Voice Pilot Technologies is previewing software at Comdex that lets English speakers chat over the Internet with Spanish speakers, using speech recognition technology.
Voice Pilot Version 3.1 offers voice chat capabilities that translate spoken English into Spanish text and spoken or typed Spanish into English text in real time, one sentence at a time. It can be used by multiple users for collaborative work.
The software is scheduled for January release in the US on OS/2 Warp, Windows 95 and Windows NT. A localised Spanish language version will be released at the end of the first quarter of 1997, according to Richard Grant, Voice Pilot Technologies' chief technology officer. Versions for other languages already supported by each operating system will follow, he says.
Voice Pilot Version 3.1 for Windows 95 will cost US$199 for users without IBM Voice Type dictation software and $149.95 for users with Voice Type. Some form of dictation software is needed, as well as a Pentium 100MHz or higher with at least 24Mb RAM.
Voice Pilot Technologies currently offers Voice Pilot Version 3.0, which lets people navigate through the information manager -- which includes a calendar, address book, and note pad -- by using voice commands and dictation. Version 3.1 adds the voice chat feature.
Other speech recognition products being demonstrated include:
* Kurzweil VoicePad Pro for Windows 1.0, a voice enabled word processing application from Kurzweil Applied Intelligence
* Talk.Go, voice navigation software for Windows 95 and Netscape; Talk.Homework, navigation and dictation software for Windows 95 and Netscape; and Talk.Web, which enables voice commands and dictation for email faxes and Internet relay chat, all from TalkWrite.com.
* DragonDictate for Windows NT 2.5, text-to-speech software from Dragon Systems