It has been argued that the single biggest limiting factor in personal computer utilization is the user interface. While processing speed and memory have exploded over the past decades, most people still peck away at keyboards, entering text the same way and at the same rate they did 30 years ago. Although the Graphical User Interface has greatly reduced the need for text entry in system and application commands, the keyboard is still king when it comes to the entry of textual content. And, since content is largely what people depend upon computers and the Internet for, the need for a more efficient way to get information from the human brain to the computer is a long established quest.

At the top of the interface wish-list is Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), the ability to turn speech into written text, Although companies have been working at speech recognition for many years, the technology is now finally approaching the point where its full potential is within reach. Recent breakthroughs now allow accurate ASR speeds of up to 160 words per minute, making it realistic to apply the technology where it has never been used before. The development could save time and money for medical, legal, and government agencies alone, and is already revolutionizing things like voicemail and mobile messaging.

Advanced Voice Recognition Systems (AVOI.OB) is an Arizona company whose technology was first introduced at a 1994 industry trade show. The company has a patent based upon word tagging and editing technology for speech recognition that may cover many ASR market participants. The potential for licensing revenue is unknown. The company’s strategy is to pursue license agreements and/or strategic relationships with other companies.

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