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Voice Activated MP3 player

samzenpus posted more than 9 years ago | from the pushing-buttons-is-hard dept.

Music 236

g0dsp33d writes "A US company is working on a voice controlled MP3 player for applications like cars where touch control is not as feasible. Considering technology like radar breaking and AI steering for robots, it reminds me of the possibility for a real life version of the car from Night Rider, KITT. Minus the cool jump effects, of course."

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One song you'll not be able to play (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416474)

"Stop, what's that sound." It'll shut off right after it starts.

Re:One song you'll not be able to play (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416704)

:) Very Godelian

We should call it "I cannot be played on MP3 player X"

Re:One song you'll not be able to play (1)

fcolari (699389) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416778)

Not a problem as I think you are quoting "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield.

Re:One song you'll not be able to play (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416863)

That song needs work. Maybe if you mix it with some hiphop or funk it will fix it.

Re:One song you'll not be able to play (1)

fcolari (699389) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416929)

Not a problem as Public Enemy sampled it in "He Got Game" :)

Re:One song you'll not be able to play (1)

Mortlath (780961) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416900)

I know that the parent post was a joke, but if they design the MP3 right, that won't be a progblem.

They just need the player to compare the input with the music being played and ignore the music in the input.

There are currently system's available commerically that are used in that fashion when background noise is problematic.

GNAA first post (-1, Troll)

Michael the thief (850461) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416475)

first fucking post you motherfucking jews. oh yea, fuck you michael.

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416477)

If I play an MP3 of someone saying "off" will it turn it self off?

Not for me, thanks (5, Funny)

drivinghighway61 (812488) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416480)

I'll actually be avoiding this, as I don't want anyone else to hear that I'm listening to Britney Spears.

Wait.

Damn it!

Re:Not for me, thanks (0, Offtopic)

VisualPolitics (843083) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416725)

I know the feeling. I get self-concious when I'm listening to Yanni. If someone should happen to over-hear my music, I might be seen as the incredibly sensitive man that I am. BTW, check this out: Rush Limbaugh humps CNN's Daryn Kagan [blogspot.com] Bush has Condi on a leash... [blogspot.com]

Re:Not for me, thanks (1)

jE (33421) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416769)


Play Motorhead
(ding) - Playing Britney Spears

What ? Nooo ! Turn it off
(ding) - You have selected "open all windows"

Whaaat ?!!?? Close the damn window.. Its freezing (mumble mumble)
(ding) - Did you say - Close the window ?

YES !
(ding) - Closing windows

Damit.. Turn on the air conditioning
(ding) - Did you say - Turn on the ..(airflow noise)..

YES !!!!!!
(ding) - Now playing Britney Spears "Turn on The Night"

Re:Not for me, thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416878)

I listen to Britney Spears when I'm working out because she inspires me. When it says "hit me baby one for time" I pretend she is telling me to do an extra push up.

Voice = Voice, Mp3 = Sound (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416491)

Can the Mp3 player turn itself off by making it play a soundtrack saying, "Shut down"?

Re:Voice = Voice, Mp3 = Sound (1)

pfraser (651313) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416515)

Can the Mp3 player turn itself off by making it play a soundtrack saying, "Shut down"?

You're not the first smart alec to ask this. ;) No, it likely can't. Why? Because voice recognition absolutely sucks for noisy environments - ie, a car where there's music playing.

It probably won't be able to understand you, let alone the music...

Re:Voice = Voice, Mp3 = Sound (1)

MrRTFM (740877) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416588)

Because voice recognition absolutely sucks for noisy environments - ie, a car where there's music playing.

I thought that the noise cancellation would be easier seeing that they have the source of the music, so they can phase it out 180 degrees.

But, other than that - voice recognition in a car would still suck (like it does everywhere else)

Re:Voice = Voice, Mp3 = Sound (1)

KingPunk (800195) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416685)

but better yet, what about the mp3 player that had an album or song, titled: "shut down"
..and it'd be a control word combo, to shut it off..
oh the fun. you'd never hear that album i bet ;)

Re:Voice = Voice, Mp3 = Sound (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416619)

Bah, that's nothing, imagine when all of the cars goes fully voice activated, you play "Reminiscing" and during the song, you find your transmission in the middle of the road because you're car automagically went into "park". and you're looking at the bottom of the ditch. ;)

KITT was in Knight Rider (3, Funny)

Vietomatic (520138) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416503)

...and ITT was in Night Rider.

