voice recognition

The Hal 9000 Of Grills Tells You When It's Time To Flip The Meat

No one likes a backseat griller, especially if you’ve spent years perfecting your BBQ craft. But a little coaching can help avoid turning steak into charcoal for those starting out. Lynx’s voice-activated Smart Grill will actually ask you what’s going on the barbie so it can then recommend the perfect setting, placement and grill times — no fathers-in-law required.


Apple's Latest Purchase Could Bring Siri Offline

It’s all well and good being able to call upon your own pocketable Siri butler, but I don’t remember Bruce Wayne’s buddy Alfred relying on a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection before he could stitch up his crime-fighting boss. Apple’s aware of the limitations that a mandatory web connection brings to Siri functionality, and it seems to be looking to rectify it with a new purchase.


Apple Just Acquired Patents That Could Put Siri In Charge Of U.S. Homes

While we were all focused on sensors that fit on our wrists, Apple was quietly winning 38 patents for a system of sensors as big as a house.


PlayStation 4 Will Feature Kinect-Like Voice Control

According to Sony, the PlayStation 4 will feature a voice command system which will allow users to control the console by speaking to it — much like the Xbox One’s Kinect-powered system. The feature will be routed through PlayStation Camera’s built-in microphone, and Sony plans to dribble out details of how it might be used soon.


Google Search Can Now Answer Questions About Your Specific Life

Between the always-listening Moto X and the promise of conversational search, it’s pretty clear that Google’s ultimate goal is to become your very own, sci-fi, voice-controlled personal assistant. And the new features Google’s adding to search are bringing us even closer.


UK Bank Phone Verification System Uses Your Voice As Your Password

The days of having to remember your childhood dog’s mother’s maiden name or what street your first high school mascot lived on could soon be a thing of the past. UK financial services firm Barclay Wealth has recently introduced a verification system that uses biometrics, rather than random facts, to confirm your are who you say you are.


Eric Schmidt: Controlling Google Glass With Your Voice Is 'The Weirdest Thing'

There’s a lot of quirkiness to Google Glass and a lot of stuff that Google still has to figure out. One of those things, according to ol’ Google CEO Eric Schmidt, is talking out loud to control Google Glass. In a talk at Harvard today, Schmitty literally called it “the weirdest thing”.


How Apple Is Taking Over Your Car

It’s no secret that late Apple CEO Steve Jobs was keen on bringing the company’s technology to the automotive world. In fact, according to longtime Apple board member Mickey Drexler, “Steve’s dream before he died was to design an iCar.” Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Shiller, echoed those sentiments during the company’s copyright infringement trial against Samsung, saying there had been discussion of Apple making a vehicle.


Amazon Acquires Siri-Like App Company

Amazon has ponied up a cool $US26 million for a company that builds a voice-recognition app called Evi — yes, essentially a Siri clone — prompting speculation about a forthcoming phone from Bezos and co.


How Google Makes Android Understand You

It’s the future, and that being the case, you’re going to want to talk to your smartphone and have it make heads or tails of what you’re saying. Getting that to work can be a pretty tough job, however, unless your phone can learn like a human. Wired explains that’s exactly what Google’s Jelly Bean operating system does.