US carrier AT&T’s research department has spent over almost twenty years developing its Watson speech and language engine, which results in translating words into text. The carrier is now planning to release a number of Watson APIs for developers in June. The first APIs will be focused around seven different areas: web search, local business search, Q&A, voice mail to text, SMS, AT&T’s U-verse video programming guide, a general-purpose dictation API. The developers will now be able to plug AT&T’s Watson APIs into their apps to more easily include voice recognition features. The carrier along with this is also planning to release an SDK, calling it as the Speech Kit. The SDK will allow developers to create software that captures spoken words and sends them into a network for transcription.
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