p2p news / p2pnet: You’re a programmer, but you’ve had an accident which has left you paralyzed, perhaps. And it means you can’t work anymore.
An unpleasant scenario, but for some people, it’s very real.
Or perhaps you’ve developed the carpal tunnel syndrome. Or maybe you’re just plain lazy.
If any of the above fits, a new open source Canadian speech recognition application is being developed to let you write good code —– without ever touching your keyboard.
The VoiceCode project was launched in March, 2000, to develop efficient programming-by-voice tools, to allow programmers to write, edit, navigate and debug code through a voice interface, says Canada’s National Research Council.
"VoiceCode is finally in a state where people can use it to do real work in Python and C/C++," says the NRC’s Alain Désilets. "The system is still fairly hard to install, but the development team believes users will find the effort worthwhile."
It’s GNU General Public Licensed and you can download the VoiceCode package here, where you’ll also find admin and other details.
There’s also a demo movie here that was presented at the CHI 2006 (Computer Human Interaction conference) in Montreal, this month.