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Modern speech recognition software enables a single computer user to speak text and/or commands to the computer, largely, but not entirely, bypassing the use of the keyboard and mouse interface.

Free softwareEdit

Free speech corpus and acoustic model repositoriesEdit

Proprietary softwareEdit

  • HTK — copyrighted by Microsoft, but altering the software for the Licensee's internal use is allowed.
  • CSLU Toolkit
  • Voice Finger - a software for Windows Vista and Windows 7 that improves the Windows speech recognition system by adding several extensions to accelerate and improve the mouse and keyboard control.
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking from Nuance Communications is the continuous-speech successor to the older DragonDictate product, and appears to be the focus of all their current development effort (in the dictation area). Since version 10.1 it runs on 64-bit Windows, too.
  • e-Speaking - a software for Windows XP that facilitates use of the Microsoft Speech API by adding ability to create commands to perform custom actions.
  • IBM ViaVoice - Control and development as it pertains to embedded processors remain in the hands of IBM. Linux, Mac OS, and Windows products were licensed to Nuance Communications (formerly ScanSoft) which has since discontinued the product. The Nuance website provides a list of which legacy systems can run the final versions.
  • MacSpeech Dictate - Mac OS X speech recognition using the Dragon NaturallySpeaking engine. This replaces MacSpeech's former iListen product which is based on Philips Speech Technology.
  • Microsoft Windows Speech Recognition - Windows Vista and Windows 7 includes version 8.0 of the Microsoft speech recognition engine along with a completely new end user speech experience, known as Windows Speech Recognition.
  • Microsoft Speech API - Speech recognition functionality included as part of Microsoft Office and on Tablet PCs running Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. It may also be downloaded as part of the Speech SDK 5.1 for Windows applications, but since that is aimed at developers building speech applications, the pure SDK form lacks any user interface, and thus is unsuitable for end users.
  • Philips SpeechMagic - Market leader within the medical industry according to Frost & Sullivan, Philips SpeechMagic is a recognition engine that may be run either as a stand-alone product or integrated into other applications.
  • Proteus Conversational Interface
  • Simmortel Voice
  • (acquired by AOL)
  • SpeechWorks
  • Tellme Networks (acquired by Microsoft)
  • Loquendo ASR
  • Tazti - Free Speech Recognition Software by Voice Tech Group, Inc. - For internet navigation including major social media sites by talking to your PC, voice search, create your own speech commands, voice bookmark management, and voice control of iTunes music player. Windows XP, Vista.
  • Clap Commander - Novel Human-Computer Interface, based on hand clap recognition idea. For remotely controlling your computer from another part of the room by clapping your hands. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
  • Apple Voice Recognition - Apple voice recognition is included in MacOs 9 and higher. It can be accessed as speakable items under OS9 and Speech Recognition under the speech control panel in OS X and higher. Apple's speech synthesis and recognition technology is collectivly called PlainTalk.
  • VERBIO ASR - Verbio is the market leader within Europe in speech technology as ASR, TTS or STT, specially in the latin languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Catalonian,etc. It may also be used without any previous training.

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