AllEars Support

AllEars Support/FAQ


What is AllEars?
How do I use AllEars?
Does AllEars work with every language?
How long should dictionary generation take?
There is a name that AllEars never gets right, what should I do?
When AllEars speaks, it mispronounces names, is that also the name pronunciation it is listening for?
Does AllEars work with the iPhone speakerphone mic?
Does AllEars work with the headset mic?
Does AllEars work with third-party mics/headsets?
How do I get a question answered that isn’t addressed here?
What are the credits for AllEars?

Q: What is AllEars?

A: AllEars is a voice recording tool that lets you navigate up to 99 contacts using speech alone and then send a ‘Voice Email’ to the contact of your choice, who will receive your recording as a multi-platform-compatible email attachment to listen to at their leisure. AllEars is also a voice dialer that lets you use speech recognition to select among your contacts and place a call, even without the latest phone model. AllEars speaks back to you so you don’t need to check the screen. [BACK TO TOP]

Q: How do I use AllEars?

A: AllEars is very easy to get started with. Enter the contacts view by tapping the info button . Once there, turn on the on/off switches to “on” for some contacts whose name you would like to be able to say to AllEars in order to call or email them. If you would like to use a shortcut instead of their name (such as “Partner” or “Contact 1”) you can then tap the blue arrow to enter the shortcuts view, although this is optional. Once you have turned on contacts and optionally configured shortcuts for them, tap “Done” and AllEars will create a name dictionary and start listening. To create a Voice Email you can say “Email Jane Doe” or (if you’ve configured a shortcut) “Email Contact 1”, or make a call you can say “Call Jane Doe” or (if you’ve configured a shortcut) “Call Contact 1”. You will be asked to confirm, and if the contact only has one phone number or email address, the call or email will be executed (both require one tap to complete). If the contact has multiple phone numbers or email addresses, you will first be asked which to use. That’s it. [BACK TO TOP]

Q: Does AllEars work with every language?

A: No, AllEars uses English-language recognition (the control words such as “call”, “yes”, etc are all in English) and it generally listens for name pronunciations the way a US English speaker with little accent or only a mild accent would pronounce them. However, it knows the pronunciation of huge numbers of names which aren’t English in origin, and has a strategy for creating an approximate best pronunciation for the rare names it doesn’t know. If your contacts list consists of a majority of names that AllEars doesn’t know, generating the name pronunciation dictionary can take a very long time, and recognition might not be as good as desired. It’s unfortunately not possible to use AllEars with names written in non-Latin alphabets (such as Cyrillic or Kanji), although AllEars should be able to deal with most accented characters in Latin alphabets (such as umlauts or the accent aigu). That’s why AllEars is free to try – you can make sure that it works well for you before spending any money on it. [BACK TO TOP]

Q: How long should dictionary generation take?

A: After you turn on listening for some contacts and tap “Done” a new pronunciation dictionary will be created to include your changes. Any time that you add a lot of new names, it can take a while. If the names aren’t particularly rare it could take between 5 seconds and 35 seconds depending on how many you add. Rare names can take about a second to generate using the fallback method, so if you add 99 names and they are all very uncommon, it could take some time. You can mitigate this by giving those names shortcuts — keep reading for more information about shortcuts. [BACK TO TOP]

Q: There is a name that AllEars never gets right, what should I do?

A: This is a good time to use the shortcuts. In the contacts view that you reach by tapping the info button , there will be a round blue button with an arrow in it for any name that has listening turned on. If you tap it you will be taken to the shortcuts view. If you tap the “Shortcuts” button in the upper right, you will be able to select from an assortment of shortcuts that can be assigned to the name. The chosen shortcut or the name will show at the top of the page. Once you have configured a shortcut and gone back into the Contacts view and tapped ‘Done’, you will use the shortcut instead of the name. Using shortcuts instead of very uncommon names should also reduce the amount of time it takes to create a new pronunciation dictionary. [BACK TO TOP]

Q: When AllEars speaks, it mispronounces names, is that also the name pronunciation it is listening for?

A: No, not at all. AllEars uses a fixed dictionary for speaking to you, because making you configure pronunciations for when AllEars speaks to you would waste your time. This means that when it says a name to you, it always uses the first pronunciation it finds, which might not be the one you’re expecting. On the other hand, when AllEars is listening to you speak, it is listening for all known pronunciations of the names you use, including different vowel sounds that appear in different accents. It is not necessary to attempt to pronounce names the same way AllEars does. [BACK TO TOP]

Q: Does AllEars work with the iPhone speakerphone mic?

