06-26-2008, 12:11 PM
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I was fortunate to have it download and install without a hitch. I was quite impressed by the setup process, as it walks you through everything it needs to do (or have you do) and checks to make sure things are working before moving on.
I think it's a great idea, but I'm underwhelmed. The recognition, for me, isn't that great. I appreciate that it gets better over time, so this is fine.
Why I'm underwhelmed is that it's not a handsfree tool. You still need to do things on the device to accept, edit, or choose. For example, a "Note2Self" should simply send the e-mail upon me releasing the key. Granted, this would eliminate the ability to edit the text. But, if the recognition can get to the point where it's good enough for a Note2Self, that shouldn't be necessary.
I'd also like to see it be a full keystroke injection tool, where you get speak and it'd inject what you wrote into whatever app you're in. The FAQ addresses this (sort of). So, it's an idea for the future. Point is: simply opening an app by voice... is that really useful if you can't continue to use voice to operate it?
This said, I am impressed with the attention to detail in (as I said) the setup, the general interface, the configurability, and the fact that it serves as an excellent prototype for a full speech-controlled product. It's nice that they extended the speech recognition functionality in the LiveSearch app to other things.
One last thing: as far as I can tell, recognition does NOT occur on the device. What it does is captures what you're saying (I assume up to a relatively small limit especially if you don't have much free memory), send it to a server to be converted to text, sends the text back to the device, and then has the device perform the action. This can be quite slow, especially if you don't have a higher-speed connection. It also means that it doesn't work if you don't have data service.
At least that's what it seems.