Big data in K-12: Is voice technology talking to you yet? (Part II) — from by Nelson B. Heller


Read on to learn more about where we stand and some interesting examples of voice-powered educational products. (These articles are based in part on my recent “View From the Catbird Seatpresentation at EdNET 2012.)

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Nuance Communications Inc. : Nuance introduces PaperPort Notes 2.0, new iPad app unites speech recognition and text conversion — from
Most complete notetaking app can now grab text from images taken with iPad camera


BURLINGTON, Mass., – November 20, 2012 – Nuance Communications, Inc. today launched version 2.0 of its PaperPort Notes app for the Apple iPad, introducing the ability to capture text from an image taken with the iPad’s built-in camera and instantly transform the words into accurate and editable notes. With a simple tap of a finger, it is easy to grab text from a picture or image of a sign, PowerPoint presentation, business card, receipt, or a handout.


Description (from iTunes)
PaperPort Notes is a digital note taking tool for the iPad that is transforming the way people create and share information. Now you can combine documents, web content, audio, typed text as well as hand written notes into a single document that you can easily organize and share with anyone.

PaperPort Notes brings you a complete note taking experience on the iPad that you won’t want to ever be without.

  • Quickly take typed and/or free hand notes
  • Leverage Dragon voice recognition to capture your ideas and notes simply by speaking
  • Convert scanned documents from the camera or photo albumn into editable text using the Nuance OmniPage Cloud service
  • Leverage powerful annotative tools to quickly mark up documents
  • Never miss another detail by adding audio page by page within your notes
  • Combine full documents, individual pages, content from the web and notes into a single document.
  • Powerful search, copy/paste, reordering and bookmarking tools allow you to quickly navigate your notes while staying organized
  • Access and share content using your favorite cloud storage services
  • PaperPort Anywhere connector provides access to files stored online or within PaperPort Desktop
  •  Much more… Follow us on twitter for tips and updates @PaperPortNotes

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What is Siri? — from

Siri is the intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. It allows you to use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. But Siri isn’t like traditional voice recognition software that requires you to remember keywords and speak specific commands. Siri understands your natural speech, and it asks you questions if it needs more information to complete a task.

Siri uses the processing power of the dual-core A5 chip in iPhone 4S, and it uses 3G and Wi-Fi networks to communicate rapidly with Apple’s data centers. So it can quickly understand what you say and what you’re asking for, then quickly return a response.

Siri is currently in beta and we’ll continue to improve it over time.




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Voice Control Will Disrupt Living Room Electronics — from by Patrick Moorhead
In what seems to be a routine in high-tech journalism and social media now is to speculate on what Apple will do next. The latest and greatest rumor is that Apple will develop an HDTV set. I wrote back in September that Apple should build a TV given the lousy experience and Apple’s ability to fix big user challenges. What hasn’t been talked about a lot is why voice command and control makes so much sense in home electronics and why it will dominate the living room. Its all about the content.



Intel predicts Smart TV is the device of the future — from’s blog
Chipmaker Intel believes that the Smart TV is the electronic device of the future, in the living room anyway.


The Smart TV is already upon us, in its various forms from various manufacturers. It has arrived with 3D capabilities, web browsing and social networking and applications. Currently Samsung and LG seem to be two of the big players pushing the Smart TV to consumers.

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Why if you miss Siri you’ll miss the future of the Web — from Scobleizer

Siri is the most useful thing I’ve seen so far this year. But after playing with it, getting an interview with its CEO (video here on building43) it’s even more important for you to pay attention to. It is the best example of what the web will be (emphasis DSC).

From DSC:
In the interview this quote stood out for me: “Siri is a ‘do’-engine…not a search engine.”

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Meet Siri, the iPhone App from the Future (available now!) — from

Delegated computing and the future of the web — from

  • Dynamic Service Delegation

  • Meta-data Driven

  • Algorithmic Combination

  • The Future of the Web
    Siri is just a beginning step to realizing this vision of “delegated computing”, where all the world’s services are being dynamically combined at the user’s beck and call. I do strongly agree with Robert’s post in that I believe that this will happen and that delegated computing will be an import part of the future of the web, and the way we interact with computers in general.

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