A new App lets you use your iPhone to ... talk!

Talko, a new iPhone app, focuses on group calls and organizing an ongoing stream of communication. Credit: Talko

Apparently most of the time you have a cellphone in your hand has nothing to do with talking... And Talko, a US start up, claims that is because texting and browsing provide a richer experience than talking, particularly in a biz environment. And this is what they are addressing with a new App, Talko: providing a rich context for your voice talks.

With text messages and mails you can easily search them, connect them one another and insert images, sound and other text.

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to do the same thing with voice. Well, this is the winning proposition from Talko. Talk on your phone and your voice, and the one of your party(yes) is recorded and translated into a text in the background that can be used as a normal text. And you can search your voice calls ... using your voice (your voice search is translated into a textual search string that is used to search the transcript. Once a match is found you will hear the part of the call you were looking for. 

As with text you can include bookmarks and annotation and you can easily retrieve them later on.

It is not the first time that this kind of functionality is available but what is new is the seamless integration and experience that Talko is promising.

They are targeting the business environment with the idea that a significant part of business activities takes place over the phone and so far there is no way (or cumbersome ones) to keep track of that.  I can imagine that in the future this kind of service might become normal also for "residential" use, as part of our life log.

At the same time I can see that recording a voice conversation and storing it distort the communication habit we are used to. The Latin ancestors used to say "scripta manent - verba volant" (what you write remains, what you say flies away). This would no longer be the case and that may be a bit... upsetting!

Author - Roberto Saracco

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