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MacRumors
Apr 26, 2011, 02:20 PM
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GPS navigation firm TomTom today announced that it has brought its Homer Simpson celebrity voice (http://www.tomtom.com/page/simpsons) for turn-by-turn directions to its U.S. iPhone applications, appearing as a $5.99 in-app purchase.Developed in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products (FCP), The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division and Locutio Voice Technologies, the original Homer Simpson voice (recorded by Dan Castellaneta), for TomTom's range of personal navigation devices is now available for $5.99 for use on your TomTom App for iPhone in the U.S., marking the first time a celebrity voice has ever been available for mobile phone based GPS.

The original Homer Simpson voice for the TomTom App for iPhone comes with all the latest maps (TomTom version 1.7), which means drivers not only receive Homer's own special words of wisdom, such as "Woo Hoo! You have reached your destination, and you can hold your head up high, because you are a genius!" but also the latest TomTom map store on board their iPhone.The Homer Simpson voice has been available on TomTom's standalone GPS devices for several years, but is only just now appearing as an option on the iPhone.

TomTom U.S.A (http://appshopper.com/navigation/tomtom-usa) is currently priced at $49.99 in the App Store.

Article Link: TomTom Brings Homer Simpson Voice Guidance to iPhone (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2011/04/26/tomtom-brings-homer-simpson-voice-guidance-to-iphone/)



jp02
Apr 26, 2011, 02:25 PM
Doh!

Vundu
Apr 26, 2011, 02:39 PM
Wohoo!

Hope it comes to the UK soon.

alphaod
Apr 26, 2011, 02:52 PM
Ah, so they've finally figured out how to milk their existing customers for more money.

mrzippy
Apr 26, 2011, 02:54 PM
Sure it will be useless as it will not be able to speak road names etc. if you select a 'real' voice.

GoodWatch
Apr 26, 2011, 02:58 PM
Ah, so they've finally figured out how to milk their existing customers for more money.

You mean, this is akin to Apple bringing out the iPad 2 with features that could have been in the first iPad? Now I understand!:rolleyes:

alphaod
Apr 26, 2011, 03:04 PM
You mean, this is akin to Apple bringing out the iPad 2 with features that could have been in the first iPad? Now I understand!:rolleyes:

No, that's not the same; if Apple told folks with first generation iPad they needed to pay $6 for AirPlay or something, then it would be comparable.

b11051973
Apr 26, 2011, 03:10 PM
I'll be spending the $6 tonight I think.

Terry W
Apr 26, 2011, 03:21 PM
What about Snoop!?!? Don't get me wrong, Homer is amazing, but gots ta get me some shizzle bizzle!

fluffer
Apr 26, 2011, 03:23 PM
No, that's not the same; if Apple told folks with first generation iPad they needed to pay $6 for AirPlay or something, then it would be comparable.

It's just the same, just as Apple's been doing since the introduction of the 1st iPhone...... I'll probably still get it as soon as it;s in the UK though! :D

GoodWatch
Apr 26, 2011, 03:41 PM
No, that's not the same; if Apple told folks with first generation iPad they needed to pay $6 for AirPlay or something, then it would be comparable.

I see, so TomTom is forcing their customers to purchase that Homer voice? I missed that. Thanks for putting that right!

Eduardo1971
Apr 26, 2011, 03:55 PM
What about Snoop!?!? Don't get me wrong, Homer is amazing, but gots ta get me some shizzle bizzle!

Now that I would pay extra for!

Tastannin
Apr 26, 2011, 04:03 PM
What about Snoop!?!? Don't get me wrong, Homer is amazing, but gots ta get me some shizzle bizzle!

Now that I would pay extra for!

If Homer takes off, your wish may be granted - TomTom already has Snoop's (http://www.tomtom.com/page/snoopdogg) voice for their standalone GPS devices, so it's not a far reach to see others coming.

Now, if I could hear, I'd look forward to Darth Vader giving me directions (http://starwars.tomtom.com/voices/index-starwars.php?Lid=1) on my iPhone. :D

My youngest daughter probably would be more thrilled with Dora the Explorer (http://www.tomtom.com/nickelodeon). There's many more (http://www.tomtom.com/page/voices) including James Bond (Roger Moore), KITT, etc.

Baumi
Apr 26, 2011, 05:54 PM
I've never tried these "funny" voice, so I'm wondering if they're not distracting and/or annoying when you're actually trying to concentrate on getting from A to B.

Is everyone here who tired any kind of special voice for their GPS happy with the concept, or did some go back to regular voices?

techweenie
Apr 26, 2011, 06:39 PM
My preference would be an imitation of Jerry Lewis' Nutty Professor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DUkGjWVOlc

Not surprisingly the inspiration for the Simpsons' nerdy professor character...

Big D 51
Apr 26, 2011, 06:53 PM
Cool

kuebby
Apr 26, 2011, 07:02 PM
That's awesome, I hate those canned voices that come with GPSs. It's definitely worth $6 to me to pick a new voice to hear, especially if it's going to be funny.

jeffereyj
Apr 26, 2011, 07:09 PM
the thing is, these "celebrity voices" i'm sure don't speak all the street names, like the "normal" voice does.....

so how does it work? is it like

[Homer's voice] "Woohoo! Turn left on"


[Normal voice] "Main Street"

jayducharme
Apr 26, 2011, 08:38 PM
A few years ago, Doonesbury did a parody of celebrities negotiating for the rights to do GPS voice-overs (DeNiro, Streep, etc...). Like so much in this country, parody has turned into reality.

http://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2009/11/12/

Tech198
Apr 27, 2011, 03:18 AM
Bring this one to Australia.... I'll get it :)

fluffer
Apr 27, 2011, 04:42 AM
the thing is, these "celebrity voices" i'm sure don't speak all the street names, like the "normal" voice does.....

so how does it work? is it like

[Homer's voice] "Woohoo! Turn left on"


[Normal voice] "Main Street"

I reck it'd be like before text-to-speech where street names weren't given, they'll just be ommitted.

