Speech Enabling Android Applications

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Do you have Siri envy? Are you sick of those smarmy iOS developers touting the benefits of their platform? Well you shouldn’t be as most iOS developers will never be able to hook into the private Siri API. Instead why don’t you learn more about the android.speech package and enable Speech Recognition and Text to Speech functionality in your Android apps today. This presentation will give a brief overview of the basics and best practices of Speech Recognition. Then we will quickly put together an application using Speech Recognition for input and TTS for output that can answer almost any question you put to it. 

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Simon MacDonald


Simon MacDonald is an Advisory Software Engineer in IBM’s Emerging Internet Technologies Group. Simon has over fifteen years of development experience and has worked on a variety of projects including object oriented databases, police communication systems, speech recognition and unified messaging. His current focus is contributing to the open source PhoneGap project to enable developers to create cross platform mobile applications using Web technologies. Simon’s been building web applications since the days they were written using shell scripts and he still has nightmares about those dark days.

Bryce Curtis


Dr. Bryce Curtis is a member of the Software Group Technology Center working on emerging technologies. He is currently leading IBM’s involvement in the Apache Cordova open source project. Over his 27 years at IBM, Bryces has worked on numerous technologies including mobile, collaborative and video conferencing, widgets and mashups, telephony, speech recognition and text-to-speech, virtual reality and 3D audio. Bryce holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Digital Signal Processing from Georgia Institute of Technology.


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