Twitter to Facebook: 5 Ways to Post to Both (1 way with speech)

There are times when we’d really like to phone in our Twitter and Facebook updates with little to no effort. Vlingo’s mobile application for Nokia, BlackBerry, and iPhone does speech recognition for a variety of functions, but we love it for status updates.

Once your Facebook and Twitter accounts are configured, you can hit the “press + speak” button and say the “status update” command to start verbalizing your update. Vlingo will then transcribe your audio to text and update your status on Facebook and Twitter. We also really like the fact that you can double check the speech to text translation before you update your social presence.

Speech Recognition on the iPhone, Via Vlingo

iPhone owners can download a free Vlingo app through the iTunes App Store. Much like the Blackberry software, the application lets users place phone calls to people in their contact lists by speaking their names, and initiate Web searches by speaking their search terms. (There’ a nice video here explaining all of the application’s features.) But unlike the Blackberry app, Vlingo’s iPhone app can also be used to search local business listings and see the results on a map—for example, by speaking an inquiry such as “movie theaters in Boston.” And it lets users dictate status-update messages that are posted instantly to their Facebook or Twitter accounts. [click heading for more]

Vlingo's Speech Recognition Features Come to BlackBerry Devices

One of the world’s most popular mobile devices is getting an upgrade today as it integrates a broad suite of speech recognition functions developed by a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company.

Starting today, Research In Motion’s BlackBerry devices are integrating with a voice-powered interface from vlingo, a technology that company officials say unlocks access to mobile phone wireless data services. [click heading for more]

Nuance alleges Vlingo infringed on its patents

Nuance Communications Inc., a Burlington maker of speech-recognition products, has sued the Cambridge start-up Vlingo Corp., alleging patent infringement. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Texas, seeks monetary damages and an order against any continued infringement. Vlingo, which develops speech-recognition technology for mobile phones, raised $20 million in April in a funding round led by Yahoo Inc. A spokesman would not say how much money Nuance's suit seeks. A Vlingo spokeswoman said only that the company is reviewing the lawsuit.

Simplifying with speech recognition

Speech recognition firm vlingo just unveiled the results of a recent consumer study involving almost 5,000 respondents that the firm commissioned regarding their mobile-data usage habits, especially around SMS usage. Vlingo found that 70 percent of non-SMS users said they didn't use the service because it was too difficult and time consuming to type on a small phone screen.
Vlingo, like other speech recognition firms, are advocates of voice-enabled texting and other services minimize the amount of typing a consumer must do on their mobile handset. [click heading for more]

Vlingo Named One of Ten FiReStarters by Future in Review

Vlingo Corporation ( today announced that it has been selected as one of 10 FiReStarters at the upcoming Future in Review 2008 Conference. Vlingo was selected by strategic investment members of the Strategic News Service(R) who sought out the ten emerging technology companies that they believe will "change the world in a positive way."

Vlingo was selected because of its ground-breaking approach to speech recognition for the mobile market. Launched as part of Yahoo! OneSearch(TM) earlier this month, vlingo is the first and only open and unconstrained speech recognition technology for the mobile industry. Vlingo products allow consumers to simply speak into any mobile application and have their speech converted into text on the mobile device. They can launch applications and complete text fields such as Web search or messaging by simply speaking into their phones. Vlingo makes this easy because users do not have to memorize a limited set of commands or structure input in particular ways. The vlingo technology is based on core speech recognition technology from IBM, which supports vlingo's goals of creating and scaling across large numbers of users and applications. [click heading for more]

Vlingo aids Yahoo's speech recognition venture

Internet search giant Yahoo Inc.'s move into mobile search will be powered in part by speech recognition start-up vlingo Corp., a collaboration that highlights the industry's interest in using talking, rather than triple-tapping, to navigate content on cellphones. Vlingo also said yesterday that Yahoo led a $20 million investment in the company. The oneSearch technology is available now to some BlackBerry users, and will be expanded in coming months. [click heading for more]