The write-up states celeb voices for the first time. My TomTom app has had Yoda's voice for sale for ages...... are they suggesting Yoda's not a celeb..... how dare they..... libelous!!! :eek:

hellomoto4
Apr 27, 2011, 04:44 AM
Bring this one to Australia.... I'll get it :)

It's here, check your updates (v1.7)

Ted13
Apr 27, 2011, 04:45 AM
Instead of wasting your time with Homer, how about a native iPad version, TomTom?

batchtaster
Apr 27, 2011, 04:52 AM
Instead of wasting your time with Homer, how about a native iPad version, TomTom?

The iPad version requires an accessory kit consisting of a person sitting in your passenger seat to hold it up for you with both hands. This is tricky as the accessory needs to be both "shotgun"-compliant and legally mounted. Needless to say, development time is longer.

fluffer
Apr 27, 2011, 05:56 AM
the ipad version requires an accessory kit consisting of a person sitting in your passenger seat to hold it up for you with both hands. This is tricky as the accessory needs to be both "shotgun"-compliant and legally mounted. Needless to say, development time is longer.

lol

Tastannin
Apr 27, 2011, 08:24 AM
I reck it'd be like before text-to-speech where street names weren't given, they'll just be ommitted.

The write-up states celeb voices for the first time. My TomTom app has had Yoda's voice for sale for ages...... are they suggesting Yoda's not a celeb..... how dare they..... libelous!!! :eek:

I think they mean first time on the iPhone app, not "first time ever"?

. . . marking the first time a celebrity voice has ever been available for mobile phone based GPS . . .

Also how would the Yoda voice work - wouldn't that be confusing for most people?

"Right, you must turn now."
"Destination, 20.5 miles to."
"Highway 25, merge onto."

Ha.

Mr. Chewbacca
Apr 27, 2011, 09:04 AM
No tom tom.. use the force!!

I Chewbacca volenteer to do the voice over..

"in 25 miles ARRRGGGHHH"

You can just tell by my happy/angry grunting, kinda like a "youre getting warmer/colder" game.


ARRHGHHGGG (turn left) :rolleyes:

ciTiger
Apr 27, 2011, 02:47 PM
LOL! This is news? ok... I hope it makes at least one person happy...

SomeTechGuy
Apr 27, 2011, 09:33 PM
Is anyone else having issues with the app crashing after updating? I can't get passed the main splash screen. Tried hard restart and everything.

Weird.

iMrNiceGuy0023
Apr 28, 2011, 08:38 AM
$6 for it?!?!? no thanks

thought it was built in

MagnusVonMagnum
Apr 28, 2011, 08:48 PM
So if you miss the turn does Homer yell, "Doh!" at you? :D (I don't think TomTom says anything when you miss a turn)

Anything would have to be better than Garmin's "Recalculating" which always sounds so exasperated like you're a moron for missing the road. But then I've had Garmin tell me to turn onto a bicycle trail/path (blocked by steel pillars) before and then keep wanting to send me in circles when I didn't wreck my car for it.... Doh!

Nomadski
Apr 28, 2011, 10:37 PM
Ah, so they've finally figured out how to milk their existing customers for more money.

Considering TomTom have provided users with FREE quarterly map updates I think a little DLC is justified on their part. They also brought in Street Cameras on this update too.

PWC
Apr 30, 2011, 09:02 AM
That is pretty cool. Kind of looks like they will pull any kind of gimmick to get more customers. They're running out of ways to grow...and I don't find Homer to be exceptionally qualified to direct me! :p

MagnusVonMagnum
May 1, 2011, 11:02 AM
Considering TomTom have provided users with FREE quarterly map updates I think a little DLC is justified on their part. They also brought in Street Cameras on this update too.

I don't see free updates beyond the first year on Sony's new head units that use TomTom. I wish they did. Map updates are expensive and one year means nothing since few changes will occur in a single year. But 3 years later your maps will have many errors.

griz
May 3, 2011, 12:27 PM
It's just the same, just as Apple's been doing since the introduction of the 1st iPhone...... I'll probably still get it as soon as it;s in the UK though! :D

And that's precisely why Apple does not need to release a product with every feature in it in v1. People will buy it anyway. Making a product that people will buy is their goal. Not satisfying 1% of the complainers who think it needs more. If it doesn't have the features the customer wants, then they should wait. But they can't complain if they would buy it anyway.

Kadman
May 5, 2011, 04:41 AM
I'm holding out for the Maggie Simpson voice guidance add-on...

lovish123
May 7, 2011, 03:33 AM
GPS navigation firm TomTom today announced that it has brought its Homer Simpson celebrity voice for turn-by-turn directions to its U.S. iPhone applications.GPS navigation firm TomTom today announced that it has brought its Homer Simpson celebrity voice for turn-by-turn directions to its U.S
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Billy Boo Bob
May 12, 2011, 05:01 PM
So, when you miss your exit on the freeway, do you hear a loud "D'Oh!". Or a Homer sigh when a detour is detected? :)

MagnusVonMagnum
May 12, 2011, 10:02 PM
So, when you miss your exit on the freeway, do you hear a loud "D'Oh!". Or a Homer sigh when a detour is detected? :)

I think I said that already. :cool: