Voice Recognition Leaps Into Appliances

by Rael Dornfest

Related link: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/21/technology/circuits/21TALK.html

NYT reporter, Neil McManus, give his lamp, television set, and boombox a good talking to. "The training process can be pretty humbling. First of all, you are talking to a household appliance. Second, you are saying the same words over and over, hoping to get your point across. It's embarrassing when you say something important and somebody doesn't understand. It's even more embarrassing when that somebody is your toaster."