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November 17, 1997updated 03 Sep 2016 7:45pm

ART ADDS VOICE AND HANDWRITING RECOGNITION TO WINDOWS CE

By CBR Staff Writer

Chatsworth, California-based Advanced Recognition Technologies Inc is advancing its goal of making human input into computers and electronic devices easier with the release of both its voice recognition and handwriting recognition software for Windows CE 2.0, the latest release of Microsoft Corp’s cut-down operating system for hand-held devices. It has added voice command and control facilities to Windows CE 2.0 with smARTcommand and smARTcontact, which work in conjunction with handheld devices with built-in microphones, such as those recently announced by Philips Electronics NV, NEC Corp, Casio Computer Co, Hewlett- Packard Co and Sharp Corp. smARTcommand enables users to speak simple commands in their normal language and accent, to launch commonly used applications such as word processing. The smART command engine has a patented built-in noise filter, to filter out background noises. smARTcontact offers voice-enabled contact information, so saying a person’s name will bring up his or her phone number and email address. If the user says ‘dial’, the program will dial the contact phone number using DTMF dial tones through a built-in speaker, or the command ‘e-mail’ will launch Internet Explorer email and fill in the email address field. The company, which has a wholly-owned subsidiary in Israel, ART Ltd, has also launched its handwriting recognition software, smARTwriter, for CE 2.0, an enhanced version of its earlier software which it claims takes only five minutes to train, and will then recognize handwriting in all languages and scripts, regardless of where the user writes on the screen. smARTscribble adds a color drawing tool for the handheld device, which captures images exactly as they are drawn on the screen. To round off the company’s offerings for Windows CE 2.0 there is a smARTspeak Software Developer’s Kit available to enable developers to add voice command and control to their Windows CE applications. The new software will be available on December 15. The voice recognition utilities will also be bundled with Casio’s new Cassiopeia A-20 handheld computer, under a strategic partnership agreement between the two companies.

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