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WinScribe Certifies the Acoustic Magic's Voice Tracker

AUCKLAND, NZ - WinScribe has tested and "Certified" the Voice Tracker array microphone from Acoustic Magic, the first in a new class of microphones that, together with SW from WinScribe, will extend applications in digital recording and speech recognition, and perhaps create new ones.
Posted Oct 1, 2002
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AUCKLAND, NZ - WinScribe has tested and "Certified" the Voice Tracker array microphone from Acoustic Magic, the first in a new class of microphones that, together with SW from WinScribe, will extend applications in digital recording and speech recognition, and perhaps create new ones. Dale Matravers, WinScribe's International Business Development Manager states: "We are excited about the combination of the Voice Tracker with our recording SW for two reasons. First, the Voice Tracker enables hands-free or headset free dictation; and second, because the Voice Tracker's long effective range, it enables quality recording in large areas like boardrooms, courtrooms, operating theaters, etc." Enclosed in a charcoal gray casing, the Voice Tracker fits under a computer monitor, or on a shelf or table. Its technology locates a talker, and electronically steers a "listening beam", like an acoustic searchlight, in that direction. This creates spatial filtering; sounds from other parts of the room are not picked up. According to Bob Feingold, founder of Acoustic Magic, "A measure of the Voice Tracker's effectiveness at long range is the fact that voice control has been demonstrated in 22 ft X 17 ft rooms, even with the TV on!" The Voice Tracker is certified by both Scansoft (for use with NaturallySpeaking) and IBM (for use with ViaVoice). It can scan a full 180 degrees, and it can steer from one talker to the next in a few milliseconds. The Voice Tracker can be connected to a PC through the sound card, or through the USB port (with an optional USB adapter).
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