A: Yes, AllEars should work fine with the iPhone speakerphone mic, other than on the iPhone 1G which has too low of a microphone sampling rate for AllEars. The 1G should work with the headset mic. [BACK TO TOP]

Q: Does AllEars work with the headset mic?

A: Yes. [BACK TO TOP]

Q: Does AllEars work with third-party mics/headsets?

A: We’re not sure – please try it out and let us know! If there is a lot of interest in having AllEars support a particular third-party mic or headset we’ll investigate it.[BACK TO TOP]

Q: How do I get a question answered that isn’t addressed here?

A: Just get in touch. [BACK TO TOP]

Q: What are the credits for AllEars?

A:

AllEars is designed and programmed by Halle Winkler/Politepix, Copyright 2010 except where stated otherwise. AllEars uses two open source projects:

AllEars uses CMU Pocketsphinx 0.6, licensed under a simplified BSD license, thank you very much everyone involved in Sphinx/Sphinxbase/Pocketsphinx development, full license to follow.

AllEars uses CMU Flite 1.4, licensed under a BSD-like license, thank you very much everyone involved in Flite development, full license to follow.

Pocketsphinx license:

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CMU Flite license:

Language Technologies Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
Copyright (c) 1999-2008
All Rights Reserved.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to use and distribute
this software and its documentation without restriction, including
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WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN
AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION,
ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF
THIS SOFTWARE.

All files within this distribution have the above license except
the following

src/cg/cst_mlpg.h
src/cg/cst_mlpg.c
src/cg/cst_mlsa.h
src/cg/cst_mlsa.c
src/cg/cst_vc.h
src/cg/cst_vc.c
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/* TECHNOLOGY, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, AND THE CONTRIBUTORS TO */
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These functions are derived from the versions in festvox/src/vc/ as
modified by Tomoki Toda which in turn contain code derived from
NITECH’s HTS system. Their copyright has the same freedoms as
as Flite’s but under NAIST, NITECH and/or CMU.

src/audio/au_wince.c
src/utils/cst_file_stdio.c
src/utils/cst_mmap_posix.c
src/utils/cst_mmap_win32.c
src/utils/cst_mmap_none.c
src/utils/cst_file_wince.c
sapi/
are copyright Cepstral, LLC rather than CMU but fall under the same
free licence as the above, except for the owner.

doc/alice
Is the first two chapters of Alice in Wonderland as distributed by the
Gutenburg project and is now in the public domain

src/regex/regexp.c
src/regex/regsub.c

* Copyright (c) 1986 by University of Toronto.
* Written by Henry Spencer. Not derived from licensed software.
*
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* purpose on any computer system, and to redistribute it freely,
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* by explicit claim or by omission.
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* be misrepresented as being the original software.

src/speech/rateconv.c

* Copyright (c) 1992, 1995 by Markus Mummert
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lang/usenglish/us_durz_cart.c
lang/usenglish/us_durz_cart.h
lang/usenglish/us_int_accent_cart.c
lang/usenglish/us_int_accent_cart.h
lang/usenglish/us_int_tone_cart.c
lang/usenglish/us_int_tone_cart.h
lang/usenglish/us_phoneset.c
lang/usenglish/us_f0lr.c
These are directly (or indirectly) compiled/derived from files that are
part of the Festival Speech Synthesis System (1.4.1). Hence they have
a joint copyright CMU/Edinburgh but with the same free licence

configure
# Copyright (C) 1992, 93, 94, 95, 96 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
#
# This configure script is free software; the Free Software Foundation
# gives unlimited permission to copy, distribute and modify it.

configure.sub
config.guess
missing
install-sh
mkinstalldirs
Copyright FSF, and under the GPL, these files are only used for
convenient configuration and are not part of the generated binary,
and therefore do not impose any GPL restrctions on the rest of the
system. But as they are standard methods for configuration they
are included.

palm/include/peal.h
palm/include/pealstub.h
palm/arm_flite/pealstub.c
palm/m68k_flite/peal.c

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* NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE,
* DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY
* THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT
* (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF
* THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
**********/

The whole Sun Microsystems math library was ported to Palm
for this but its not actually needed, though the include file is
to allow bits of the system to compile that currently linked in
to the system, so we just have the include file here

palm/include/fdlibm.h

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