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ASR & Gesture Control All Set To Change The Paradigm Of Human-Computer Communication


Human-Computer CommunicationUntil now written language has been the only effective way of human-computer communication. It is not the low level machine language or the high level programming languages, we are talking about. It is all about computing devices understanding human languages. For example, algorithms in search engines are capable of understanding text typed in search fields. This is how they fetch results when a keyword search is performed. In an effort to take it further, the industry introduced the speech recognition technology. Just by speaking into the mobile devices, it is possible to make them perform tasks. Today, companies like Flutter has taken it even further by developing gesture control technologies.

Current Scenario

The way we interact with computing devices is getting better by the day. Today, mobile devices are capable of recognizing speech. Game consoles like the Xbox are capable of recognizing body gestures. Although current forms of speech recognition and gesture recognition are primitive, the use of these technologies in improved form may soon change the way we use our smartphones and tablets.

Has the industry achieved any progress in making smart devices smarter? A quick glance at the happenings in the industry will reveal more about this.

Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR)

When the first speech recognition devices arrived at the market, people were overwhelmed with the capabilities of technology. However soon they realized that speech recognition feature did not perform up to their expectations. The process of interpreting human speech in a computer is quite complex. The main goal of speech recognition is to get efficient ways for humans to communicate with computers. However spoken language greatly differs from the written. Spoken language is less complex in the grammatical point of view. Errors are common in spoken language and humans rarely notice them during conversations.

Computing devices on the other hand are incapable of neglecting the errors. Also the difference in accents, spoken style, hesitations, redundant words, slip of the tongue, and other flaws have made it impossible to perfect ASR until now. Researchers are still working hard to find an effective solution to make automatic speech recognition (ASR) work better.

Alternative to ASR

Voice isn’t the only way to communicate. In fact, body language can express more than what words do. This is what the industry is now trying to capitalize on. Flutter is a software company that has been specializing on the gesture control technologies. The company had been successful in making the dream a reality. The gesture control technology from Flutter supports a wide range of media platforms including Google chrome, Netflix, and iTunes among others. Lately the company has also been eyeing on expanding the technology to production market.

Technology In The Hands Of Pioneer

Google recently acquired Flutter a technology firm that has been involved in developing gesture recognition. Flutter had been using the technology to enable users in controlling movies and music using hand gestures. Although it is not uncommon for Google to buy small tech firms, experts believe in that there is a strong motive behind the acquisition of Flutter. If their predictions are right, Google will use this gesture recognition technology to power mobile devices in the near future.


Now that Google has the technology, experts feel that the giant would soon improve it and use it in mobile devices. With growing popularity of mobile devices and android apps, Google has been lately focusing on mobile technologies. While Microsoft already has its own gesture control technology, which is used in its game console Xbox, Google will certainly implement gesture control in a big way. With all said and done, all we can do as of now is wait and watch until the dream comes true.

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