Vocera have developed a wireless voice communicator, worn around your neck, that provides push-to-talk calls and voice recognition via wi-fi.
The communicator itself is tiny – 4.2” x 1.4”, because there’s just not much to the the device itself. To achieve the functionality, system is in two parts: the communicator badge, and the server side software that does all the hard work like recognising speech. Text messages and alerts can also be sent to the device – and read from the LCD on the back.
Vocera are concentrating on health care applications – the ease of use for the Voice Communicator and cost savings make it idea for deployment in hospitals, and it offers far more features than a pager.