Simpson's Nightboat! (3, Funny)

Man in Spandex (775950) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416687)

Michael: Faster, Knightboat! We gotta catch those starfish poachers.
Knightboat: You don't have to yell, Michael, I'm all around you.

Don't break the radar (3, Insightful)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416507)

How much training is required to operate this thing reliably? With voice training, you can get any piece of software to ignore non-operator commands.

But I'm loath to sit out in the cold just to program the stupid thing in my sleigh.

How big a deal is it to take a fraction of a second to change the song anyway? We do it all the time with the radio, A/C, and speedometer already.

Re:Don't break the radar (1)

Mitsoid (837831) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416733)

My MP3 player has hundreds of albums on it... it takes me up to 15-20 seconds to find a song that isn't on a playlist... it only takes one second for road conditions to change... we... at least in Metropolitan areas... From my experiences in the DC area for so many years, there's alot of crazy stuff that happens here... like a 5-lane change/left turn in the middle of an intersection, cutting off an 18-wheeler (Sept. 2004), and another fool changing lanes in the middle of an intersection (Nov. 2004), if i wasn't looking directly at the car he would have side-swiped my front passenger side quarter panel... can tell you I'd much rather throw myself into a ditch then get forced into one uncontrollably... and voice-controlled commands would be a huge help on keeping eyes on the road....

Scenario (4, Funny)

k4_pacific (736911) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416508)

I'm sitting in a crowded place, listening to the White Album on my new voice activated MP3 player.

Me (quietly): Play Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey.

MP3 player: Please speak louder.

Me: Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey.

MP3 player: Please speak louder.

Me (shouting): Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey!!!

Everyone turns and looks at me. I make a mad dash for the exit.

Re:Scenario (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416535)

"The roof is on fire!" Yeah that one wouldn't go over to well.

Re:Scenario (3, Funny)

MikeXpop (614167) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416537)

I'd be more worried if I wanted to play "Why Don't We Do it in the Road?".

Re:Scenario (1)

caino59 (313096) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416949)

floyd's "several species of small fury animals gathered together in a cave and grooving with a pict" would surely get some attention too

im pretty sure thats the title anyway...

My two cents... (2, Informative)

odano (735445) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416509)

I dont find using my radio while driving to really be that difficult. I don't even have to look at it to change CD, tracks or alter the volume.

It seems to me that if the system was not perfect, IE it has common errors and played the wrong songs, that would make me more annoyed than the prospect of having to reach down to change something.

I guess you can call me crazy, but I still like adjusting dials and getting some feedback when I change the volume or change tracks, and i'm not sure I would like a voice activated system.

Re:My two cents... (1)

tivoKlr (659818) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416527)

What'd be really sweet is if it could read the track names and info to you instead of you having to read them yourself...

Re:My two cents... (4, Insightful)

}InFuZeD{ (52430) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416759)

You seem to be missing the point.

If your mp3 player has 3000 songs, and you're looking for one... you're gonna be doing quite a few clicks on that radio to get to it.

The voice navigation will work a bit faster. Make that a lot faster.

background noise and trigger words? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416511)

Will it be able to hear me when the radio is on loud?

Also, I hope instructions require a trigger word first .. like in star trek they say "computer, do this" .. "computer, do that" .. so that the car knows that it's being talked to.

Otherwise I imagine it will be chaotic.

What if a radio announcer or song says something perceived as an instruction ..maybe even deliberately .. so the trigger word's gotta be user definable.

Re:background noise and trigger words? (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416693)

Computer? Computer?

Ah yes, the mouse. [Holds up mouse to mouth]

Hello computer?

Re:background noise and trigger words? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416757)

Mouse. How quaint.

Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416512)

There already exists in voice-controlled car radios with built-in CD players. This is different how?

Dangerous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416516)

"Turn it up, yeah yeah this is how it goes moth******, turn it UP, TURN IT U" *Sound of exploding speakers*

Wish the iPod had this... (3, Funny)

mikeb39 (670045) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416517)

It's my biggest gripe with the iPod that nobodys built a voice activated accessory yet. When I'm drunk off my rocker and want to select a particular song, it takes forever. Overscroll, scroll back, overscroll, scroll back, etc. Very frustration. (I suppose it would also be useful when you've been running or just naturally get sweaty hands, as it's near impossible to use the touch wheel with moist fingers).

