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Wanted: real time transcription

Pulver's challenge to the Internet Communications Industry: create a real time captioning application for the hard of hearing.  He's offering a spot on stage at Spring VON to demo this application.

Having spent a good junk of the weekend looking for a quality transcription system, I certainly agree that the time has come for this.  Windows Vista lets me transcribe voice from a single speaker in real time. What I really want is to be able to transcribe a podcast, like the SquawkBox.  Audio content isn't searchable yet, but boy… would the world be a better place if it was.

I'll be watching this one with a lot of interest.  Seems like a ripe opportunity for a mashup.  Thomas Howe?  Did you see this?

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  • Tanya English December 1, 2008, 2:01 am

    Though computer technology and brilliant programming have brought us a long, long way, in some instances they simply will never take the place of a human being. Voice recognition is getting better all the time, but it’s always a single trained voice that gets the best results. Realtime transcription – ACCURATE realtime transcription – in the live multi-voice environment is one of those instances where a human needs to facilitate or perform the service. Thanks to the internet and the advances in communication technology, the solutions are here now: Realtime transcripts can be streamed to anywhere, from anywhere. And I’m happy to tell you that the world is a better place, to use your words. Now audio content IS searchable. It can even be synched with the transcripts, as can video content.

    Transcribe SquawkBox podcasts in realtime? No problem!

    Tanya English, Technology Officer
    Realtime Transcription, Inc.

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