L&H Voice Xpress Mobile Professional
by Rick Smith (December 18, 2000)
Voice recognition software has been undergoing considerable changes in the past few years. Processors are now faster so you can speak normally and still achieve high recognition rates. Lernout & Hauspie has incorporated their latest technology into a family of Voice Xpress Version 5 product. They range from the “Standard” and “Advanced” editions to the “Professional” and “Mobile Professional” editions. Each edition has greater capabilities, but all are based on the same 307,000+ word vocabulary.
The Voice Xpress Version 5 family helps you write, edit and format letters, memos, e-mails and spreadsheets with your voice. Other common features include:
Dictation right after installation. Training Voice Xpress isn’t necessary before using it, but with the L&H XpressStart technology, you can obtain accurate results after only 5 minutes of training. With greater training, even better results can be achieved.
Filters those “ahhs” and “umms”. This is the first speech recognition product to utilize this type of filtering technology, which eliminates some common recognition errors.
Fun interactive learning. Through the use of the included Xpress Café, you navigate through exercises and lessons, learning to use L&H Voice Xpress more productively.
On screen command chart. A visual list of commonly used application-specific voice commands are provided on the desktop. This helps you remember them more easily. When I controlled Etak’s SkyMap 2000 GPS software with voice recognition, I found that the on-screen command chart was most helpful.
Text narration. A human sounding, text-to-speech engine reads back the on-screen text to assist during the editing process.
Easier chat. Your speech can be converted into Chat jargon and/or emoticons and L&H includes a comprehensive set of tools to assist and control “Chat” and “Instant Messaging” environments.
Document command language. A flexible, easy-to-use language for editing and formatting documents is provided which properly handles the many variations of verbal commands that could perform a desired action. Supported software varies by edition.
Expandable vocabulary. Up to 30,000 additional words of your own choosing can be added to the 307,000 word dictionary.
Voice Xpress Mobile Professional is the top of the line product and includes a two ounce, Olympus DS-150 Digital Voice Recorder. This recorder is useful for dictating, and editing your messages and documents AWAY from your computer, in a car, plane or office - anywhere YOU want. A Plantronics noise-canceling headset microphone is also included in case you want to dictate at your computer as well. Mobile Professional also includes these additional features:
Voice Macro capability. You can now place large blocks of text or bit-maps (signatures) easily into a document with only a voice command. This is just like a “hotkey”, but it is voice controlled.
Voice applications. An improved version of TalkingTools is included. Using only your voice, you can search the Internet, solve math problems, schedule appointments or manage contacts.
Palm compatibility. You can easily transfer information from the included Voice AddressBook, Voice Scheduler or Voice To-Do List to and from the Palm PDA.
The Voice Xpress family is compatible with virtually any Windows application, including Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect, Lotus SmartSuite, Intuit Quicken, Symantec Act! and more. The Voice Xpress Professional editions, along with most of the other Voice Xpress editions (“Standard” edition has slightly less capability) are tightly integrated to:
Microsoft Word 95/97/2000, Word Perfect, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4/5, Netscape Composer/Messenger/Navigator, MSN Messenger Service, Microsoft Chat 2.1/2.5, Microsoft Net Meeting, ICQ, Microsoft Outlook Express 4/5, America Online, Eudora Pro and Juno Service.
Voice Xpress Mobile Professional and Xpress Professional provide this level of integration for:
Microsoft Outlook 98/2000, Lotus Notes 4/5, Quicken 99/2000, Microsoft Money 99/2000, Netscape Calendar, Microsoft Excel 97/2000 and Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000.
Lernout & Hauspie Voice Xpress Mobile Professional also:
is optimized for the Intel Pentium MMX, II, III and Celeron processors along with the AMD K6 -2, AMD K-3 with 3D and Athlon processors.
runs in Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 second edition, Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0 (SP4 or greater)
requires 64 MB RAM (96 MB for Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000) - 128 MB RAM recommended; 250 MB free disk space; VGA or better monitor; CD-ROM drive
supports Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 compatible or sound board supporting 16-bit 22 kHz recording. Speakers are useful for listening to TalkingText and Learning Applications.
has an estimated price of $229.99. (Standard is $49.99, Advanced is $79.99 and Professional is $149.99)
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