SUDBURY, Mass., June 11 /PRNewswire/ — IBM has Certified the Voice Tracker™ Array Microphone for use with its ViaVoice speech recognition SW in moderately quiet environments. The Acoustic Magic Voice Tracker™ desktop array microphone is the only array microphone to be certified by the two leaders in speech recognition SW, IBM and Scansoft(for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking).
Enclosed in a sleek charcoal gray casing, the Voice Tracker™ fits unobtrusively under a computer monitor or on a conferencing stand and employs a “listening beam” that electronically follows talkers located in different positions around the room. The beam acts as an acoustic searchlight, picking up voices but spatially filtering out background noise. Because the device is freestanding, users are liberated from headsets and handheld dictating machines — allowing them to move around while dictating (speech recognition or digital recording) or talking (teleconferencing).
The Voice Tracker™ is the only array microphone on the market that can scan a full 180 degrees; it can steer from one talker to the next in a few milliseconds. Its eight microphone elements and digital noise reduction algorithms greatly enhance sound quality.
According to Acoustic Magic President and CEO Bob Feingold, the Voice Tracker™ is also proving useful in VoIP and conventional teleconferencing because of its long range, wide field of view, noise reduction, and echo elimination features. The Voice Tracker™ is a dual function microphone: users can talk to their computer (speech recognition) and through their computer (VoIP teleconferencing).
The Voice Trackertm microphone comes in two versions. The standard microphone plugs into a sound card, and the USB version allows direct connection of the Voice Tracker™ to the computer, bypassing the sound card and providing more consistent performance.
The standard version of the Voice Tracker™ retails for $249 and the USB version retails for $279 at the company’s on-line store www.Acoustic Magic.com and is available directly from the website or through leading Value Added Resellers.