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IBM Develops Technology To Talk To Web 83

ProgramErgoSum writes to tell us that IBM's Indian-based research arm is trying to bring a new dimension to web interaction through voice interaction on your mobile phone. Developing a new protocol, Hyperspeech Transfer Protocol (HSTP), the hope is to allow users to talk to the web and get a response. Without more explanation I'm hoping this goes about as far as the gopher web. "The spoken web is a network of voice sites or interconnected voice and the response the company got in some pilot projects in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat and the kind of innovations that people came up with were just mind-boggling, Gupta said. "
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IBM Develops Technology To Talk To Web

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  • by Animats ( 122034 ) on Monday March 16, 2009 @03:29PM (#27215163) Homepage

    Microsoft bought TellMe (1-800-555-TELL), which does some of that. (Call it from a cell phone; the behavior on land lines is entirely different. From a cell phone, you can get movie listings, driving directions, etc.; on a land line, all it does is phone directories.)

  • Achilles says "No." (Score:4, Interesting)

    by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Monday March 16, 2009 @03:33PM (#27215197)

    Voice tech has an achilles heel: It's called accents. Most voice software works great for english-speaking people in the midwestern United States. But if you have an accent and have ever tried to "interact" with one of those voice mail systems that are speech-activated rather than touch-tone, the words unholy rage doesn't begin to describe the frustration of listening to a soothing voice repeatedly saying "I'm sorry, I do not understand your request" and then endlessly repeats the menus. Pressing '0', if you're wondering, will only make the system remind you that it (a) only speaks english and (b) while it can process touch tones, it won't -- because it hates you.

    And IBM wants to bring this unique hell to the web? What kind of sadists are these people? As if websites that require Flash and the horrors that server-side Java unleashed wasn't enough...

  • Re:Interesting... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Deag ( 250823 ) on Monday March 16, 2009 @03:37PM (#27215261)

    The text to speech bit could do with some sort of markup though. Despite the author's guild claim to the contrary, text to speech is very machine like and monotonous, it could do with some tags like <scared> or <angry> to get some emotion going.

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