Once Voice Technologies of San Diego has launched a toolkit to allow developers to integrate speech recognition into their own Microsoft Media Center applications.

The mceSpeechTools toolkit is built on their Media Center Communicator product, which enables spoken control of the Media Center, from changing channels and recording programmes, to playing music and watching slideshows.

“From home control to online music services, mceSpeechTools is easy to integrate for developers to enable the creation of voice commands for applications ranging from setting thermostats, changing lighting, viewing security cameras or even purchasing music or videos online,” said Dean Weber of One Voice Technologies, launching the toolkit at the DigitalLife event in New York.

The compelling One Voice demonstration comes close to the science fiction vision of the connected home of the future. The company claims that no voice training is necessary for standard commands.