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