Recently launched but only announced today, Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs has released a software called "AskWiki" which allows to ask questions to Wikipedia! AskWiki is using Android's pre-installed voice recognition feature which allows to speak questions directly into the device to the receive the exact answer from Wikipedia after. The focus of AskWiki is to find short and smart answers for direct questions like "Wann wurde Einstein geboren?" (When was Einstein born?) or "Wer ist der Leiter von BMW?" (Who's the head of BMW?). These questions are then compared and analyzed to the tables and subchapter headlines that appear in Wikipedia articles.
AskWiki is a technology demonstration for Android smartphones, developed by Telekom Innovation Laboratories, and uses Google Speech Recognizer for recognition of voice and the database of Wikipedia.
Interesting enough, AskWiki runs on the mobile phone itself, without using an additional server except that the Wikipedia results are delivered from Wikipedia, AskWiki is for sure not storing a local copy of Wikipedia on the device. Also the results are displayed as text only and aren't read out yet.
Nevertheless, that's a pretty neat concept which is, at the moment, available in German only - unfortunately!
Cheers ~ Arne