General Magic announced what it hopes will be a robust voice recognition technology for its voice-based email and news service.
MagicTalk will act as the "voice" of General Magic's upcoming network, dubbed Serengeti, allowing it to read back email, news, and stock information to subscribers over the phone, according to the company. Serengeti, which will also be accessible through a Web site, is targeted at the mobile small business market.
MagicTalk features a "personality" capable of some 5,000 responses to more than 1 million different phrases, General Magic said. The technology
doesn't require the extensive speaker training that most voice recognition services involve, it added.
For example, a user can say to Serengeti: "Read my messages," "Get my messages," "Do I have any messages," or most any other variation of that command, and the service will access the user's voice mail messages, the company claims.