tazti, Brian Wilson, & Sellsius Real Estate

I’m sitting at my desk listening to Brian Wilson’s song “Love & Mercy” on iTunes.  This song stands out in several ways.  It’s part of the soundtrack to the movie Orange County, a thoroughly enjoyable movie in which I first saw Jack Black.  While of more recent vintage, the song hearkens back in spirit to the strongest, most creative period of the Beach Boys.  Finally, it’s on Brian Wilson’s solo album entitled “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times”.

I think about this title.  Sometimes when you’re toiling away on a project for a long time, and you’re not sure of it’s reception you begin to think if it’s worth it, if people will get it.  If we’re ahead of our time.  We went through this with tazti.  Releasing software that just doesn’t have any parallel is kind of like writing an album – you have no idea if it will sink or swim, even if you have the greatest confidence in it, and put every last ounce of effort into making it as good as possible.  So it’s always nice to get feedback that people get it.  That people appreciate the work of our hands.  We got this kind of feedback today.

Team tazti would like to give a big thank you to Joseph Ferrara over at the Sellsius° Real Estate Blog for his very kind, and detailed blog entry on tazti.  (Tazti.com has already picked up some traffic  from Sellsius)  It’s clear from Jospeh’s blog that  he gets  tazti.  Not only does he get the software,  but from his comments  about  our video  he understands the power of images  and video to convey  new ideas and paradigms.  Thanks Joseph!  Joseph has a great blog, you should check it out – it’s main emphasis is on real estate, and he also talks a lot about about tech and other cool stuff.

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Examples Using tazti

Using speech recognition is often not an intuitive exercise for people.  For this reason we created a demo video explaining and demonstrating how to use tazti. We recently noticed an uptick in the views of the demonstration video for tazti.  It looks like people are organically finding it.  We highly recommend looking at the video to get a sense of the capabilities of tazti, and also for examples how to perform searches and use some of the other features.   

New Version Of tazti Released

Today we end the veil of secrecy and announce the release of the new version of tazti speech recognition.  A long time in the brewing, we think it’s one of the coolest, most unique apps out there.  We’ve taken the basic functionality of tazti that let you search the internet using speech recognition, and included new features that let you control the iTunes music player, Facebook and MySpace, and import your bookmarks from Delicious and web browsers and make custom commands out of them, and search your browsers’ bookmarks.  Over the next month we’ll blog on the new features, talking about what they do, tips and tricks on how to use, discuss why we included them, and talk about where we think tazti and speech recognition generally is going.

For now, though, a deep breath before the plunge.  As the late Shannon Hoon sang, “All my friends patronize me, And they say yo hey boy! Have you found what you’re looking for?”.  We think that after you download tazti, you’ll be able to say: “yeah”.

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On And On And On

Just a quick note from team tazti as we continue to plug away creating the coolest, sweetest voice recognition concept yet.  The march continues on and on and on….  Further details soon.

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Just Can’t Get Enough

Some songs just hold up well.  In the early (less depressed) days of the band, Depeche Mode released Just Can’t Get Enough, an unusually bouncy, upbeat tune.  Finding refuge on WOXY vintage, and sprinkled across YouTube, it’s been worked and reworked over the years.  The title strikes me this particular evening as we keep getting requests for our beta release.  I mentioned in the last post that we got a lot of good feedback from the beta, however, as posted on the tazti website, the official beta has closed.  We will consider special requests for downloads, but in general people will have to wait for the next incarnation of tazti.

I Shall Not Be Moved

Another late night, the strains of Mississippi John Hurt singing “I Shall Not Be Moved” float across out of the office jukebox (i.e. the server playing iTunes).  While the music may be Blues, the mood here definitely isn’t.  We got great feedback from our Beta, and we’re working hard to incorporate the feedback into the next release.

Besides iTunes, some of us also use Pandora, a very neat concept which attempts to categorize music according to “genomic” traits which are then used to predict what sort of music you like according to the music you’ve already told the program you like.  This system depends less on genre, or specific bands to predict your tastes, and it has remarkable success in its recommendations.  The really neat thing about Pandora is that it’s also available as a Facebook application. The proliferation of Facebook apps is quite astounding, and it seems to be just getting started.  The whole Facebook API model is very clever – essentially they’re letting their user community create additional value for the platform, and this success has not been unnoticed.  I read this week that both Google & Yahoo perceive Facebook as sufficiently threatening that they are adding social networking to their mail applications.  How this all plays out going forward will be interesting, given Microsoft’s advertising deal with Facebook, and more recently their purchase of a $240 million dollar stake in Facebook.

With all the focus on the social networking space (Facebook, MySpace, Xanga etc.), we think that a lot of cool things are not getting the press they deserve…particularly the Ford Focus, whose TV commercials have been cleverly touting integrated speech recognition to control the stereo.  As soon as we give ourselves a raise, we’ll be heading over to the local Ford dealer to buy a small fleet to test it out.  Kudos to Detroit – and Ford in particular – for putting themselves on the line with speech recognition.

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Independence Day For Tazti

For the 4th of July, the tazti team took some time off to see Heart with 15,000 of our closest friends, for a retro blast from the past.  Between “Barracuda” and an incredible cover of The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me”, we had a chance to review the latest progress on tazti.

We’ve been attracting some blog attention. First off, Rick Maybury in the UK listed tazti in his PC top tips.  Besides his blog, Rick also writes for newspaper The Telegraph.

On Tuesday, Warner Crocker reviewed tazti at gottabemobile.com.  He’s planning on writing a more extensive review aka an “inkshow”.  Stay tuned for more on this.

Today we discovered that Frank Garcia gave us the thumbs up as well.  He has tazti running on a Samsung Q1 Ultra Mobile Tablet PC running Vista.  Way to go Frank!

We’re also reviewing some of the feedback we’re receiving from our fanatical beta testers.  If you have a suggestion, or feedback, feel free to drop us a line via the feedback page at the tazti website.

More soon.

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Our First Post

Welcome to blog tazti. Our plan is to give our unique perspective on the current state and future of voice/speech recognition and search, in all it’s various flavors. Yes, we will diverge from time to time, but we’ll do our best to make it interesting and different.

‘We’ are the co-founders of Voice Tech Group, Inc., a company that designs, programs, and markets voice recognition search / voice recognition local search software, in particular a product called “tazti” for which this blog is named. Feel free to download tazti from http://www.tazti.com and send us your feedback. tazti is free, so all it will cost is the time for the download. Oh, and to clear up any confusion, “tazti” is pronounced like the word “tasty”.

We like to try and think outside of the box, and that describes how we came to create tazti. We observed that there was a gap in voice recognition search. We ended up creating something that was quite unlike anything that exists, and beyond the initial goal we set for ourselves when we started the project well over 5 years ago. What we ended up with is something that works with Vista, XP, Win2k, and on tablets, UMPCs, Desktops and notebooks.

How did we get to this point, and where are going to go? That’s part of what we’re going to explore in future posts.

-team tazti