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by Adam D King
I did an introduction to voice recognition / speech recognition and went on to differentiate between:
a) speaker-independent speech recognition as you find it in automated Call Centres (IVRs that ask you to press buttons or speak your choice)
b) speaker-independent speech recognition as you find it on your smartphone.
Call Centre apps have got limited vocabularies but recognition is quite good if you stay on the topic (and don't go on a tangent on the ills of Consumerism or something!).
Smartphone apps have got huge vocabularies that cover the most common words in a language, but don't work very well because recognition is not context-dependent. You may indeed be talking about the ills of Consumerism or sending your beloved a kiss.
A live test among the participants of this sessions showed that "Salford" cannot and will not ever be recognised - alas!
Quickfire creative brainstorm to explore how we can use social media to help the homeless. Session ideas, photos and video on link below.
After the 'BBC CoceLab' hoax the day before, Alan shares some free resources that can be found online to promote the study of computing
by Dan Hardiker
Amateur video found here: http://vimeo.com/29281660
Dan Hardiker at BarCamp Media City demonstrating how he is hacking the Kinect for use with Agile Scrum/ Kanban style wall boards.
Dan is using Kinect Wallboards project being developed by Atlassian (labs.atlassian.com/wiki/display/KINECT/Home).
17th–18th September 2011