Some History of Concept
The history of speech recognition developments is quite long and full of bitter failures. In 1952 the first speech recognizer was delivered to the public. The device itself was quite simple and could recognize single spoken digits. Since then much time has passed presenting new ideas and projects and sending to history trash the failed ones.
Today speech recognition is one of the most prospective fields in computational linguistics and it seems that one of the most successful ones, too. If one thinks over possible applications of the technology he or she will sure to remember numerous verification and identification processes to enter some secret headquarters or even a simple office. Moreover, lots of gadgets and even household appliances are taught to work with live speech of users. Just saying several commands is possible to turn on an electric kettle, choose a special washing program, or start a car. Using voice to dial some certain number is a usual option in the majority of smartphones, while smart houses fully depend on it.
Digital systems of transcription are meant to facilitate the life of many specialists and experts who need to compile long vocal reports and later deliver them in a written form. Millions of people all over the world use the technologies to refine their pronunciation abilities while learning foreign languages.
Besides, speech recognition presents enormous possibilities for gamers who with its help can directly command their heroes instead of using a keyboard button or some remote control. The technology implies great prospects for games with the technique of augmented reality making everything seem more real than in the surrounding world.
However, all those shiny opportunities are shadowed with the amount of money which is to be invested in the research and development and a great percentage of failed projects. But so far, those companies which have succeeded can now reap the profits which are quite substantial.