Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Speak Your Mobile Text Message - Soon?

If you like sending text messages but don't like typing or "thumbing" them on that tiny cell phone keypad, you are not alone. And if Nuance Communications has its way you may be dictating your text messages soon.

To showcase its Mobile Dictation solution last week, Nuance challenged Guinness Book world champion texter, teenager Ben Cook, to a public man-versus-machine duel. The speech solution prevailed handily, completing a 160-character standardized message in 16.32 seconds. Cook's time was 42.22 seconds.

But hold your horses; this technology is still in trials with the phone companies. So until you can speak your text message, try using a QWERTY keyboard cell phone, or brush up on your text message shorthand.