Okay, so an interface like that with the iPod is probably not possible, how hard could it be to introduce it on new iPods? Just say a artist, song name or album and get zipped right to it!

Re:Wish the iPod had this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416539)

Or you could stop binge drinking...

Re:Wish the iPod had this... (4, Insightful)

Propagandhi (570791) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416560)

I doubt the little CPU in the iPod is robust enough to provide any kind of voice recognition support. Not to mention those little mic accessories aren't exactly Hi-Fi, they're just unpowered microphones IIRC. Besides, this won't be the smallest software sweet, and I'm definitely not willing to give up a couple hundered mb's of space on my DAP just to look like a fool yelling at it belligerently...

The way I see it one of two things needs to happen before this becomes truely feasible:

1) Voice recognition software needs to become much more effiecient.

-or-

2) The low power\ultra compact CPU's in DAP's need get significantly more powerful..

Re:Wish the iPod had this... (1)

Elminst (53259) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416562)

When I'm drunk off my rocker and want to select a particular song, it takes forever. Overscroll, scroll back, overscroll, scroll back, etc

And you think it's going to understand your drunken shhhlurrerredddedd blabbering any better? ;)

Re:Wish the iPod had this... (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416573)

When I'm drunk off my rocker and want to select a particular song, it takes forever.

And it will be able to recognize slurred drunken speech?

it's near impossible to use the touch wheel with moist fingers).

Must resist. Too easy. Must resist.

Jump Effects (1)

Meagermanx (768421) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416518)

Hey now, let's not write off those cool Jump Effects too soon, okay?

You fail it! (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416520)

it reminds me of the possibility for a real life version of the car from Night Rider, KITT

It's Knight Rider, and KITT stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand.

I don't want my car to talk to me. I want it to run on water

Or at least stop breaking and get 100 mpg.

Forget the talking.

Re:You fail it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416542)

KITT [screentalk.biz] can run on water.

Re:You fail it! (4, Funny)

djupedal (584558) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416723)

I don't want my car to talk to me. I want it to run on water

Hell, I'd be happy if mine could walk on water...

Re:You fail it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416895)

You can run snowmobiles on water, but I don't see a lot of snowmobiles with mp3 players or robot brains!

Re:You fail it! (1)

CptnSbaitso (800632) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416899)

Or at least stop breaking and get 100 mpg.

You can get 100 mpg if you take off the brakes?

What? Oh.

Re:You fail it! (1)

mikiN (75494) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416927)

I want it to run on water

Amen!

Over here [spiritofmaat.com] ...
(Note: You need to use the "wbxr" and "rot13" plugins to view this!)

What about people singing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416524)

What about people who sing really loud like myself? Also what about if you play your music really loud and someone in the song yells 'Next' or 'Pause'.

Seems flawed to me.

Article is a smidge light on the details.. (1)

Propagandhi (570791) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416530)

This kind of tech is a little too CPU intensive for a normal Digital Audio Player CPU (some of them can't even keep up with Vorbis) so I don't think there's much of a chance this will make it into any kind of portable player, which is a pity. There are plenty of situations (at the gym, biking, canoeing) in which this could be useful.. provided it works, of course.

Not a big loss, I guess, voice recognition software has always been a little sketchy (although I'm sure it's improved since my first experiences with it) and I doubt this will be all that usable in a convertable or even a sedan with numerous open windows. Nice idea, but I don't see it being any kind of revolutionary success..

Re:Article is a smidge light on the details.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416614)

My 3 year old cell phone has voice recognition capability and I use it all the time.

Fighting over music (1)

Palal (836081) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416532)

Now the kiddies will be able to fight what music to listen to in the car. This will surely divert their parents' attention from driving. This is just like hooking up a clapper ("clap-on, clap-off" - a device that turns on/off lights when it detects a clap) to the lights of an auditorium full of people during a concert.

you're fine until.... (3, Funny)

Elminst (53259) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416538)

They have a voice activated car with one of these in it....

Telling it to "Back up" while you're cruising at highway speeds would end up with your transmission in the middle of the road and you looking at the bottom of a ditch!! ;)

Re:you're fine until.... (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416705)

I wasn't thinking that far ahead, more like yelling "ERASE ALL FILES!" on a crowded subway train and see how many swear because their players were just blanked.

Re:you're fine until.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416855)

Using fast forward while waiting for green light might have undesired effects aswell.

