The Voice Navigator was the first voice recognition device for command and control of a graphical user interface (Patent no. 5377303). The system was originally designed for the Apple Macintosh Plus and released in 1989. Subsequent versions were created for Microsoft Windows.
The original system included both hardware and software. A software-only version was introduced in 1992 for computers with built-in microphone and adequate microprocessor (Mac IIsi, Mac Quadra AV).
The software enabled voice control of any Macintosh application using context dependent synchronised grammars derived from the current processes and operating system data structures (menus, windows, controls) and events (mouse, key and AppleEvents). The system recognised spoken utterances and posted corresponding system events.
Voice Navigator - The original version with fax modem capability.
Voice Navigator II - A low cost version with desktop microphone.
Voice Navigator SW - A software-only version for Macs with built-in microphones.
Voice Navigator SDK - The software developer kit for third-party applications.
PowerSecretary - Voice command and control with dictation capability.
The core engineering team included: Tom Firman, Tim Morgan, Dave Hoch, Dan Zimmerman, David Kelts and Glenn McElhoe. Peter Durlach was responsible for product management and marketing. Dana Morgan managed customer service, technical support and quality control. Ivan Mimiça was the visionary CEO.