The Cage

My favorite example of voice recogntion to this day has to be the original Star Trek series.  Obviously one part of it was Majel Barrett’s voice.  But the thing I liked mose was how they didn’t make a big deal out of it.  It seemed so natural and integral to how performed their jobs.  I like to think that tazti has some of those same qualities.

As a blog post bonus I’m including a picture of a girl costumed up as an Orion slave girl from the Toronto Fan Expo.  I was lucky enough to get her to pose for some video, but I didn’t have presence of mind to get ask her name or for her number.  If she’s out there and sees this, feel free to contact me at! 😉

Orion Slave Girl - does she enjoy free voice recognition software?

Does the Orion slave girl pictured above like free voice recognition software? Inquiring minds want to know!

Postscript: The Cage is the name of the pilot episode of Star Trek wherein the Orion slave girl appears!

FanExpo & The Noob Wheel

It’s been a busy summer.  We’ve been working hard on tazti,  slave whips cracking over our heads to ensure our daily output of code doesn’t drop.  Nevertheless, we were able to sneak out of the “code cave” long enough to visit FanExpo in Toronto to share some ‘tazti’ new features with our Canadian friends.

One of the people who dropped by our booth was Shaun Hatton.  Shaun reports for TorontoThumbs, a site that covers and reviews video games.  Shaun, together with Jorge Figueiredo and Adam Russell comprise the TorontoThumbs Ninja Team.  Shaun chatted with us about Toronto, video games and the meaning of life.  Shuan is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet, and he very kindly wrote up tazti on TorontoThumbs.  Thanks Shaun!

Among the people we saw were Victor Lukas of G4, Leonard Nimoy, Walter Koenig, Bruce Campell, Roger Corman, Avery Brooks (DS9) and Emma Caulfield (Buffy).  We also me Hellboy, at least 4 ‘Slave Leias‘, a legion of Imperial Stormtroopers and three delectable Night Elf Lady Warriors.

Directly behind our booth was the crew from Life And Level (LnL).  LnL is a popular YouTube show.  Each episode features Josh and Johnny facing off in either a video game or a video game related competition.  The loser has to spin the “Noob” wheel.  The Noob wheel is like Wheel of Fortune except that it lists punishments (including: eating a cactus, butt darts, winner gets to staple a picture of himself to the chest of the loser etc.)  The loser suffers the punishment that is spun.  Neither Johnny nor Josh shirk any punishment on the wheel.

The competitions themselves can be novel – in one, J n J played each other in Call of Duty while wired up with electronic shock dog collars controlled remotely by crew members.  A crew member delivered an electric shock a player each time they died in game.  They staged a live event at FanExpo, but I won’t spoil what happened – you’ll have to watch it on YouTube.

The whole LnL crew are good people -Josh, Johnny, Sara and Sandra.  Josh is helping us to test our new tazti features, and blogged and twitted about it!  Thanks Josh!

To wrap up this post here are a few pics from FanExpo.  Enjoy!

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Josh of LnL at FanExpo

New Year, New Logo

A bit belatedly, we’ve decided to change our logo from our tried and true “rainbow” motif to something stronger and bolder.  The new logo also celebrates a new layout.  This is the first of several changes to the tazti website that will rollout over the next few weeks.

We hope you enjoy the new look.

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npost is cool

With the Olympic season just ended and the election season just begun we wanted to give a shout out to all the outstanding atheletes and contenders:  Michael Phelps, Dara Torres, John McCain, Barak Obama – you are winners, all of you!

While we haven’t won any Gold, Silver or Bronze medals with Chinese writing on it, we have received the recognition of our peers through any number of blogs.  One of the more interesting is npost,  a blog devoted to entrepeneurship and startups.  We are honored that Jason Powell of npost has written a very kind post about tazti (and Voice Tech Group, Inc. (the creators of tazti) by extension).  We appreciate the shout out and the recognition in the field of entrepeneurship.

Thanks Jason!