Voicing a new alternative to computerized information
gathering, Motorola, Inc. today introduced VoxML, Voice Markup Language,
designed to enable access of online content from any telephone.
Using VoxML, software developers and Internet content providers can write
voice applications to help users access content using natural voice
dialogue, the company said. Depending on the application, users can request
or deliver information via the telephone using VoxML.
Motorola said that users can access online information about personal
banking, weather forecasts, sports scores, stock quotes and internal
company information over wireless phones, wireline phones or computers
using natural voice commands.
“VoxML will revolutionize the way people access online information and Web
content,” said Maria
Martinez, Motorola ICSD General Manager and Vice President. “This language
enables developers to leverage their existing Web application skills to tap
into new distribution
channels and reach emerging markets and revenue streams.”
Companies already using the VoxML include The Weather Channel, CBS
MarketWatch.com, Traffic Station Group, Biztravel.com, astrology.net and
SmartRoute. These companies
have been able to write voice applications in a matter of days, Motorola
said, leveraging their existing skills to bring their customized content
from the Web to the mobile user.
Motorola is jumping into a burgeoning industry, as studies predict that the
speech-enabled services market will grow to $3.4 billion by 2003.