Voice as the primary input for computing needs has been a technological shift that has not really taken place. But, with the shrinking of computing platforms and the power cramped into the shrunk gadgets, a viable solution may be just around the corner.

Speech as input

Although VoIP has ensured the optimum processes for the digitization and transfer of voice of the Web, the real pinnacle of mobile computing success will come when most of the functionalities that are possible only by jamming on the cramped and tiny keys of mobile devices can be comfortably accomplished via voice.

Companies are trying different approaches to the same problem. There is SpinVox, a voice-to-text converter service, which was recently rolled out to Skype users (Wired). Then there is the move by tech heavyweights to sharpen the voice interfaces to their services and extra features. Two cases in point are Google’s GOOG411 (destinationCRM) and Microsoft’s use of TellMe for voice navigation (MarketingVOX).

Speech input is not mainstream yet

There are inherent advantages to the technique of converting voice to text. This makes the voice messages searchable, indexable and more readily archivable. Speech recognition engines have also long been packaged with various applications. It is obvious that speech will play a more pivotal role in enhancing user experience over mobile media.

Have speech tools enhanced your computing experience? If so, how?