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of the early research leading to the development of speech activation
and recognition technology was funded by NSF and the Defense Department's
This technology has helped computer users with physical
disabilities in their use of and abilityto
communicate via computers and e-mail as well as to control other devices.
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.
continues to fund ongoing research that focuses on ways to develop natural
interactions with computers using speech.
eventually will move beyond data entry to actual
interactive dialogue with data access and interactive problem solving.Growth
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.