More Details of iPhone OS 3.0 'Voice Control' Emerge

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Several weeks ago, we mentioned in passing that configuration files for a feature called "Voice Control" had been unearthed in the iPhone OS 3.0 beta. Ars Technica now provides a few additional details about the feature, although the specifics remain unknown. Chiefly, the feature is apparently code-named "Jibbler" and will enable both voice synthesis and voice recognition on the iPhone OS 3.0.
Not much information is known at this time, but according to our own people familiar with the matter, Jibbler appears be an enhancement to the iPhone SpringBoard application, the Finder-esque app that acts as a launcher and will support the newly announced 3.0 Spotlight search. Jibbler may be controlled via the iPhone headset -- button squeezes could be used to record short voice segments from the user, which Jibbler will then interpret. Voice synthesis can then be used to give the user a response, similar to the latest generation iPod shuffle, which can "read" playlists and track names -- the difference being that the iPhone hardware itself could handle real-time voice synthesis.
Ars Technica notes that the evidence allows for the possibility that "Jibbler" could be made available via the SDK to third-party developers for use in their applications. There is also no indication whether the feature would be limited to the next-generation iPhone or if existing devices would also be able to take advantage of it.

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gibbz

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This would be a pretty cool addition. As a developer, I am interested to see if it is available some time soon
 

longofest

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The place they need to put this into first is voice dialing. This has been a major feature that has been needed for hands-free road warriors.
 

steve10172

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One more reason to upgrade to iPhone 2009.
Will there be embedded voice dialling or only through 3rd party apps? any guesses?
 

jonathanbruck

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Jibbler sounds like Google

The jibbler voice control sounds a lot like what the Google app uses as search, only its now a core part of the OS.
 

Chupa Chupa

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Two thumbs up for voice recognition... if it works. Obviously voice dial comes to mind, but I'm thinking about uses for things like iPod control and activating "snooze" w/ an alarm clock app. Think if you could just say "snooze," or maybe more accurately "shut the f* up damn alarm" instead of having to press a button. Beautiful.
 

NokX

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voice-to-text would be sweeeeeet. writing emails and text messages in the car and then having it read it back to you for clarification would be nice.
 

TechWhore

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Voice Dial

How about Bloody Voice Dial! I had a phone 8 years ago, that when I hit my bluetooth earpiece it asked me who i want to call, i would say there name and it would call them! Wow simple enough!

Crimany there are too many phones now a days that don't have this feature! Very annoying when you are not suppose to use your cell when you're driving!
 

brianus

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I don't care about voice recognition, which in my experience has always sucked hard and been more gimmick than reality.. but text to voice would be awesome and a natural addition to the iPhone/iPod Touch platform. I've gotten so used to VoiceOver on the Mac that I find I'm reluctant to strain my eyes and arrest my attention reading RSS articles on the phone anymore. And if Kindle can read eBooks back to you, it's even more essential for a pocket-sized audio player to be able to do the same.
 

axcess99

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How about Bloody Voice Dial! I had a phone 8 years ago, that when I hit my bluetooth earpiece it asked me who i want to call, i would say there name and it would call them! Wow simple enough!

Crimany there are too many phones now a days that don't have this feature! Very annoying when you are not suppose to use your cell when you're driving!
I am trying to read this in a way to give you the benefit of the doubt, but "you are not suppose to use your cell when you're driving" applies to talking on the phone not just dialing (even hands-free phones have not shown to be any safer). So unless you mean that somehow not driving makes voice-dialing a more useful feature, well I just don't know where you are going.
 

str1f3

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How about Bloody Voice Dial! I had a phone 8 years ago, that when I hit my bluetooth earpiece it asked me who i want to call, i would say there name and it would call them! Wow simple enough!

Crimany there are too many phones now a days that don't have this feature! Very annoying when you are not suppose to use your cell when you're driving!
You should read the story from arstechnica.

from ars:

Besides the coolness factor that the voice control features add to the iPhone, they also bring the promise of voice-controlled dialing, a feature that other phones have had for some time. Also, it could aid in hands-free operation for safety in certain situations, like driving, and act as an assistive user interface method for those with some sight impairments.
 

Chupa Chupa

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Crimany there are too many phones now a days that don't have this feature! Very annoying when you are not suppose to use your cell when you're driving!
Thank the service providers for that. They insist these features are removed from "their" phones so that they can create an extra fee service for them. I think consumers are getting a little fed up with the ever increasing nickel and diming though. It's bad enough our phone bills (in the U.S. at least) have a half dozen taxes and "recovery" fees tacked on.
 
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