Meeting Recorder: Portable Speech Recognition
Why Meeting Recorder?
The goal of the project is to produce a portable device that
records meetings in real-time and generates a searchable record.
Users can annotate and correct the transcripts using voice and pen
input. Later, they can retrieve records based on spoken and textual
Why Not Written Notes?
- Unreadable Handwriting
Often, written notes are illegible. This becomes
even more of a problem as time passes - notes that were comprehensible
when written become indecipherable after a few weeks.
- Detracts From Listening
It can be very difficult to take notes and pay
close attention to the meeting at the same time. Many people find that
they can take notes or they can listen closely, but not both.
- Incomplete Record
It is almost impossible to record a meeting in its
entirety. Frequently, important points and data are missing from the
- Hard to Search
Written notes provide no support for searching and
indexing. Finding particular information is very difficult.
Why Not A Tape Recorder?
- Hard to Annotate
With written notes, adding arbitrary annotations (underlining,
circling, diagrams, doodles) is trivial. It is much more difficult to
provide synchronized annotations with a tape recorder.
- Playback Can Be Disruptive
One cannot play back a tape recording during a meeting without
disturbing the other participants. Also, one cannot play back and
- Too Much Data
Recording an entire meeting via tape produces a very large amount
of extraneous data.
- Hard to Search
As with written notes, a tape recording of a meeting cannot easily
be indexed and searched.
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