Texas Instruments' new Vision for Voice contest asks individuals to submit a short video that describes a specific VoIP product, improvement to a current voice technology, or a new voice technology they would like to see within the next 20 years. Viewers can watch the submitted videos on TI's Vision for Voice Web site and vote for their favorite. A panel of judges will select contest winners from the ten finalist videos that received the most viewer votes. TI will give one grand prize winner a 56" Samsung HD DLP TV with 1080p resolution. Three runner-up entrants will receive Slacker portable Internet radios. The contest ends May 13, 2008.
In the following video, the entrant suggested voice enabled search for Web sites.While attending VoiceCon Orlando 2008, I stopped by the Texas Instruments booth, where they were busy filming entries for the contest. I decided not to submit a video, but was captivated by TI's idea. When it comes to VoIP technology, TI isn't the first company that comes to my mind. I assume TI hopes to change that fact with this contest.
According to a March 18, 2008 press release, "TI designs voice solutions that address the real-world challenges manufactures and consumers face," said Brian Glinsman, general manager of TI's communications infrastructure and voice group. Glinsman believes the Vision for Voice contest gives TI "the opportunity to hear from customers and end users alike about what innovations they envision for voice" and helps ensure TI is "responding to their needs and working toward making their vision a reality".Whether you're an IT professional, technology enthusiast, or IT power user, I encourage you to share your ideas in this post's discussion thread or take the plunge and enter TI's contest. If you win, I expect an invite to watch your new TV.
Bill Detwiler has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.