Speak4it Says Farewell
For nearly six years, Speak4it's users have been pointing and speaking to find what they want. So it is with sadness that the research team behind Speak4it is shutting it down. We thank all of you for using our app.
What's new in Speak4it 3 on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
- We've sped up Speak4it's multimodal speech and gesture recognition quite a bit.
- By popular request, you can clear the search history now.
- There are bug fixes for the buttons on iOS 5, the feedback form, and tips.
Features added in earlier versions
- Searching by drawing on the map is easier than ever. Now you can point where you want to look for businesses and say what you want to find.
- There's a new History screen that lets you revisit old searches. Did Speak4it get mixed up? Go to the History screen and try again.
- If you have AT&T Navigator installed, Speak4it can give turn-by-turn directions.
Advanced technology in Speak4it
- Multimodal input integration
- What is that?? Ever notice how people in the real world can point to stuff and talk about it and other people generally get what they’re talking about? That’s the idea here. You can point to a spot on the map and ask what’s there. (OK, so you actually have to touch the map; not just point to it…. Semantics!) Anyhow, press the orange button, put your finger someplace on the map, and say, “coffee shops around here.” Try it!
- Command recognition
- Speak4it always knew how to find what you wanted. Now you can give it commands like "call" or "driving directions" to tell it what to do. And if you want to see a map of someplace, just say its name, and Speak4it will take you there.
- Toponymic homonym disambiguation
- Huh? Some places have similar names, or even the same name, because people in the old days needed to spend more time building cities and towns than thinking up new names for them. Now when you want to search around one of those, you get to tell us which place you mean.
- Salient location disambiguation
- Aw, you’re killing me. OK, never mind. You’ll find out soon enough.