Microsoft tests mobile speech search

There's no doubt that smartphones are handy, but sometimes those tiny keyboards are tough to navigate. (Just try texting on a cold winter morning without removing your gloves.)

Well, Microsoft is working on marrying Internet search with speech-recognition technology to help with information recall. Dr. Bill Crounse, Microsoft's senior director for Worldwide Health, explores this on his HealthBlog by interviewing Tim Paek, a company researcher who specializes in interactive voice-response systems.

"As I was watching Tim find things on his mobile phone, I couldn't help but think of how this might apply to busy clinicians looking for new lab results or other patient information while on the fly," Crounse writes.

For a demo of this emerging technology:
- watch this video of Paek on Crounse's blog