- May 17, 2007
The last thing I want is to be a spokesman
I live in a dead spot in my cell phone network (Verizon)
I also work several times a week underground (in BART)
As a result, I often do not get voicemail notifications for hours, occasionally a day or two after someone leaves me a message.
I do, however, have internet connections at both places.
So I spent some time on Google, and found a service which will email you a transcript of every voicemail you receive.
I signed up for a free trial.
I don't know how much it costs, because it is a British company, and the price list is in pounds sterling. They are still in "beta" phase in US markets.
I have used computer transcript programs before. I was unimpressed. And this is with pre-voice-programming.
This new service needs to be able to work with any voice, any accent, over a telephone connection.
I was skeptical. But at least I would get notifications of new voicemails, whether or not the transcript was accurate.
I called my self to leave a test message. It was pretty long, so it cuts off abruptly toward the end.
Not only did it get almost every word right (including my first name, slang and sounds that aren't even real words) but the few wrong words its obvious what I meant - and it got the punctuation spot on too!! It recognized the intonation that means "question"
Here are the results, which were emailed to me a few minutes later:
You received a new voicemail from +15105315953:
In the future I promise to keep all corporate type advertising to a minimum on my blog. I am just so impressed with the technology.