IBM and Apple demonstrated the first speech recognition software for the Macintosh platform at the Macworld conference in New York this week.
Viavoice for the Macintosh enables customers to perform tasks such as creating email and editing documents by using spoken commands. The product also includes Apple’s text to speech function, which enables Apple computers to read text back to users.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s interim chief executive, said: “We are very pleased that IBM is working to bring its award winning speech recognition technology to today’s most popular operating platforms such as the Mac. Viavoice will enable Mac customers to interact with software applications in the most natural way possible – simply by speaking.”
The first editions of Viavoice for the Mac, available in US and UK English, are scheduled to be released later this year. Pricing and additional product details will be available over the next few months.
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