Voice recognition engine for Matsushita cell phones

Voice recognition technology developer Advanced Recognition Technologies Inc (ART) has inked a deal with Matsushita Communication Industrial Co Ltd to provide software for the latter's new TDMA cellular phones.

SINGAPORE--Voice recognition technology developer Advanced Recognition Technologies Inc (ART) has inked a deal with Matsushita Communication Industrial Co Ltd to provide software for the latter's new TDMA cellular phones.

Called smARTspeak, ART's software offers a feature-rich voice recognition engine designed for mobile devices such as cellular phones, personal digital assistants and other handhelds.

The technology boasts rapid response time and high-noise immunity, as well as voice-activated name dialing, continuous digit dialing, menu navigation and device control.

Among its latest features is a speaker-independent, digit-dialing function, which means the phone can be adapted to recognize English in various accents. The solution is also available for Korean, German, French and Spanish recognizers, with more languages being added.

Matsushita's TDMA phones will be marketed under the Panasonic brand in the US. The latest version of ART's software will be deployed in these mobile phones, expected to be available later this year.