Last week, CEO of Internet Speech, Dr Emdad Khan launched a voice-activated web access platform called ‘netECHO’ in Pune, to try and bridge the prevalent digital and language divide. The Indian Express reports that launched in collaboration with Knowaysys Consulting and Intellectual Foundation, the project is Asia’s first voice Internet service. It will allow a user to surf the net through simple voice commands, and does not always need a computer. This is because the service can also be accessed over the phone.
Currently, netECHO’s target is the elderly, the visually-impaired and those divided digitally. The service is available in a range of Indian languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu.