Project Hawaii, is a research and academic outreach program sponsored by Microsoft Research in cooperation with 20 universities worldwide. Approx. 300 students at those universities are developing applications for Windows Phone 7 this semester as part of the program. Beginning today, they'll have another cloud service in their development arsenal: "Speech to Text Service".
"This new cloud service will enable Project Hawaii participants to expand their apps with options such as diction, transcription, and voice commands. Students will also be able to use the new service to integrate other complex applications, such as Microsoft Translator, into their development projects. There's one limitation: Speech to Text currently supports English only. There're no plans to expand into other languages at this time," explains Arjmand Samuel.
"In addition to making this service available to our Project Hawaii students, we're also releasing sample code from an app for WinP7 as part of the software development kit (SDK). This sample will allow users to speak into a phone and get transcribed text of their words in return. Plus, we'll be releasing an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) service for our Hawaii participants to use in the near future," Samuel revealed.