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Speech Recognition/Synthesis Cell Phone

"You're breaking up."
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We all know how frustrating it is to talk on a cell phone when reception is poor and your words get mangled.

Here is a simple solution: As soon as reception is so poor that your conversation partner starts to "break up", the phone automatically switches to low reception emergency mode.

A speech recognition program converts your words into text. The text is transmitted to your partner's phone, which has a speech synthesis program that converts it back into words.

The advantage: Text requires *a lot* less bandwith than sound, so this emergency mode should continue working even where reception is lousy, giving the caller enough time to walk to a spot with better reception without needing to stop the conversation.

kinemojo, Dec 21 2006

text<->speech as audio compression text_3c-_3espeech_2...audio_20compression
[xaviergisz, Dec 22 2006]

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       I get one bar of service here on the mountain, I can't send any text, let alone make a damn phone call.
Chefboyrbored, Dec 21 2006

       actually that's an interesting idea, one that I hadn't heard before, and I hear a lot of them +
theircompetitor, Dec 22 2006

       Nice idea [kinemojo]. It is predicated on the reliability of a technology (speech recognition) that isn't known for its reliability but if this problem were solved, I see no technical barrier on the telecoms side [+].
DocBrown, Dec 22 2006


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