[AI] Startup Rolls out Speech Recognition Beta for Mobile Phones

Vikas Kapoor dl.vikas at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 09:08:11 EDT 2007

Startup Rolls out Speech Recognition Beta for Mobile Phones
Beta software from Vlingo lets users pull up local search results and maps by speaking search queries. 
Grant Gross, IDG News Service

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 10:00 AM PDT

ustry veterans, has released a beta version of its new software for mobile phones.

Vlingo calls its Find speech recognition software a "breakthrough" for mobile phone users who want to free themselves from "tedious triple-tapping" when
searching or downloading content on their phones. Other vendors offer speech recognition for mobile phones, but Vlingo's software doesn't limit users to
a predefined list of words, like other vendors, said 
Vlingo CEO Dave Grannan
, a former general manager at 
Nokia Corp.

Vlingo uses what it calls adaptive hierarchical language models to learn words, user speech patterns and accents, Grannan said. Vlingo compiles the information
from users to improve the speech recognition accuracy, he said.

"Users can say anything they want," Grannan said. "If you're going to use your voice, it cannot be the traditional, 'we only allow you to use a certain
number of words.' People are going to search for anything on the Internet."

Vlingo's software includes a user interface that suggests alternatives if it may have misunderstood the user's request. The user can then scroll down and
correct the software. Users can also mix typing and talking.

Vlingo came out of stealth mode with its beta release Tuesday. It's initial target market will be consumers who have mobile phones with advanced features
such as browsing capabilities.

Vlingo was founded a year ago by 
Mike Phillips
, a co-founder of speech recognition vendor SpeechWorks, now 
Nuance Communications Inc.
, and 
John Nguyen
, a former vice president of engineering at Groove Mobile, a provider of music services for mobile phones. Vlingo is funded by 
Charles River Ventures
Sigma Partners .

 version of Vlingo FIND is available to use until mid-November. 


Vikas Kapoor,
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