iFlytek, the Chinese speech-recognition technology developer held a grand news conference in Beijing’s China National Convention Center yesterday announcing its latest “Voice Cloud” effort and “iflytek YuDian”, or the so called China’s Siri.

Founded in late 1999, the China southern Anhui province-based company has been devoting to the progressing of speech-recognition related technology for nearly 12 years. Liu Qingfeng, president of iFlytek said at the conference that the company’s speech-recognition technology comes with an accuracy rate of more than 90% in terms of Mandarin Chinese. And for those expats who once took Chinese class or test, you should’ve knew how easy it is to fail in listening test since so many words with totally different meaning sound so identical to each other. For example, 石狮 (shishi, stone lion) sounds very similar to 十四 (shisi, which means fourteen). Just as BusinessWeek puts it, “There are only 400 monosyllabic sounds in Mandarin, which are differentiated by tone.”And there’re tens of thousands of words in Chinese, you do the math.

So an accuracy rate of 90% is indeed impressive and the company said that it will continue to improve it.

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