Have you heard about voice browsing?. Nowadays it is a rapidly growing field. It is because the utilization of cell phones is increasing at a very high rate; when compared to connected PCs. speaking and Listening are the natural modes of communication and data gathering. As a result we are currently heading towards a more voice based approach of browsing rather than operating on textual mode.
A Voice Browser is a “device that interprets a (voice) markup language. And is capable of generating voice output and/or interpreting voice input, and other input/output modalities.” The information that the system uses is dynamic and comes somewhere from the internet. From the view of an end-user; the impetus is to provide a service like what graphical browsers of HTML and related technologies do nowadays; but on devices that aren’t equipped with full-browsers or even the screens to support them.
The mission of Voice Browser working Group’s is to support browsing the internet by voice. The internet is much more than just the web pages you can see. It’s also the web pages you can hear and speak to. while end users are usually familiar with interacting with visual HTML websites rendered in their browser of choice, several users may be surprised to understand that nowadays they often interact with the voice internet through VoiceXML (VXML). And other technologies developed and standardized by the Voice Browser working group.
The Aim of the Voice Browser working group is to enable users to speak. And listen to internet applications by creating standard languages for developing Web-based speech applications. This working group concentrates on languages for capturing and producing speech and managing the conversation between user and computer system, while a related cluster, the Multimodal Interaction working group, works on additional input modes including ink and pen, keyboard and mouse, etc.
Voice browsing can be examined under three levels, to understand it better in its current form:
This is the primary level in examining the technique of voice browsing. The simplest method of understanding the voice browser and the voice web would be to take the net itself into consideration. The technology of voice browsing has brought down the cost significantly, since earlier it would cost a rupee per minute for human operators to speak to customers while 10paise per minute for an automated call. Voice browsing also has its use in the corporate sector especially in banks and airlines.
Voice browsing the World Wide Web:
This is the second level through which we will examine the voice browsing technique. we can browse the websites through voice which provide voice portals. in order to maintain client loyalty these portals provide voice browsing of private content.
The Voice Web:
The level three is the voice web. Several companies have introduced forums for programmers for setting up voice sites so as to enhance the interest in voice browsing and speech recognition. The forums further become voice webs that sprout voice auction sites and voice based chat rooms.