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robg709
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Canada
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Posted - Jan 05 2012 :  23:16:44  Show Profile
Hi All I am new to the form and was just wondering what is a good Speech Recognition Software to try to integrate with my Virtual Human.

Thanks,

art
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USA
375 Posts

Posted - Jan 06 2012 :  00:33:39  Show Profile
Welcome!

The SR that comes with Windows 7 is really good, IMHO.

A lot of people also like Dragon Naturally Speaking and some prefer it to the Win7 SR.

Those are really your only choices for decent SR. I have used the one with Win 7 successfully with my Home Automation projects and can speak quite normally from across my office without a headset mic and my computer will respond perfectly and carry out its instructed command.

Experiment with both if possible because there is no one do-it-all system for everyone. Each has positives and negatives. Good luck!

- Art -
In the world of AI it's the thought that counts!
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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Jan 06 2012 :  22:23:23  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
I like Dragon Naturally Speaking the best... The newest version. It hardly makes any mistakes. Windows 7 is a little more error prone... At least with me. My brother uses that and likes it more.

They are both really good... Getting better each update. I still use a head set tho and find that I can use an inexpensive model like Logitech and get good results.

However, I find that I end up playing with it a few days and then I'm back on the keyboard. It's still faster.

Good luck!

http://lhandslide.com
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robg709
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Canada
5 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2012 :  17:39:00  Show Profile
Thanks so much for your responses. I was just wondering if you guys or someone else may know of a free one. I donít have windows 7 but have Vista. I am just looking for a free or shareware one to use with my prototype.
Regards,

Rob
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art
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USA
375 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2012 :  22:00:33  Show Profile
Rob,

Vista already has a SR (Speech Recognition) built in.

Regarding any "FREE" TTS voices you might want to check out:
http://www.nextup.com/TextAloud/SpeechEngine/voices.html

(Look for the Free ones near the bottom of the list)/

The free ones are OK but to really hear some of the better voices
check out those from ivona, neospeech and AT&T. Yes they cost the same as a nice restaurant dinner (give or take) but are really worth it if you desire realism of voice for your application.

Best of luck!

- Art -
In the world of AI it's the thought that counts!
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robg709
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Canada
5 Posts

Posted - Jan 22 2012 :  16:59:32  Show Profile
Hi Art,

Thanks so much for your time to respond. So for instance if I want the AT & T I just buy the speech engine. Can I setup this to respond to my voice do tasks I ask it to? Or would I also need something like dragan as well. What I want is to have a conversation and be able to perform tasks.



Thanks,

Rob

Edited by - robg709 on Jan 22 2012 21:13:38
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art
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USA
375 Posts

Posted - Jan 27 2012 :  01:48:35  Show Profile
Rob,

The TTS program will only provide human sounding voices to do tasks like read aloud, text emails, short documents and so forth.

The program only provides the TTS voice characters and contain no "brains" at all!

You might try a very reasonably priced program called e-Speaking. You can either Google it or enter it in the YouTube search window to view a demo.

It allows one to set up a small system to respond to your verbal commands.

Other programs offer varying degrees of home control using various control modules like X-10, Z-Wave, Insteon, Zig-Bee, etc. and can actually give verbal commands to your house or apartment and have the computer respond verbally and execute those commands by turning on or off different lights or appliances.

If you are looking for a chatbot / assistant program then Guile3D's Denise is a first rate extremely well designed character (she's beautiful) and very smart. She can do lots of things for you regarding your computer and more abilities are in the plans. http://guile3d.com/en/]

Robert Medeksza's Zabaware / UltraHal Assistant has been a long time mainstay in the computerized assistant and is undergoing some major changes and improvements. It has a very customizable personality and perform many tasks for you as well. http://www.zabaware.com

I'd also like to mention my good friend, Mikmoth's KariGirl. Kari is a very customizable character, personality, moods, emotions, ego, libido, etc. With some patience and practice you Kari will seem like a very good friend in no time!!(slightly more adult oriented but can make for an exceptionally nice chat character). http://www.karigirl.com

All of these examples can and will use the TTS voices to speak to you.

Give them a look and see which of them best suits your needs.

That's all off the top of my head for now. Otherwise, good luck!!

- Art -
In the world of AI it's the thought that counts!

Edited by - art on Jan 27 2012 01:51:45
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mikmoth
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USA
2082 Posts

Posted - Jan 29 2012 :  01:31:51  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Thanks Art for the kind words.

I'd also like to mention AiBliss... which can run you applications while she sits on your desktop. And it's in 3D. She can dance, play dress up (or down), and of course has a really good chat engine which can learn. I use her as my virtual assistant and companion. Plus you can change her looks to suit your personality.

http://aibliss.com/

Anyway, just another option.


http://lhandslide.com

Edited by - mikmoth on Jan 29 2012 01:34:01
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robg709
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Canada
5 Posts

Posted - Jan 29 2012 :  14:39:01  Show Profile
Thanks so much guys I will be checking this out soon.

Just a run down on what I plan to do. I have a software package that I am going to try and have a virtual head integrated with. I am creating the virtual head using Maya and going to just create a prototype for now just to show it working as I am going to try and get some kind of funding.But when everything done I hope to interact with virtual person and have her do things in the main program. But first I will do the prototype having her do basic things.

I am sure I will have lots of questions going forward.

During the week I will take a look at everything mentioned in the last 2 messages.

Thanks
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robg709
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Canada
5 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2012 :  17:41:08  Show Profile
So I check with the Hal and the other sites but I think Hal may be best for what I am trying. Thanks everyone.
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robertg709
Curious Member



Canada
4 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2012 :  12:40:33  Show Profile
hi all

i just had a question about my project. with todays technology am i able to take a maya head, use the ultra hal suite of programs, and use this to automate a inventory system. i just want it setup to look up info in the inventory system when a user asks and respond if the part is their etc. is this something that can be done with todays technology?

thanks

rob
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