Voice control is one of the core capabilities of the Amazon Echo: the tall, black cylinder comes with a basic remote and some on-board buttons, but speaking commands and questions is the most intuitive way of interacting with it. If you're wondering just what your Echo can do and which commands it responds to, here's a comprehensive list.
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Some child advocates are clamouring for Mattel to halt production of a new "smart" Barbie that can have conversations with your kid. The Barbie's powered by voice recognition artificial intelligence that's becoming increasingly prevalent in our everyday gadgets, but that doesn't mean it doesn't freak people out. Especially when kids are involved.
You may have read reports that the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has introduced voiceprint technology which aims to do away with cumbersome identity verification processes on the telephone.
When you phone the ATO call centre, instead of supplying your date of birth, address or a password, you’re prompted to say: "In Australia my voice identifies me." By comparing this to a previously recorded voiceprint, the technology will deduce if the tax file number you gave actually belonged to you.
Siri was a forward-thinking addition to iOS when it was introduced in 2011. Then Google and Microsoft implemented their own (better) contextually aware virtual assistants to help navigate you through your day. But there was always room for improvement, and the original creators of Siri think they take it even further.
When Microsoft launched its Cortana voice recognition assistant for Windows Phone at Build earlier this year, we were disappointed that it wasn't available in Australia. That will change soon: as of next week, an alpha version of Cortana for Australia will become available to Windows Phone Developers.
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.
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.