Sunday, 5 April 2009

Voice recognition, on a future iPhone?

How much power would it need, if it were to delegate the learning to it's syncing computer?

Nuance owns:
T9 text input (Tegic - AOL owned for a while, but somehow went to Nuance)
Dragon Naturally Speaking (Wond a best of show at MWSF 2008)
And has it's foot in the medical secretarial door.

System requirements:
System Requirements
  • Intel-based Mac
  • Max OS X 10.5.1 or greater ("Leopard")
  • Internet connection required for product registration
  • 2GB of free hard drive space
  • A MacSpeech-certified USB noise-canceling microphone


You'd need it open source - and ubiquitous . Seeing as you talk a lot on the phone, you'd be uniquely able to get a decent recording of key words in training, and modifier samples if you say something uniquely, through recording one side of the conversation.

Probably an ethical nightmare, but you could always upload a profile made on a desktop/laptop - or even do the 15 minute speech on the phone and then email to get analysed.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Sustainability and environmental concerns at Cranfield University

Hmm, as a student representative on the Cranfield Health Environment Committee, I think it a bit unfortunate to find out that the Vincent Building was (in hushed rumors) apparently rushed through planning and construction, to make sure that it didn't have to meet the rapidly approaching deadline, after which, the design of the building would have had to have much more stringent energy and efficiency standards (from what I can gather).

Bit naughty. Worthy of some further investigation as to who ok'd the building process, in the full knowledge of this...

Sheppard Robson, driven by the global sustainable agenda has responded by integrating sustainable and environmental issues into our design and business processes; providing us with a consistent set of principles easily recognisable to our clients, building users and staff.
Responsibility therefore sits at the heart of everything we do. We aim to achieve best practice in employee relations, workplace standards, training and development, diversity and disability as well as environmental policies for both staff and students alike.