SBIR Phase II: Robust Speech-to-Text Messaging

Period of Performance: 01/01/2007 - 12/31/2007

$500K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

TravellingWave
1200 Mercer St Suite 412, Suite 345
Seattle, WA 98109
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II research project proposes to develop techniques for the hands-free input of text to mobile devices. Specifically, this project extends the results of the Phase I effort to produce a speech-recognition system for mobile devices and personal appliances that is robust in the presence of background noise. To increase the speech recognition accuracy, four techniques are employed: 1) Spellation where the users have to speak and partially spell the words as they dictate, 2) VoiceTap which requires that, for each character, the user says that character and the following character in the alphabet, 3) Voice Predict where the user has to say the word and input the first character of the word using the keyboard or VoiceTap, and 4) multi-modal speech to text, where the user speaks and uses the keyboard simultaneously. The research effort will focus on developing modules that allow speech to be dictated using a combination of whole words and spelled words. The outcome of the proposed research has significant commercial