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MacRumors
May 15, 2011, 11:40 PM
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Janmike34 posted a nicely produced concept video for how Nuance's voice recognition could be integrated into iOS 5. In essence, text fields can become speech recognition fields by tapping and holding on text fields. This functionality can be offered to 3rd party applications as well using the standard iOS text field. While a nicely produced video, it's not more impressive than what Android has (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGbYVvU0Z5s), nor is it even more impressive than the technology we've known Apple has acquired:

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Apple acquired Siri (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/04/28/apple-purchases-iphone-personal-assistant-company-siri/) in April 2010. Steve Jobs has said (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/06/01/steve-jobs-on-siri-acquired-for-artificial-intelligence-technology-not-search/) that Siri's acquisition was for their artificial intelligence technology. Nuance (http://www.nuance.com/) is the company that powered Siri's speech recognition, so it's no surprise that Apple is negotiating (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/06/apple-negotiating-deal-with-nuance-for-speech-recognition-in-ios-5/) with Nuance for use of their technology in iOS 5.


Article Link: A Concept Video for iOS 5 Speech Recognition (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/16/a-concept-video-for-ios-5-speech-recognition/)



jmann
May 16, 2011, 12:39 AM
There should be a sleeker and easier way to do this.

kjs862
May 16, 2011, 10:26 AM
Lik the long press to prompt the system.

Illusion986
May 16, 2011, 10:40 AM
One of the reasons i don't use voice commands on my iPhone is because holding the home button takes too long, which makes the whole process inconvenient.

Unggoy Murderer
May 16, 2011, 12:19 PM
I don't think that it could be any better than that, and if Apple were to implement it, it would probably look like that. To solve the "home button takes too long" problem, why can't iPhone always be listening for a command like "iPhone" or "Dictate this"?

janmike34
May 16, 2011, 07:33 PM
Heyyyyy I'm famous!

Don't forget to check out my other concept videos on my YouTube channel. More coming soon!

Got an idea? Shoot me a message on YouTube!

iStudentUK
May 17, 2011, 08:49 AM
This would be great!

But as others have said you need a better way to activate voice control. My mobile 10 years ago would listen for a key phrase and then activate voice dialling, that would be great.

DocNYz
May 17, 2011, 01:18 PM
Yeah I like the vid. However what would make the interface much better, and the reason for it happening, would be for complete control and hands-free ability - having to tap something on the screen defeats the purpose, for instance if you're driving or cooking or in the bathroom or something and you can't/don't want to touch the phone, you should be able to control it completely by voice (like the Knowledge Navigator, or current and actually in use Kinect where you simply say "Xbox ..." followed by the command). If your hands are dirty while cooking and you don't want olive oil or flower do get on/in your iOS device, and you need more information you could say "iPad, next page" or "iPad, what is the next step in the cooking process" or if you get a text you can say "iPhone, read text" and then "iPhone ignore" or "iPhone reply with: ..." and then say the message you want the iPhone to type and send to them while you're still stirring or transferring or coating your food.

Joshwawilson
May 17, 2011, 09:43 PM
Haha "take me drunk, I'm home"

Joshwawilson
May 17, 2011, 09:45 PM
Yeah I like the vid. However what would make the interface much better, and the reason for it happening, would be for complete control and hands-free ability - having to tap something on the screen defeats the purpose, for instance if you're driving or cooking or in the bathroom or something and you can't/don't want to touch the phone, you should be able to control it completely by voice (like the Knowledge Navigator, or current and actually in use Kinect where you simply say "Xbox ..." followed by the command). If your hands are dirty while cooking and you don't want olive oil or flower do get on/in your iOS device, and you need more information you could say "iPad, next page" or "iPad, what is the next step in the cooking process" or if you get a text you can say "iPhone, read text" and then "iPhone ignore" or "iPhone reply with: ..." and then say the message you want the iPhone to type and send to them while you're still stirring or transferring or coating your food.

It's still hard to imagine electronics can actually do this stuff, it's like the future is right here. Haha... Your ideas are awesome

janmike34
May 17, 2011, 11:54 PM
Yeah I like the vid. However what would make the interface much better, and the reason for it happening, would be for complete control and hands-free ability - having to tap something on the screen defeats the purpose, for instance if you're driving or cooking or in the bathroom or something and you can't/don't want to touch the phone, you should be able to control it completely by voice (like the Knowledge Navigator, or current and actually in use Kinect where you simply say "Xbox ..." followed by the command). If your hands are dirty while cooking and you don't want olive oil or flower do get on/in your iOS device, and you need more information you could say "iPad, next page" or "iPad, what is the next step in the cooking process" or if you get a text you can say "iPhone, read text" and then "iPhone ignore" or "iPhone reply with: ..." and then say the message you want the iPhone to type and send to them while you're still stirring or transferring or coating your food.

I thought about doing so with my current video, but decided not to develop it that way for a few reasons.

My concept originally began with how Mac OS X's speech recognition can function you can tell the OS to constantly listen using the microphone for a keyword or phrase. Upon hearing that, the OS would then act accordingly to the command stated after the keyword.

The reason why I didn't do this is because of 1) battery life? 2) privacy concerns. I'm sure if I posted a video of such, many of the comments would discuss how the iPhone is always listening...wherever you go. A computer is stationary, but everyone carries their phone everywhere. And with that, the phone is always listening. 3) Many people might have their default keyword be "iPhone". How many people have iPhone's now? I say the word iPhone on my university's bus, and everyone's phone would then ring that familiar sound.

Of course, I have gotten this kind of feedback a lot (re: much more developed speech recognition that should listen in and act accordingly). In the next few days, look out for another video by me that demonstrates such. :)

DocNYz
May 20, 2011, 05:55 PM
I thought about doing so with my current video, but decided not to develop it that way for a few reasons.

My concept originally began with how Mac OS X's speech recognition can function you can tell the OS to constantly listen using the microphone for a keyword or phrase. Upon hearing that, the OS would then act accordingly to the command stated after the keyword.

The reason why I didn't do this is because of 1) battery life? 2) privacy concerns. I'm sure if I posted a video of such, many of the comments would discuss how the iPhone is always listening...wherever you go. A computer is stationary, but everyone carries their phone everywhere. And with that, the phone is always listening. 3) Many people might have their default keyword be "iPhone". How many people have iPhone's now? I say the word iPhone on my university's bus, and everyone's phone would then ring that familiar sound.

Of course, I have gotten this kind of feedback a lot (re: much more developed speech recognition that should listen in and act accordingly). In the next few days, look out for another video by me that demonstrates such. :)

Yeah since I try not to spend most of my time being paranoid (I'm already skeptical enough) I honestly didn't even think of people bitching about their idea of Jobs huddling over his desk with headphones on listening to every iPhone user's discussions/actions and viewing them on a map of their whereabouts ahah. Although honestly, if apple really wanted to do that (illegally), or the gov or something, I'm pretty sure they could always do that since cell phones first existed.

PS - hopefully the world won't end tomorrow so we can continue bouncing some ideas around ahah.