Nah.. (1)

ciroknight (601098) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416541)

I just don't think this is such a good idea. It would be great for cell phones (dial such and such), but for MP3 Players, I don't think that the technology is there, nor do I believe that anyone would want to use it. Imagine trying to play a song called "Sk8r Boi" or something similiar...

On top of that, why not just use steering wheel mounted paddle controllers? They keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, and are very easy to access..

Re:Nah.. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416581)

Imagine trying to play a song called "Sk8r Boi" or something similiar...

That's not a bug, it's a feature.

Re:Nah.. (1)

jonwil (467024) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416884)

Lots of newer cars already have buttons on the steering wheel that control the audio.

Radar breaking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416544)

WTF does a broken radar have to do with any of this?

Re:Radar breaking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416849)

Listen, you don't what to stand beside a *WORKING* radar... especially if its high powered because it will cook you with microwave radiation.

Remember the inverse square law!

How will it hear me over the music? (1)

shoolz (752000) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416545)

See subject.

W00t (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416548)

This will now allow me to fulfill my David hasslehoff fantasy!

-Kitt, find me some women!

-I'm sorry, I can't do that Dave.

Get the cool jumps (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416550)

Read this article about the new suspension from Bose and you can get some of the cool jump effects.
http://www.popsci.com/popsci/bown/2004/a utotech/ar ticle/0,22221,750663-1,00.html

clapper syndrome (3, Interesting)

evilmousse (798341) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416552)


will it suffer from clapper syndrom, like when you have a stereo plugged into the clapper and the song includes clapping?

idunno what the control words would be, but i bet there's enough songs with the word "louder" in it to make it suck.

Knight Rider NES game (0, Redundant)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416556)

I loved that game. If you ran out of time in a drive, just keep jumping. Until you stop coasting, the game won't end.

Re:Knight Rider NES game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416790)

That's awesome. They should make an American Idol video game for NES.

A few thoughts (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416561)

A few thoughts:

How will this react to similar words to its commands being used?
if the song has the command words?
if the music is too loud for the device to hear the words?
if at least two people in a small area have the device and are trying to use it at the same time?

Does it only respond to a given vocal pattern?
Voice imprint?
Words that sound too similar to its commands?
Its command words not directed at itself (as in telling someone to stop doing something)?

touch control isn't feasible? (3, Insightful)

dj42 (765300) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416564)

Are there a bunch of armless drivers I'm not aware of? If you're too incompetent to take your hand off the wheel and adjust your music track, you probably shouldn't be driving anyway. Or allowed to own a car.

Re:touch control isn't feasible? (1)

RollingThunder (88952) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416747)

You also need to look where your finger is going. That is technically dangerous - those kids have a pesky habit of jumping out in front of you.

Re:touch control isn't feasible? (1)

magefile (776388) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416756)

It is possible to drive without the use of your arms. But it is also possible to hook up a radio to an appropriate control, so ...

Re:touch control isn't feasible? (2, Informative)

Medgur (172679) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416796)

Where does that logic end? ...If you're too incompetent to take your hand off the wheel and dial your cell phone, you probably shouldn't be driving anyway. ...If you're too incompetent to take your hand off the wheel and find which CD you want, you probably shouldn't be driving anyway. ...If you're too incompetent to take your hand off the wheel and turn on the DVD, you probably shouldn't be driving anyway.

Re:touch control isn't feasible? (1)

AEton (654737) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416798)

It's people like you that succumb to number three [everything2.com] .

Re:touch control isn't feasible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416924)

My free hand is usually occupied, thank you very much.

Who needs KITT? (1)

The Ape With No Name (213531) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416572)

it reminds me of the possibility for a real life version of the car from Night Rider, KITT

When you have this. [post-literate.com] Floating of the Wings of Tenderness!

Not my iPod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416582)

It won't take long before we hear the same 250 posts about why the iPod is better and how iTunes is so great.
I'll try this and assume the moderators will mod every other instance of these sayings as redundant instead of insightful because they have been mentioned in EVERY single iPod and portable music player story for the past 2 years.

The scroll wheel is awesome

Apple design is the best

I love the integration of iTunes and the iPod.

The iPod just works.

It is about style, not just about listening to music on a portable player.

I am completely happy with exactly what the iPod provides and I do not want any other options or features because it will cause the batter to wear down faster.

