Siri Shows the Us the Future of Search Will be Voice Activated
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Voice activated search that pulls from many websites should not be in the hands of only the major tech companies. Open source search technologies such as Lucene, Solr, and Sphinx ought to start gaining voice recognition facilities as well. With so few open source speech recognition technologies out there that I can find, it seems like there needs to be more collaborative effort in this area.
Now is the time to start thinking about applications and systems that could harness this new concept of voice driven interfaces and voice activated search. We need to start solving the problems in voice recognition software for various languages and start finding work that's been shared on these fronts. The W3C is already seeing this trend and is currently investigating how it could integrate speech recognition technologies into web standards.
The interface for search is changing. First we narrowed it down to just one unified search bar with little need to go outside of it. The next interface that will win consumers will be no interface at all. Just a microphone.
If you know of any open source projects around voice recogniton and connecting it with powerful search engines, let us hear about it. We want to take stock of what technology the general developer has to work with right now, and where we can go with it.