Are You Ready to Have a Chat With Your Car?

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by King Cobra, May 31, 2004.

  1. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
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    Talking cars might have caught on decades ago, if only they had something worthwhile to say. Instead, they chided drivers to buckle up or turn on the headlights. And early efforts to build cars that listened to a driver's instructions were barely more helpful: asking the air-conditioner for 72 degrees, often as not, resulted in the radio lurching from soothing jazz to a station blasting out heavy metal.

    Developing voice-activated controls for autos is a demanding task due to interference caused by wind noise and the rumble generated by rough road surfaces. To improve the accuracy of the systems, the computing giant [I.B.M.] is taking a creative tack, supplementing the audio input with a video channel programmed to read lips. Using infrared sensors to assure effective operation after dark and to track the position of the mouth, the system matches lip movements to a database and correlates the results with input from a microphone.
  2. Sparky's macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    "Oh car....** D** it car listen up!!!! start your damn engine!!

    Cute concept, same as talking computers, and talking appliances of all types. When are they going to figure out the syntax formula for artificial voices? I'm really tired of these mono-tone squeaky chalk board sounding voices being generated from "high tech" computers. This is one area I feel is really lacking in R&D for the end user audience.

    Get a voice that works (hint- take a clue from Star Trek when the Enterprises main frame is serviced by a planet with only women on board and they give it a really cutesy attitude!! :D now thats a voice I want on my computer as well as in my car. I'd crash just getting out of the driveway.
  3. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality

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