Summary: Computer companies are actively working to develop vocal technology which may in the long term render keyboards and mice obsolete. Speaking at the Comdex computer fair in Las Vegas, Nevada, Charles Hemphill of Conversational Computing, a company specialising in the vocal control of computers, indicated that the challenge is now to replace the cursor with conversational parameters.

Dictation could eventually replace typing of documents through voice recognition. Researchers working on this ground-breaking technology say the voice is a infinitely more natural and practical medium than a keyboard and mouse. Voice recognition is of great interest to the entire computer industry, since it promises to open up the Asian market to personal computers. At present, the keyboard remains an obstacle to the widespread adoption of computers in countries with alphabets that necessitate the use of large, unwieldy...

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