Originally Posted by Perry Reed
My understanding is that it will use the TellMe network to process the voice commands, so that ought to enable it to understand a lot more than the current Microsoft Voice Command (although, of course, that means that you'll have to have a signal to use it). That seems like a good step in the right direction to me. Smartphones have limited processing power, but are almost always connected, so why not use that connection to let them "borrow" processing power from servers? Good move.
I'm going to have to disagree with the above lines about your presumption of how this application works. If it works like you describe, I think it’ll be completely useless as a MSVC replacement. That would mean it works like “Shazam” which is a great application for its purpose but not to process commands. I currently use MSVC for many things, simply because it’s faster, and more intuitive. But I doubt that this application will do little, if any, online processing for phone based functions. Searches such as weather, or locations that obviously being dynamic would probably be facilitated through online processing. I mean just think about it – Command: “Send Marsha a test message” ***upload voice stream online/process on server/download results/query local directory/output results**** Response “No Marsha found”
Continuing to disagree with your post with processing power, it’s becoming standard for WM devices to have 400Mhz and up processing, and not uncommon to have over 112Mb of ram. So processing these task on modern day handsets is far more efficient the client server model you describe. And with handset having increasing onboard storage, and the versatility of WM devices to store applications on removable media, further renders online processing for phone based commands to be a silly notion. Especial y when it involves things, which for the most part, remains static, and does not require a lot of storage.
As for the application itself, I’M COMPLETELY STOKED. The next wave of mobile computing innovation is undoubtedly going to voice commands. I know it’s been around for a while, with poor support, no advertising, and lack of progression, the voice command tech in handsets have remained stagnant. I remember how I happy I was when, back in 2003, I was able to tell my phone what music to play. I’m happy that Microsoft has not lost hope in the implementation of voice commands within smart phone operating systems.
1st wave of mobile computing revolution was touch, it’s more intuitive than buttons, without a doubt. 2nd wave would have to be voice based, as we all know, spoken word is far more common, efficient, and effective when communicating. I really hope they push this technology to its full potential.
Sorry for the lengthy post.