Project Hawaii bringing optical character recognition, speech-to-text

Microsoft Research’s “Project Hawaii“, which aims to develop and improved cloud-based mobile services, is reportedly developing optical character recognition and speech-to-text software for Windows Phone 7.

According to CNET Asia:

The first two services–Relay Service and Rendezvous Service–are currently available with the SDK released January 25. These will enable mobile apps to communicate directly with each other via a relay point in the cloud.

The other two services, which will be available by the end of February, are Optical Character Recognition in the Cloud and Speech to Text. The former would be able to identify text from a picture of a road sign, while Speech to Text does exactly what its name says: It coverts spoken words into English text.

We reported on Project Hawaii’s inception back when it was using Windows Mobile 6.5, but the focus now appears to be firmly on WP7.

via – thanks once again to Saijo George.

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