[Infographic] The 1,000-Year Evolution of Speech and Voice Recognition

From the Brazen Head to Apple's Siri, voice and speech recognition has come a long way. Check out the significant developments along the way.  

Perhaps the most important advancement was 1978's Speak & Spell from Texas Instruments, which made the concept fun and familiar for millions of children - some of whom might have gone on to create modern voice applications.

The only downside - those dreadful voice-controlled phone systems big corporations rely on to avoid paying humans to answer your calls. While they may work fine most of the time, if you do have a problem it always seems to result in an endless loop that requires you to hang up and start over.

Infographic courtesy of Wavelink, which does voice recognition in the warehouse picking industry. The company was recently acquired by LANDesk.