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Writing, talking software gets real

Motorola ports handwriting and speech recognition software to the OS-9 real-time operating system from Microware.

Motorola (MOT) announced today that it has ported handwriting and speech recognition software to the OS-9 real-time operating system from Microware (MWAR).

By moving the Motorola software to OS-9, manufacturers will now be able to include handwriting and speech recognition capabilities in consumer items such as personal digital assistants, smart phones, and set-top Internet access devices that use embedded operating systems. OS-9 is already being used in Mitsubishi's Internet-enabled TV, and other devices like it could conceivably use voice recognition to navigate the Web.

Developers now have an opportunity to design small consumer products with smart user interfaces, the company said in a statement. The result will be more intuitive interfaces running on an operating system with low memory requirements.