Explore the History of Speech Technology

A 224-year story

The story of speech technology goes back in time to the 18th century. It was the year 1791 when Wolfgang von Kempelen constructed his "Acoustic-Mechanical Speech Machine", the first machine that could produce speech sounds, even whole words. From that device to Google voice search and Apple Siri, 224 years of research have passed. Browse the interactive timeline to learn more about the history of speech recognition and synthesis and watch videos about the most important speech technology milestones.

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