Dallas, TX--September 27, 1996--A voice-enabled approach to Internet browsing has been developed by Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX).
The new software technology, dubbed Speech Aware Multimedia (SAM), works with multimedia PCs and a Web browser to allow use of the most natural tool that users have for browsing and navigating the Internet--their own voice.
SAM is the project name for an emerging software solution that speech-enables browsing and navigating any HyperText Markup Language (HTML) environment, such as Internets and Intranets, by voice.
SAM is speaker independent, meaning that the computer can recognize any voice. As a result, users do not have to spend extra time training the computer to recognize their voice. Users can speak naturally to SAM without pausing between words.
Speech Aware Multimedia software technology has been developed for multiple applications including Internet navigation, multimedia presentations, entertainment, electronic training systems, electronic catalogs, information kiosks, and aiding the physically challenged. In the future, as new smart televisions are offered, households without a PC will also be able to use SAM-based products for navigating the Web through Internet access provided in their new TV.
Specific modes of navigation in Speech Aware Multimedia include speakable commands for simple browser control; speakable bookmarks to retrieve pages by random access using customizable phrases; speakable links to select any highlighted link by simply speaking; and Smart Pages for natural spoken inquiries specific to pages.
SAM also includes a Java speech Application Program Interface (API) which allows users to interact with programs that run directly on their computer, avoiding long Web delays.
SAM, a proprietary TI speech recognition software technology, operates with both Windows 95 and Unix operating systems. TI has developed a Japanese version of SAM and has the technology ready for a Spanish version as well.
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