The iPod battery lasts longer then you think and it can be replaced cheaply.

Re:Not my iPod (1)

Magickcat (768797) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416830)

iPod is better and iTunes is so great. I am completely happy with exactly what the iPod provides and I do not want any other options or features because it will cause the batter to wear down faster. The iPod just works and Apple design is the best.

It is about style, not just about listening to music on a portable player. The scroll wheel is awesome, also the iPod battery lasts longer then you think and it can be replaced cheaply.

voice control is hard why? (2, Informative)

mobiux (118006) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416604)

My cell phone can dial things now.

My guess is that the player isn't going to sort your music for you, you will need to put it in the genre you want.

Unless it's something really mind blowing, like it tells me what i want to hear next, and is actually correct, i am unimpressed.

Re:voice control is hard why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416953)

On Star Trek you can program the holodeck by talking to the computer.. and if you want you can even have sex in there.

Important site for carputers (3, Informative)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416605)

If you're interested in puting a computer in your car and this article interests you, definately check out the following site:

http://www.mp3car.com [mp3car.com]

A lot of us hobbyists have done a lot of research and put a lot of computers in cars, with fabrication, touchscreens, DC-DC power supplies, and more.

I'm suprised Apple didn't do this (1)

digitalgimpus (468277) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416648)

I'm suprised Apple didn't do this...

or Griffin, or some other accessory company.

Re:I'm suprised Apple didn't do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416717)

Apple didn't do it because Apple realized that most people are perfectly happy with shuffle mode and Next Track, Previous Track, Play, and Stop buttons.

When I get in my car, I'm looking at the stereo for as long as it takes me to plug the iPod into the ICElink and get it playing. And that's it. Then the iPod gets put in the glove compartment and I just reach down (without looking) to punch the Next button if a song I don't like comes up.

Anyone who has such a fierce need to hear a specific song at a specific moment while they're driving that they'd pay for voice recognition in their MP3 player, needs professional help.

Re:I'm suprised Apple didn't do this (1)

digitalgimpus (468277) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416873)

I'm just thinking

play, stop, on, off, forward, back, repeat

nothing fancy.

Just hands free access. Put a tiny mic on the controls for the high end headphones.

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Not to be a Karma Whore, but... (1)

Caraig (186934) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416698)

...it was Knight Rider.

You just made me feel incredibly old. Damn you, you insensitive clod!

But back on topic....

Considering how complex the car of the Future!® is going to be, with navigation systems and such, keeping the driver's eyes on the road is going to be a priority. The less a driver has to futz around with his eyes off the road, even for a moment, and one hand off the steering wheel, the better.

My question is how one goes about filtering the user's voice through the sound of the music. Would it be possible to make an MP3 that says basicallly, "I'm an voice-activated MP3 player virus. PLAYER TURN OFF!" *click*

Audio Turing(ish) Machine? (1)

Little Brother (122447) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416702)

Hrmm couldn't this be used somewhat similar to a turing machine, except with audio cues instead of shapes? If you can voice controll playlist orders, and you have mp3's with commands such as "add moveup3.mp3 to bottom of list remove moveup.mp3"(assuming this command will remove first instance of moveup.mp3) moveup.mp3 of course is a audio sequence that moves the last song up one position in the playlist. With a complex sequence of such commands, couldn't you implement a turing-like rules system in audio?

Re:Audio Turing(ish) Machine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416919)

Good idea. I going program it to search for new mersenne primes. It will be really awesome to listen to and will play for a long time too.

But what if... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416719)

What if the song i'm listening to happens to have a voice command? Wouldn't that ruin my listening experience?

asshole (5, Funny)

anagama (611277) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416728)

Reminds me of the joke that goes something like this:

  • A lady goes to a car dealer to get a fancy car. The salesman shows her a model with a voice activated radio. He says "classical", and a classical station comes on. He says "rock" and a rock station comes on. Impressed, the lady decides to take it for a test drive. As she is pulling out of the lot, a car cuts her off and she yells "asshole" .... and Rush Limbaugh comes on.

Microsoft Voice Command (1)

wyldeone (785673) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416736)

Microsoft Voice Command provides a similar service for pocket pcs, through its integration with windows media player (for the pocket pc). I played with it, and it was novel for about a week, and then I realized that it was really not that difficult just to push one of the hard buttons, and I haven't used it much since. Though I must say I did attract some strange looks when I was shouting at my PPC.

