Multimodal Interaction with W3C Standards: Towards Natural User Interfaces to Everything
Edited by Deborah Dahl, to be published by Springer, 2016
We are increasingly surrounded by smart technology in many forms -- mobile devices, tablets, wearables, robots and home appliances, just to name a few. As smart technology appears in more and more different shapes and sizes, natural forms of interaction, such as speech and gesture, will become more and more important. However, because of the increasing number of types of interaction, vendor-specific approaches to interacting with this myriad of devices will become impractical, and standards will become critical. This book describes the W3C standards underlying multimodal interaction in straightforward and accessible language, while also illustrating the standards in operation through chapters on interesting and innovative implementations. You are invited to contribute your ideas to this book. See the book website at www.mmi-standards.com for more information.
Conversational technology allows people to get information, conduct transactions, and be entertained, simply by speaking to a computer. Based on the integration of speech recognition, natural language processing and dialog understanding technologies, conversational systems are rapidly becoming an important component of solutions for customer care, mobile access to data and many other applications. There are now hundreds of currently deployed systems that use these speech technologies. These systems save money and time, attract new customers, and improve accessibility for their users on a day in and day out basis for customers all over the world.
As exciting as these systems are, the technologies they are based on are both highly complex and rapidly evolving. You need the best and most up to date information to make informed decisions on how they can be used to address your organizationís requirements. Conversational Technologies provides the reports, analysis, training, and design services that you need to understand these technologies and the solutions that use them.
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Getting started with conversational systems and technologies
If you're considering speech-enabling a web-based application or a touchtone-based telephone application, or developing a brand-new speech application, whether on the desktop or on the web, we can help you
Understand the state of the art in speech technologies and the speech industry through custom reports and presentations
Understand your applicationís requirements with respect to the current state of the art in speech and dialog technologies
Develop a plan that will result in a high-quality deployment in a predictable amount of time
Develop rapid prototypes of prospective applications to get a hands-on feel for what the application will really be like
Develop realistic requirements that will result in quality proposals
Evaluate proposals for risk, realism, and cost-effectiveness
Recommend, evaluate, and design development tools for speech applications
We have full and half-day programs available to introduce you to speech technology and how it can benefit your business.
If youíre starting to get familiar with speech technology you will encounter specifications such as VoiceXML. We can help you learn more about speech-related standards including VoiceXML, the Speech Recognition Grammar Format (SRGS) and the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) and multimodal standards such as the W3C Multimodal Architecture and EMMA.
Language technology evaluations
Based on our many years of experience in the natural language and speech industry, we can help you understand the potential of new language and speech related companies by assessing both their basic underlying technologies as well as their prospects for becoming commercially practical .
Speech recognition evaluations
Are you considering using speech recognition in an application? How do you know which of the many available speech recognition engines is right for your application? We provide formal, quantitative evaluations of accuracy under the specific conditions of your application, as well as information about non-technical considerations such as support and licensing.