Chant Updates Its Developer Workbench

Chant, a provider of speech and natural user interface (NUI) technology and class libraries, today released a new version of its flagship toolset for developing software that speaks, listens, and interacts with users.

Chant Developer Workbench is comprised of tools and class libraries for integrating speech and NUI technology. It provides an independent development environment for developing and interactively testing speech and NUI technologies. Developers can manage conversations, grammars, movement, profiles, lexicons, speech, and text-to-speech markup directly within application software they develop and deploy using prebuilt class libraries.

"Developers who construct apps targeted for Windows 10 and certification through the Microsoft Store can develop high-performance multimodal application interfaces using speech technology," said John Earle, president and founder of Chant, in a statement. "With Developer Workbench 2016, developers can easily integrate speech recognition and speech synthesis for deploying across Microsoft Universal Windows Platform devices."

New features and capabilities provided by Chant Developer Workbench 2016 include the following:

  • Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Chant Developer Workbench IDE available in 17 languages for designing and testing speech recognition grammars (SRGS) and speech synthesis markup language (SSML).
  • Universal Windows Platform (UWP) class libraries for integrating speech technology in Windows 10 apps that can be natively compiled and certified through the Microsoft Store.
  • Text-to-Speech API support for the latest Vocalizer Expressive V2 voices from Nuance Communications.
  • Speech Recognition API support for the latest Dragon NaturallySpeaking release from Nuance Communications.

Pricing is $999 per developer and includes the Chant Developer Workbench interactive environment, a license for GrammarKit 5, KinesicsKit 3, LexiconKit 5, ProfileKit 5, SpeechKit 8, VoiceMarkupKit 5 and VoiceXMLKit 2.

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