced in the home electronics arena.

With only a few brands on the market - IBM, Microsoft, and the leader, Nuance-Dragon -voice-recognition software has made huge leaps, with better algorithms, advances in processing power, and improved microphones. [more...]