Oslo-based Opera Software announced Tuesday that the company is developing a new Internet browser that will let users execute commands by talking to their computers. Bugs remain, but Opera thinks its project will strike a receptive chord with users.
Opera, which just went public last month, is tuning up for the new venture with IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice technology but the project appears to be at its infancy. Opera wouldn’t say when it hopes to actually launch the new browser.
The idea is to incorporate the browser with the voice technology so that users can navigate, request information and even fill in Web forms simply by talking to the computer.
“Voice is the most natural and effective way we communicate,” said Christen Krogh, vice president for engineering. “In the years to come it will greatly facilitate how we interact with technology.”
He claimed Opera’s move to make this technology available for the wider Web audience will enable “the serious work of voice-enabling the Web” to begin.
Opera Software ASA has been an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, iTV and vertical markets.