Surfing the Web no longer has to be strictly point and click. Conversa Web 2.0 is a Web browser that uses your voice to highlight links on a Web page. Just say the text as it appears on the screen and you’ll be instantly transported to that page. Unlike speech recognition software titles, there’s no need to train the program to understand your enunciation patterns.
Conversa lets users complete commands such as: go back (or forward), search the Web, print this page and more. For help just say “What can I say” for a list of phrases the program understands. If the phone rings or you start a conversation with someone, you can say “Conversa, go to sleep” to put the browser in standby mode. “Conversa, wake up” resumes your voice-enabled browsing session. Scrolling speed and zoom in (and zoom out) are among the other commands available.
Aside from the novelty, Conversa Web can provide some relief to individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis sufferers who are unable to type or use a mouse. The program includes a headset microphone. To run Conversa Web 2.0 users need:
- Win 95, 98 or NT
- 120 MHz processor (or faster)
- Sound card
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0
- (or higher)
Retail: $29.95 (when purchased as a direct download from Conversa Web site) or $39.95 (CD-ROM)
Conversa Corp. 425-895-1800 or visit www.conversa.com.