Computer, talk to me!

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  1. jmufellow macrumors regular

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    I have been having way too much fun and wasting way too much time on the speech program where you talk to the computer and tell it to do things. It just blows my mind. Anyway, I'm tired of it telling me the same knock knock jokes and think that I am ready to tell it what to tell me. Is there anyway to set it so that it replies to something you say. For example I say: "hi how are you" and the computer voice says: "I'm fine and you?" and and stuff like that. I know I don't have a life, it's saddening. If you have any ideas on how to get a life you can post those too. I'll be forever grateful.
     
  2. MacTurtle macrumors member

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    Not so sad, I've been the same way.

    I'll tell you what I found out. If you drop an alias in the speakable items folder (you can get there by going to system preferences, opening speech, then click on commands and click on open speakable items folder), then you can open that application by saying "open adium" and adium will open.

    I wrote a simple apple script and saved it in the speakable items folder and named it Thank you

    So now when I say Thank you, Rem will say Your Welcome.

    In script editor this is what is in the file Thank you

    on run
    set theText to "You're welcome"
    say theText using "Vicky"
    end run

    For simple command/response, that's all you need to do. :)

    Good luck! Have fun! I have. /grin
     
  3. Verto macrumors 6502a

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  4. MacTurtle macrumors member

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    Go to system preferences, then click on speech. Now click speakable items: On

    Proceed to play. It works best if you have a mic. :) See above for how to add more commands.

    Have fun!
     
  5. jmufellow thread starter macrumors regular

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    It won't work for me. I copied your script to the editor and when I tell it to run, I hear Vicky say "your welcome" But when I moved it to the speakable items folder, it will recognize my command (making the "whit" sound) but it won't say your welcome. How rude! Maybe this isn't a complete script? i'm script illiterate btw.
     
  6. prophet621 macrumors member

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    I've been looking for something like this for mac also. I had something for Windows that would learn information you told it (by voice or type) and I could say things like 'add John Doe 555-123-4567"...etc and it would add the information into it's memory so if I needed it later all I had to do was ask. It greeted me when I got on the computer ask random questions like how my day was and things like that and I could lauch my apps before I touched the mouse or keyboard. I also had a bunch of voices and even my own custom person who would sit on my desktop with MS agent that would move in response to commands or conversations or just boredom.

    It was fun to play around with and handy for adding information. I really wish there was something simular for mac. It's ashame that Windows has something as old as Agent (hasn't been updated since before XP was released) that can be programmed to do most of this but macs don't seem to have anything remotely close.
     
  7. snkTab macrumors 6502a

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    You can buy quality voices at Cepstal. Iconsider their flagship as 'David', very very smooth. Listen to the standard mac ones and then run their demo.
     
  8. GorillaPaws macrumors 6502a

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    Back in the day, my family had the PM 6600. It was in the 1st gen ppc's. Included in the os was a voice recognition program that was almost identical to what we still have in Tiger. I used to spend hours scripting fun conversations: mostly to tick off my sister. E.g. "Computer, how are you today" "Good because your worthless sister isn't using me right now." Stuff like that. I'd always make sure she was w/in earshot once I got a new script up. My sis and I are cool now, of course. Growing up will do that to you. But I guess I just brought this up to let people know that Macs have been doing this stuff just as long/if not longer than the pc gang. I guess what really bothers me is that they haven't really done anything with it in 10years. I mean the voices still sound like drunk Norwegians (no offense to drunk Norwegians). It still gets your verbal commands wrong 10-20% of the time, and it's just all-round inelegant, not very Apple-like.
     
  9. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

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    i swear talking to a computer is the best way to get a switcher (my friend talking to his ibook got me) its just so damn cool like the future is now :D
     
  10. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    I can't believe that I forgot all about that feature. It is just so cool now :D and now I can look silly talking to my PB in Red Square at my University :p
     
  11. snkTab macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, talking to your computer is cool to show friends, but not something you do in public.

    Imagine repeating the "What time is it?" 50 times and then OS X lauches your porn.
     
  12. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Hmmm, a wrist-watch fetish? :p


    I turned this feature on and my friends and I tried FOREVER for it to tell us jokes. Then, when we finally heard them they were SO HORRIBLE.

    We love them-- they're HORRIBLE. :)
     
  13. jmufellow thread starter macrumors regular

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  14. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    err, non-sequitor?

    That's not a voice-command, is it? :D
     
  15. jmufellow thread starter macrumors regular

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    It makes perfect sense..Vicky is the standard voice that comes in OS X. You should know that you uncultured swine :eek:

    and don't you dare insult her either. I mean what's not to love about her, you can type anything...ANYTHING and she'll say it! it sounds like she enjoys it too.
     
  16. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Ohhhhh I didn't know that was the name... I've had mine set to Fred. :p

    And I don't use it a lot. Eh.
    *shrug*
     
  17. snkTab macrumors 6502a

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  18. untamedhysteria macrumors regular

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    my thoughts exactly
     

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