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Voice and tone recognition technology

While voice and tone recognition can be used to confirm a person’s identity, tone recognition can also be used to detect a person’s health or emotional state.

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What is it?

Voice recognition software is any technology that turns spoken word to written text. The first step in this process is for the computer to understand speech.

Many digital innovators have made use of this improvement in how computers understand speech to create things like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. These creations not only understand and turn speech to text, they also understand those speech as commands. So if I ask, Alexa to turn on my television, it will turn on the television.

What problem is it solving?

The predominant way most of us enter information into a computer is via a key board. This process is not only slow but is often times not convenient. By transforming speech to text, voice recognition technology solves the problem.

What can it be used for?

Voice recognition is used in the security industry to confirm a person's identity. It has also been used to detect a person's health and emotional state by recognising the tone of their voice.

This technology will continue to open new opportunities in security and healthcare through mobile applications and other software.

For example, a CSIRO research explored whether doctors and nurses can use voice recognition software to visualise and quickly understand hand-over notes.

Read more about Preliminary Evaluation of Speech Recognition for Capturing Patient Information at Nursing Shift Changes.

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What other future uses could there be?

How might voice and tone recognition technology be used in the future? Send us your most creative ideas by using the comments section.

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