Investigating microphone efficacy for facilitation of mobile speech-based data entry

Joanna Lumsden, Irina Kondratova, Scott Durling

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Despite being nominated as a key potential interaction technique for supporting today's mobile technology user, the widespread commercialisation of speech-based input is currently being impeded by unacceptable recognition error rates.
Developing effective speech-based solutions for use in mobile contexts, given the varying extent of background noise, is challenging. The research presented in this paper is part of an ongoing investigation into how best to incorporate speechbased input within mobile data collection applications.
Specifically, this paper reports on a comparison of three different commercially available microphones in terms of their efficacy to facilitate mobile, speech-based data entry. We describe, in detail, our novel evaluation design as well as the results we obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeople and computers XXI HCI...but not as we know it
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of HCI 2007 : the 21st British HCI Group annual conference
EditorsLinden J. Ball, M. Angela Sasse, Corina Sas, Thomas C. Ormerod, Alan Dix, Peter Bagnall, Tom McEwan
PublisherBritish Computer Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-902505-94-7, 978-1-902505-95-4
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event21st British HCI Group annual conference - University of Lancaster, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sept 20077 Sept 2007


Conference21st British HCI Group annual conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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