NTT Communications, an information and communications technology solution provider, has announced the first free speech-recognition API compatible across browsers. NTT has made the API available on SkyWay, NTT's free platform for WebRTC technologies. Immediately available, the API joins a number of NTT announcements, including a screen-sharing library, multiparty library, Web of Things (WoT) sample code and security guidelines.
At launch, the API supports Chrome, Firefox and Opera. NTT has already announced plans to support Microsoft Edge. The screen-sharing library allows users to create screen-sharing extensions for browsers. The multiparty library allows users to create group chatting services. The WoT sample code enables users to create WoT apps for robotic manipulation.
NTT launched SkyWay in 2013. The release marked Japan's first WebRTC platform for Web and smartphone app development. The speech-recognition API serves as a significant development that expands the basic functionality of the platform. Keep an eye on the new speech-recognition API as NTT expands its functionality beyond Japanese and continues its cross-platform, open approach.