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Voice Navigator from STC

Updated 1500 Friday 10th December 2004 UK time

Robin I've just set up this page after realizing that is no longer available, and that better speech recognition software, for use with GPSS, may be available (see "Help Robin find IN3 and Command Corp Inc of USA" below).

I'm grateful to Ronnie Castellano, a new GPSS user in the USA, for alerting me to what appears to be good speech input software from Speech Technology Centre (STC) based in St Petersburg, Russia. Their web site is and the package is called "Voice Navigator". Ronnie has managed to train it for a number of GPSS commands such as "Where are we ?", "be quiet !", "OK to speak", etc. A free version can be downloaded from the site above, and the full version costs less than 20USD.

STC have now upgraded the version of Voice Navigator on their site from version 1.01 to 2.01 and this is easy to test with GPSS. The free version will handle up to four voice commands. e.g. "where are we ?" (W), "be quiet !" (Q), "what's the time ?" (C), and "Pardon ?" (A). You may decide to choose a different combination of GPSS commands from the list below. If you register Voice Navigator with STC, and pay them for it, this restriction of four commands is removed.

I suggest you start by testing Voice Navigator with Windows Calculator, including saying "1" and "2" into Calculator. You can then delete these commands to give space for those used with GPSS. I saw little purpose in using Voice Navigator to start Calculator or GPSS. I simply run Voice Navigator then run GPSS.

It was only a few days ago that Ronnie told me about Voice Navigator version 1.01, which he had managed to get to work with GPSS by script files. I'm grateful to Stanislav at STC for arranging that they upgrade the software download within a day of me asking - that's what I call a fast and professional response ! :-)

Robin Lovelock, Sunninghill UK. December 2004.

P.S. Friday 10th December 2004: have registered my copy of Voice Navigator and added many of the GPSS hotkeys below: seems to work well. For those interested in Text-To-Speech with GPSS, please click here

GPSS keystrokes - extract from GPSS.TXT Help file

Many of the user functions of GPSS can be triggered from a single keystroke.
This means they can be tested, or even used, with only a keyboard on the GPSS PC.
Configurable logic permits icons to be linked to keystrokes (e.g. for touch screens),
or keystrokes to be converted (e.g. for smaller, special keypads).

GPSS can be used with voice recognition (or simply the keyboard) to request information
or control the computer. e.g. tell it to be quiet ! For speech input just set the voice
recognition package up to emulate these keystrokes in response to spoken commands.
If you want to spell out place names, you will also need the alphabet, "A", "B", "C",
etc. Not all of the following need to be enabled and used. These keystrokes (and
suggested voice commands) are:

