Google’s Video Speech Recognition Baby Steps

It’s about time.

Google’s finally starting to use speech recognition for video search. I still don’t know why it hasn’t just acquired Blinkx and owned the market. Compared to YouTube, Blinkx would be a bargain, and they could monetize it better.

Anyway, the rollout could hardly be more limited. It’s only for political speeches, and worse yet, you have to add a Google Gadget to even use it. Find out more on the official Google blog. I’ve only tried it briefly and it works well enough, but it’s hardly pioneering. For another good video search example, see what Reuters Labs is doing with Viewdle’s face recognition technology, or check ClipBlast, VeoTag, or Pixsy.

Thanks to my colleague Izzy for the link, originally in the Atlantic Monthly.