Since the 2025 Customer Challenge last fall, I have been interested in the current state of speech interfaces, especially how they could be exposed to browser-based web applications. I put some of my research into presentation format and presented Introduction to Speech Interfaces for Web Applications at both Twin Cities Code Camp and MinneBar in April. Here’s the abstract:
Speaking with your computing device is becoming commonplace. Most of us have used Apple’s Siri, Google Now, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Amazon’s Alexa - but how can you speak with your web application? The Web Speech API can enable a voice interface by adding both Speech Synthesis (Text to Speech) and Speech Recognition (Speech to Text) functionality.