Key Voice Command Effect

? "Help" switches this HELP screen on or off.
A "Pardon ?" (Again ?) ask computer to repeat last phrase
B "English" (British) switches to English.
C "Whats the Time" (Clock ?) tells you the time.
D "Destination" makes found place the destination for guidance.
E "Eating place ?" select eating places for search (in $E.GTX).
F "Filling Station ?" select petrol filling stations ($FS.GED)
G "Geocache ?" select Geocache locations in $LGEO.GTX
H "Home" make Home the destination.
I "Interesting Place ?" select Interesting Places ($LNTEH.GTX).
J "Jump Language" switches to Japanese, or next in LANGUAGE.CFG.
K "Real" (Keep) to real position after use of "Visit".
L "Location ?" tells you location in Grid or Latitude and Longitude.
M "Tell me More" More information on found place if available.
N "No" in answer to question from computer.
O "OK to speak" controls what computer will say.
P "Population Centre ?" nearest Population Centre ($LPOP.GTX).
Q "Quiet" the computer will only speak when spoken to.
R "Railway Station ?" select railway stations ($LR.GTX).
S "Sleeping Place ?" select hotels ($S.GTX).
T "Traffic ?" reserved for Traffic. Currently for Tiger Test.
U "Units" switches units between miles/yards & km/metres
V "Visit" visit selected place by car (indoor simulation)
W "Where are we ?" tells you where we are, and progress to destination
X "Zoom in" Selects (eXtracts) most detailed map (smallest area)
Y "Yes" in answer to question from computer
Z "Zoom" Changes scale of displayed map (bigger area)
(Enter) "Search" Search selected data for nearest, or next nearest place.
Control-Enter - "Super Search" - find the 20 nearest places (ahead if moving).
Ctrl-A Display Analysis Form to control playback of recorded data.
Ctrl-B Display Banner showing Version number, etc. (the "little dog")
Ctrl-C Display Experimental Facilities including demonstrations.
Ctrl-D "Remove Destination" Removes the destination (square symbol)
Ctrl-E End the Simulation or Demonstration reading from GPSS.NME
Ctrl-F "Freeze" - Pause recording started with % key.
Ctrl-G select GPSS Users for search ($LGPSS.GTX if available).
Ctrl-H Hide GPSS display
Ctrl-I Input location as Legal Sub-Division code (LSD) - Canada.
Ctrl-L Learner Driver mode (if supporting data available)
Ctrl-N Multi-Vehicle tracking mode.
Ctrl-O in-Car mode.
Ctrl-P toggle (Phone) dialup form.
Ctrl-R Display the Registration Form needed to suppress Snoopy.
Ctrl-U Sequence output through lat/lon, UTM, Military Grid formats
Ctrl-V move information to bottom of screen on high res. displays.
Ctrl-W Waypoint to GEO file
Ctrl-X Zoomin map from largest map.
Ctrl-Z automatically enlarge maps to fill screen.
0..9 (any name) select place from those in GPSS.LOC. 1=first, 2=second,etc.
/ "Car" Switch search location between car and destinatiion
+ "Next" Next category of geographic data selected
- "Back" Last category of geographic data selected
` "Find" Start entry of a name to search for (e.g. a town)
(followed by text of name ended by (enter)/"Search". e.g. `ascot)
(or followed by a GPS update to GPSS.LOC. e.g. `3 or `3 Freds Home)
(or followed by a latitude and longitude. e.g. `523050N0033050W)
(or followed by a UK grid reference. e.g. `SU123567 enter)
(or followed by an Irish grid reference. e.g. `A123567 enter)
(or followed by a UTM grid reference. e.g. `32U526057740)
(or followed by a bearing for triangulation. e.g. `045)
^ (shift 6) "GPS" displays GPS Engineering Information in a window
including direction of satellites being tracked
& (shift 7) "Test" Switches in and out of Speech Input / Keyboard test
( (shift 9) "Save" Saves configuration data in .CFG
) (shift 0) "Automap" Toggles Automatic Map Selection on and off
_ (shift -) "Instruments" Toggles display of Instrument Panel
. "Reset Tacho" Reset the tachometer on Instrument Panel
% (shift 5) "Log" Toggle logging of GPS data to NEWTRIP.NME
(NEWTRIP.CFG holds AAAAA, making % log to AAAAA001.NME then AAAAA02.NME)
(Edit NEWTRIP.CFG to make it log into other files. e.g. JOHND001.NME etc)
* "Demo" Switches to demonstration mode
Space "Again" Repeats last input command from operator
\ "Platform" Switch use between Car, Balloon and Aircraft
' "Altitude ?" Ask for GPS based altitude
# "Airfield ?" Find nearest airfield known to GPSS
] "Hazard ?" Find nearest hazard known to GPSS
> "Faster" Faster Playback of recorded data
< "Slower" Slower Playback of recorded data
@ "Controls" toggle Icon Controls (switched on by click on low display)
| (shift \) swich off the demonstration by forcing to 'OLD' state.
(Esc) Escape for "More Information" or Exit from GPSS.

Help Robin find IN3 and Command Corp Inc of USA

Robin purchased his first copy of IN3, an excellent Windows speech recognition package, in what must have been 1991. When GPSS was launched in 1995 it was demonstrated on UK television working with IN3 (see ASONTV link above). The GPSS Links page has always included: " - IN3 Speech Recognition. $50. Works Well !" - but unfortunately, this link no longer works. Furthermore Robin has not been able to track down Command Corp Inc by 'phone because they have moved. Perhaps they are no longer trading. It would be nice to put up the correct web site, if IN3 is still available. If anyone can help, please contact Robin via the Contact page link at the top of this page.