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Perk is a program I wrote in 2003 using the Microsoft speech recognition engine. It is designed to listen for a list of words or phrases; when it recognizes one, it runs a command associated with that phrase.

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For example, you could configure Perk to launch:

  • your email program whenver you say “check my email”
  • your web browser whenever you say “surf the web”
  • your pictures folder whenever you say “how do i look”
  • your mp3 player whenever you say “rock out”

Perk requires the Microsoft Speech Recognition Engine to work properly. If you don’t have it, you may encounter this error:

Component ‘Xlisten.dll’ or one of its dependencies not correctly registered: a file is missing or invalid

The latest version is 1.3.0. Advanced users can download the executable alone.

Download Perk 1.3.0 Installer (2.0 MB)