Tazti – Free Speech Recognition Software for Web Search and iTunes
Tazti (pronounced as “tasty”) is free speech recognition software for Windows that lets you search the web, control iTunes, and browse social websites like Facebook or MySpace using voice commands.
Tazti cannot replace Naturally Speaking Dragon since it cannot do dictation, but the fact that it is completely free can appeal to people who want to surf the web hands-free as much as possible.
For example, when you say “search on google” or “search on flickr”, it takes you to the appropriate search engine in your browser. Your next order will be treated as the search query. If you’re looking for something unusual, say “spell google search” and then spell the word character by character.
You can also create custom voice commands and associate them with hyperlinks, software, or any other file on the desktop. Here is a video demo of Tazti:
As with any other speech recognition software, you must also train Tazti. If several people use the same computer, they will need to create separate profiles.
The software did not work on my Vista machine due to a missing Visual Basic component, so I am unable to comment on the accuracy of the speech recognition, but will update it once the issue is resolved. In the meantime, share your experiences with Tazti in the comments.