Opera gets to talking

Posted on Tuesday, July 27 2004 @ 15:31 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Opera Software today announced the delivery of its Opera Browser 7.55 for Windows, to be used in conjunction with the IBM Multimodal Toolkit for WebSphere Studio, an Eclipse-based tool designed to help speed development of speech-enabled applications in devices such as smartphones, handhelds and automobiles.

Within the IBM Multimodal Tools, Opera Browser allows a multimodal application to display graphical Web pages while enabling speech input and output using IBM's Embedded ViaVoice engine. The toolkit enables developers to builld multimodal applications for devices from low resource PDAs to high resource in-vehicle solutions, using the industry standards-based markup language, XHTML+Voice, that combines XHTML and VoiceXML.

"The Web is being integrated into all sorts of embedded devices and machinery and the integration of voice with data is a natural evolution," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Through our efforts with IBM, we hope to enable developers to quickly get their applications talking."

Opera's own speech-enabled browser version, 7.6 for Windows, is on track to be released later this year.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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