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What does speech recognition technology allow disabled people to do?

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What could future interaction with computers be like?

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What's the purpose of speech recognition technology?

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Much of the early research leading to the development of speech activation and recognition technology was funded by NSF and the Defense Department's DARPA.

This technology has helped computer users with physical disabilities in their use of and abilityspaceto communicate via computers and e-mail as well as to control other devices. space

Much of the initial research, performed with NSF funding, was conducted in the 1980s. This research led to further product development from Dragon, AT&T, IBM and other companies.

Continuing research
spaceNSF continues to fund ongoing research that focuses on ways to develop natural interactions with computers using

spaceThis eventually will move beyond data entry to actual interactive dialogue with data access and interactive problem solving.spaceGrowth in this area continues and demand from the public is strong.

While problems still exist, it is estimated tens of thousands of users are now benefiting from this technology.

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