Software giant IBM gas developed a speech recognition software in Hindi. The company hopes that this development will help physically challenged and less literate Hindi speakers to access information using a variety of applications.
Called the Desktop Hindi Speech Recognition technology, this software was developed by the IBM India Software Lab jointly with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing.
The new IBM technology could help to provide a natural interface for human-computer interaction.
According to Dr. Daniel Dias, Director, IBM Indian Research Laboratory, the technology which helps transcribe continuous Hindi speech instantly into text form, could find use in a variety of applications like voice-enabled ATMs, car navigation systems, banking, telecom, railways, and airlines.
Besides, the technology could also enable C-DAC to ensure a high level of accuracy in Hindi translation in a number of domains like administration, finance, agriculture and the small-scale industry.
The IBM Desktop Hindi Speech Recognition software is capable of recognizing over 75,000 Hindi words with dialectical variations, providing an accuracy of 90 to 95%. What’s more; this software also has an integrated spellchecker that corrects spoken-word errors, enhancing the accuracy to a great extent.
The Desktop Hindi Speech Recognition Technology also integrates a number of user-friendly features such as the facility to convert text to digits and decimals, date and currency format, and into fonts which could be imported to any Windows-based application.
“IBM believes in taking high-end research to the benefit of the masses and bridging the digital divide through a faster diffusion process,” concluded Dias.