Speech Recognition for websites

An easy way to add Speech Recognition and Voice Commands to any website with a few lines of code

A website enhances your digital presence as well as functionality. And they are growing in numbers day by day and becoming sophisticated over time.

The startups are leveraging various tactics to establish their online market through stunning web designs and ultimate blogging frameworks.

Web designers are spending a great deal of their time mulling over out of the box ideas. They are continuously looking for creative and arresting designs and features to blend into their websites. However, there is a simple but attractive feature that many of them miss, and that is speech recognition.

What is Speech Recognition?

Speech recognition involves receiving speech through a device's microphone, which is then checked by a speech recognition service against a list of grammar (basically, the vocabulary you want to have recognised in a particular app.) When a word or phrase is successfully recognised, it is returned as a result (or list of results) as a text string, and further actions can be initiated as a result.

How to add Speech Recognition to your website

There are many articles on the internet on how you can add voice recognition to a website. Most of them, however, require a lot of programming work, and implementation requires code snippets that you need to adapt to each page.

With Voxpow you can do the installation in a radically new and intuitive way. All you have to do is install the JavaScript code snippet and set up some points in your admin panel. One of the biggest conveniences is that the dashboard allows you to control the behavior of voice functionality on your website, set voice commands, check exactly what visitors are searching for and analyze their behavior.

To make the installation, you need to register and setup a widget, which you can then embed in your website. The code should be inserted in the <body> section of your website or just installed with Google Tag Manager.

Web Speech API

The  W3C community in 2012 introduced the Web Speech API guidelines. But Google Chrome seems to be the only search engine that has capitalized on these guidelines. Hence the Google’s speech recognition engines can be used to develop creative and inventive speech recognition features. Google’s presence currently makes it free as well.

Broadly, speaking the Web Speech API can perform two functions:

  • Speech Recognition
  • Speech Synthesis

This API allows us to input the voice and generate a corresponding textual form. The text will later drive the various features on the website like tab control, speech-based search, booking, paying, password reading, etc.