Monday, March 12, 2007

Nintendo considering speech recognition for Wii



Nintendo is considering implementing speech recognition technology into Wii games, according to the company´s middleware developer Takeshi Shimada. NintendoWorldReport has attended a GDC session hosted by him and summarize the contents of his speech:

He highlighted a development tool called NintendoWare, developed by Nintendo and HAL, that emulates Wii hardware on the PC so that artists can view an accurate representation of their special effects without loading their code onto a Wii development kit. He also noted that his group is working on easy-to-incorporate fur-shading middleware and predictive input (so the game can guess what you're about to do based on prior motion). NCL is also looking into the utility of text-to-speech for Wii.




There have been both rumours and patents suggesting some kind of speech recognition and conversion technology in the past. Taken alongside the recent microphone rumour below, this makes perfect sense.

Source: NintendoWorldReport
Thanks to: Kairon, Ziran

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I cannot see anything regarding speech-recognition there. Text-to-speech is quite the opposite...

Falafelkid said...

Text-to-speech or vice versa, Nintendo has patented both. I also believe that the developer (or editor) simply mixed up the words and was talking about Speech-to-text (the use of Text-to-speech is quite limited).

Amar said...

talking about patents, dont know if its old but here is the one related to the wiimote... there are some interesting pics...

http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=2&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PG01&s1=nintendo.AS.&OS=AN/nintendo&RS=AN/nintendo

Anonymous said...

the links ^

http://www.armleg.com/mozlapunkmessag/viewtopic.php?t=5833&mforum=mozlapunkmessag

Carmine "Cai" M. Red said...

I don't think the developer got his terms mixed up. I think he was mentioning the technology as something they had previously worked on for Cooking Navi, that DS cookbook in japan.

~Carmine "Cai" M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

Ph15h said...

Nintendo already used text in its Mario Party Game and its "Hey You, Pikachu Game", why not with the Wii?

Games would be more immersive, but a draw back is that people cannot perform multiple tasks while playing the games.

The use for a microphone has been in the form of singular use. Mario Party had specific mini-games that required nothing but the microphone. Hey You Pikachu used basic button presses along with the microphone.

I want to see it go into production, but how can you speak, press buttons, and move the Wii Remote Around at the same time? It would over complicate the process of enjoying a game.

Text-to-speech would be great. Using text to speech in channels like the Forecast and News Channels would create a real sense of information distribution.

Yes, text-to-speech is limited, but if the text that was to be read came from a Nintendo distribution, there would be less hindrance or effect on its ability to read.

on another note, predictive motions would be kind of weird...

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