Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cell Phone Technology Continues to be Nuance’d

Gone are the days of voice commands, such as “call mom,” on your cell phone. These days you can talk to your phone naturally to retrieve information from your mobile Web browser. Nuance has created a mobile application called Open Voice Search that transforms a spoken phrase into text using voice recognition software. The text is then entered into a search engine and the results are sent to you on your mobile browser. You can search for a person’s phone number out of a white pages search, find ringtones for your phone or find driving directions from the phone’s navigation tools or from online maps.

Rumor has it that Open Voice Search will be available on T-Mobile and Verizon, since the new technology was shown off using these two carriers’ branded phones, but no official announcement has been made. I’m not sure if this application adds to the preconception that we’re a lazy society or if it exemplifies how new advances can simplify our lives and make us more efficient. What I am sure of is that I can’t wait to chat with my phone instead of just on my phone!

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