A while back I got an email from a representative from Callwave, inviting me to use their new service. The basic idea behind their voicemail service, called vtxt, involves using voice recognition on your voicemail in order to send you a text message with a summary of the audio message.
Here’s how it’s supposed to work. Say for example you get a message from your Mom that’s very wordy, but she’s just really trying to get you to call her back:
Actual example message:
“Hi, This is Mom, I really want to talk to you so please call me back at 503 555 1212”
vtxt example translation:
“Hi, This is Mom, call me at 5035551212”
BUT, the vtxt speech recognition has a long way to go. Here are two actual messages and translations that vtxt has done for me recently:
Actual message from Josh:
“Hi this is Josh, call me”
“Hi, this is Josh, don’t call me”
What?! The Callwave service totally screwed that one up. Talk about technology having the power to fracture personal relationships 🙂
Here’s another message, this time from my buddy Michael:
“Hey this is Mike, just calling to see if you want to go on a bike ride”
“…call us if you wanna go to my grad later.”
Heh – Michael graduated college about two years ago 🙂
So as you can see, Callwave’s speech recognition has a long way to come before it’s personally useful. I know it’s a hard thing to do with less than acceptable audio from cell phones and what not. It’s pretty fun to see what funky text messages come across. Thank goodness I can call in and get the actual message.