Webkit Speech API and Google Maps

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For the past couple of weeks in addition to working for the dissertation project, I was working sporadically on a demo of a speech integrated map using x-webkit-speech API provided by Google Chrome and Google Maps JavaScript API.Now that the dissertation is over, here is the final polished version of the demo, (http://goo.gl/pqYUsN)

Demo for mixing -x-webkit-speech and google maps API

The current functions available with this map are,

1) Speak to navigate – Click on the microphone button (or  click “ctrl+alt+.” ) on the text box and start speaking. The field will recognise when you stop speaking, analyse and interpret the sound as text and if it is a place,  takes you right to place you just spoke.

2) Zoom and Pan – you can use the same trick with some preliminary commands as well, the system as of now understands ,

east direction“, “west direction“, “south direction” and “north direction” will pan the map in the corresponding direction.
zoom in/ zoom out ” zooms the map.

3) Other commands,

satellite – switches the map to a satellite map
simple – switched the map to, above shown simplified default look and feel.

As usual, I request the readers to give it a try and share the results & problems in the comments section below. Also feel free to put in your suggestions and point out any mistakes.


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  1. SutoCom

    September 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

  2. well its an awesome program…but still i think it has some problem with voice recognition. when i say norway it reads as “norman”. it might be a my pronunciation problem. this thing looks so awesome.

    tryambakesh shukla

    September 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  3. Speech recognition API of Google is not as seamless as people would like it to be, but still most of the problems with accents can be resolved by choosing a specific accent while using the API. This map currently uses the generic “English” which can be changed into “Indian English” for better results. I will add this functionality and tell you when it is there.


    September 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm

  4. @Shukla. I have added the option to chose Languages and accents. Try if the Indian accent works now.


    September 4, 2013 at 10:49 pm

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