With 'In the Movies,' kids can star in their own interactive movie as part of The Winston Show, an iPad app that incorporates live conversation thanks to speech recognition technology.
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Speech recognition is a tough computing problem, but Toy Talk thinks it has cracked the code -- at least for kids.
Today, the San Francisco startup launched the latest version of its iPad app, known as The Winston Show. The app is built around the idea of kids having a spoken conversation with a cartoon character known as Winston and immediately incorporating the discussion into various animated skits. It's as if Apple's Siri was the front end for a variety show.
The Winston Show launched in Apple's App Store in September, and it already featured a variety of interactive skits -- such as fireside chats and a quiz show -- that let kids talk with Winston and instantly see the humorous yellow blob respond to what they say. But now, with In the Movies, The Winston Show is ramping up the interactions and showcasing its speech recognition technology in more cinematic fashion.
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