T2 Goes Walkabout

Vocollect gives us something to talk about with its latest contribution to wearable computing technology, the Talkman T2 — and it's not just the name winning hearts. Speech recognition takes a tour...

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By  Kate Concannon Published  September 11, 2001

US company Vocollect has introduced its latest contribution to wearable computing technology, the new Talkman — affectionately known, and not just to the bunch of us delivering this news item, as T2.

Using advanced speech recognition and speech synthesis technology, the T2 terminal provides real-time communication with logistics, manufacturing and business systems. The wireless, voice powered unit is worn on the belt and, by allowing eyes- and hands-free operation, increases the user’s mobility, accuracy and efficiency.

A sleek, ergonomically designed and lightweight body (less than 500g) combined with the BlueStreak speech recognition system makes using the Talkman T2 easy conversation. The terminal, in turn, communicates with the host system. The unit is set within a sealed enclosure that makes it effective for use even in wet and humid environments.

“This product is going to make a huge impact in the way we do business,” said Larry Baldauf of Giant Eagle Inc, which recently integrated the Talkman T2 into operations at its refrigerated warehouse. It is estimated that Vocollect installed products execute more than 15 million voice transactions a day. A lot of talk, and yet a wearable to be reckoned with.

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