If you have tried Siri on iPhone 4s, you might be impressed that it can do many tasks just by speaking to it. Microsoft has Tellme is good for simple task but really lack behind when it comes to more complex sentences and etc. Meet “Ask Ziggy”, maybe or possibly the best answer to Siri on Windows Phone.
“Ask Ziggy” is a OMO (One Man Operation). The person behind this app is developer Shai Leib. He uses Voice Recognition Software based on Nuance. Here is what he said about “Ask Ziggy” (copied from WPCentral)
“Ask Ziggy uses Speech Recognition to translate human speech into transcribed text, which is displayed in a speech bubble. The transcribed text is analyzed for patterns to detect commands or general queries. Commands are interpreted and routed to routine phone tasks such as emailing, texting, calling, social network updates, and getting directions.
When a general question is asked, a mixture of mash up technologies and web scraping is employed to search the web for relevant responses. Pattern matching is used to summarize a direct answer from a web page. Several passes may be required to find a concise answer. A direct answer is then spoken out loud, and displayed in a speech bubble. When a direct answer cannot be summarized the user is prompted by speech to click on their search bubble to see web search results based on their spoken query.”
I have downloaded it from Marketplace. It is quite intuitive but I have yet to do a full run. A new version is on the way to Marketplace. You can check out the functions in the video below. Watch how it answered Math questions. Nice.