IBM has released the first continuous speech recognition software for the Macintosh platform on the market, company officials said.
ViaVoice Millennium Edition 1.0 for Macintosh lets users create e-mail, edit documents and perform other computer tasks simply by speaking into a microphone. Text can then be transferred into popular Mac applications, such as AppleWorks or Microsoft Word. The program also integrates Apple’s text-to-speech function that lets Apple computers read text back to the user.
ViaVoice for Mac is now available in the US and Canada for $89.95 at retail stores and online vendors, including ShopIBM at www.ibm.com/shop.
More information about IBM’s speech recognition technology can be found at www.ibm.com/software/speech.