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Google Voice Local Search
User: kmaclean
Date: 4/7/2007 11:37 am
Views: 4371
Rating: 18

Google Voice Local Search is "Google’s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone".  Just call a 1-800 number and the Speech Recognition system asks you for City and State, and then the business or business category.  The Text to Speech used to say the company names isn't the greatest, but understandable.

I've always thought telco 411 calls were way too expensive for the service received.  This is a great use of Speech Recognition.

Ken 

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Re: Google Voice Local Search
User: kmaclean
Date: 6/7/2007 1:10 pm
Views: 1989
Rating: 23

Just read an interesting article on O'Reilly Radar entitled "Why Google is Offering 411 Service".

O'Reilly says:

I'm speculating that the 1-800-GOOG-411 service is designed to harvest voice data to build Google's own speech database, rather than licensing from Nuance or another player.

 

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