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The grammar of sound

From: Harvey Bingham <hbingham@acm.org>
Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 22:18:34 -0400
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To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

New software from Fast-Talk lets you index and search audio voice-streams 
much faster than in the past


This has interesting possibilities for locating material in voice 
recording, based on phonetic query of audio, without transcript.

Their web-page:


"Fast-Talk's software doesn't require speech-to-text conversion. With our 
unique phonetic technology, you can retrieve any word,
name or phrase from voice data, regardless of speaker or dialect, with up 
to 98 percent precision. We enable you to search your
digital assets 100,000 times faster than real time, or 30 hours in less 
than one second. The result: Fast-Talk significantly improves
the way people search and access valuable audio and voice data."

It requires typing the phonetic representation of what you seek. It has no 
visual component, given access to the
voice recording -- presuming that what is returned from the query is the 
audio stream where that phonetic pattern is found.
It does not permit proximity searching.

I wonder if it is able to accept a vocal representation of the phonetics -- 
the phrase sought? -- would need to shift pace
and possibly frequency -- though those are not available in the phonetic 

Regards/Harvey Bingham  
Received on Monday, 5 May 2003 22:42:52 UTC

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