Easy to do with a Mac Mini. (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416743)

Mac OS X already has voice recognition. Use a bit of Applescript, and with iTunes, you're off to the races..

-jcr

Re:Easy to do with a Mac Mini. (1)

eomnimedia (444806) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416930)

Yeah, and have you tried it in a noisy environment?

Me: Computer, tell me a joke.
Compy: Knock, knock?

Me: Who's there?
Compy: ---

Me: WHO. IS. THERE?
Compy: ---

Me: (Bill Cosby voice) WHOO! IISSS! THERE!?
Compy: Knock, knock.

Me: *sigh*

Big deal... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416748)

I had an mp3 player (that used a 1GB removable IBM micro drive) that used voice commands (including voice recognition on song/album/band names) nearly 3 years ago. Whoop-di-freaking-do.

Appropriate Quote (1)

Rie Beam (632299) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416760)

Reminds me of a Bash quote...

i got new car radio the other day, its pretty cool. you shout soul and it plays soul, you shout rock and it plays rock. the other day some kids ran past my car and i yelled "FUCKING KIDS" and it played michael jackson.

You want cool jumping effects... (1)

gameboyhippo (827141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416801)

Forget the voice activated MP3 player. Why not opt for voice activated hydrolics? With something like that, girls would be (as Strongbad would say) "all up ons".

We're nerds! (1)

Magickcat (768797) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416809)

There is no facet of life couldn't be enhanced with a talking car.

I've got this already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416814)

It's called my iMac running iTunes with the Apple voice commands enabled.

But, as others have pointed out, the problem is that if the hardware's constantly listening for voice input, it's very likely to be fooled by the music that's playing. If you're wearing headphones, this isn't a problem. But when I was first playing around with this in my apartment, my computer kept jumping tracks because it thought it heard me say "next". Plus, Safari would pop up randomly and go to my favorite websites.

Unless this player is going to have some really expensive voice recognition hardware in it, this isn't going to fly anytime soon.

Voice control sucks. (1)

headkase (533448) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416827)

I'd rather have everything displayed within an integrated HUD that is projected onto the windshield (I know this has been done just can't remember the make and model of the car) and then add eye tracking components. Want to go to the next track? Glance at the next track button on the HUD. That's a lot better than trying to get voice recognition software to operate in a very noisy environment (at least the noise would be the music itself and at worse include external road noises).
And what if the music had vocal commands that could feedback into the system? Some song somewhere contains words such as 'play', 'stop', etc...

It's all about the filters (2, Informative)

Columcille (88542) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416846)

I don't know just how sophisticated technology in these things would be, but theoretically it shouldn't be too difficult to keep an audio system from responding to commands issued by the audio file. Voice recognition is done by analyzing the signal from audio, a process known as digital signal processing. When the signal matches something the system knows to look for, the programmed response is called.

A major problem with voice recognition technology is when the technology cannot differentiate the speaker from the background noise. Not knowing what is reliable and what is noise, the system can be more prone to error. In this case, however, the system would know what it is outputting and to my thinking should be able to ignore any signal currently being output. Any incoming audio signal would be compared against the outgoing signal and if it matched it could simply be ignored. This should make it possible to eliminate noise coming from various sources, perhaps even something to detect noise outside the car and filter it out as well.

This is just my thinking. :) My DSP experience is limited to working with a group of DSP people, and my project had nothing to do with theirs. I just picked up a fact here and there. :) Still, this seems a possible solution to me.

I love that the article is written by John Oates (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11416861)

I was wondering what happened to him since he split from Daryl Hall.

Voice Activated MP3 player (1)

dabigpaybackski (772131) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416866)

Awesome. I'm gonna get mine and I'll be like, "Tea, Earl Gray, hot." And then it will be like, "I can't do that, Dave," and then electrocute me.

breaking or braking? (1)

scottfk (125751) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416883)

Is that radar breaking, or radar braking?

Cool Jump Effect (1)

nrlightfoot (607666) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416885)

Just put the new Bose suspension system on the car if you want it to jump. Check out the last paragraph on page four of this article [popsci.com] for a description.

HUMM welcome to what 6 years ago (1)

Tracccer (796623) | more than 9 years ago | (#11416914)

Lets me think about this a min.. oh Yea clarion had Voice oh about 6 years ago. And for those that keep thinking about kitt they had the kitt thaeme for it.
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