Multimedia Searching: Speechbot is No Longer Available

Speechbot is no more.

Speechbot was an experimental web-based tool from HP Labs (and before that Compaq) that used voice-recognition to create seachable keyword transcripts from thousands of hours of audio content and then allowed the searcher to listen to the material online and read the computer generated transcript.

The database went offline last week. We’ve learned that Speechbot was shutdown after HP closed their Cambridge Research Lab. Some of the researchers have gone on to Intel and Nokia. Here’s a screen cap of the site from 2004.

Feel like reminiscing about Speechbot?
Take a look at this public relations story from 2003.

+ Speechbot began in 1999.
+ “By early June 2003, the seven-member group, based at HP’s Cambridge Research Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass. (USA) had catalogued more than 17,000 hours of multimedia content.”

Thanks to M.A. and Dan G. for their help on this one.

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