InfoTalk Advances PDA to Revolutionary Speech Era
HONG KONG - InfoTalk Corporation, a provider of multi-lingual conversational speech understanding technology, announced that InfoTalk-Recognizer, InfoTalk's speech recognition engine, is now fully supported on Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). This development allows users to enjoy the features and functionalities of the PDAs using the human voice, despite the display and input constraints of the shrinking size of handheld computing devices. InfoTalk-Recognizer currently supports the PDAs that are running on Intel StrongARM and XScale technology and Microsoft PocketPC 2002. InfoTalk's speech technology is designed to utilize the features and functionalities of PDA hardware. Features of InfoTalk's speech technologies like speaker independence and continuous speech processing are being leveraged on the PDAs. Voice, data and multi-media services on PDAs can therefore be integrated through a common voice interface. Speech technology brings a wide spectrum of voice-enabled embedded applications alive. Leaving behind the restriction of touch-screen operation, it is exceptionally convenient for users who do not have free hands for inputting information into the mobile devices. With speech technology, users can also access common PDA applications like Personal Information Management (PIM) by speaking to the PDAs. It allows users to handle, retrieve and change their personal information, like phone book and personal itinerary. Many other voice-enabled services and applications can also be realized on PDAs, including, but not limited to, location-based services and data management. "We are thrilled to lead the market in providing speech technologies on the PDAs," said Dr. Alex Leung, CEO of InfoTalk. "We see an emerging demand of speech technology in mobile devices from customers. InfoTalk is set to fast grasp the market of voice-enabled applications running on a lower cost, high performance platform with this landmark development."