Use Voice to Access Web Email, Calendar, Contacts, and Social Networks During a Phone Call with TokTok

Written on Thursday, March 05, 2009 by @nadiarizqi

Ditech Networks announced today that it is developing toktok, a new voice-enabled service to connect people with popular web productivity tools through one word spoken during a phone call. The service is being designed to instantly activate when ?toktok? is said during a phone call, eliminating the hassle and worry of dropping a call while manually checking availability or fumbling through a contact list. While you are still in phone conversation, toktok aims to enable you to schedule appointments, create new tasks, conference in others easily by voice command.

Using state of the art word recognition technology, Ditech is redefining what it means to be truly hands-free,? said Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi, former AT&T CTO and technical advisor for Ditech Networks. ?With over 15 years of experience improving the voice experience for consumers, Ditech is now utilizing its knowledge to further extend the power of the human voice. This is the beginning of a new era where people can use mobile applications in just about every situation.?

toktok is also being designed to include a Facebook application, ?Voice Poke?, which will show which members of a person?s online social network are on the phone, and allow ?whisper? messages to be sent directly into phone calls. These audio messages could be a request to join the conversation, a funny comment, or an important reminder. Future evolutions of the application could include the ability to deliver messages in celebrity voices, short music or movie clips, and more.

Ditech will be presenting toktok today at the eComm event at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel in Burlingame, CA. toktok will be available on an invite only basis later this spring.

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