Intel has teamed up with voice recognition specialist Lernout & Hauspie to create a voice command interface for the Internet.
"A voice interface represents a natural, intuitive method for people to get information they need, via PCs, connected smart devices and the telephone," explained Ron Whittier, senior vice president of Intel.
Intel, which currently has 90 per cent of the chip business for PCs, is banking on the fact that the trend for linking consumer devices to PCs will dramatically increase the market for home computers.
Intel completed a $30 million investment in Lernout & Hauspie last month as a way of helping it expand into the wireless communications market and also into voice recognition on the Internet.
Voice commands over the Internet is the next obvious extension for ecommerce, according to analysts. Forrester Research believes that the ecommerce market for the US and Europe could hit $271 billion by the year 2001.
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