Voice Search and Other Video’s September 16th, 2010
Google seems to be putting a bit of promotion behind the Android Voice Search capabilities with a campaign called “What You Say is What You Search.” A few months back they announced that 25% of all Android based search functions are done by voice, and now they are blogging and creating videos to promote this WONDERFUL capability. My favorite Google voice search video is the informative Mike LeBeau video that he did for Voice Actions. I like it because Mike is a real person that really works for Google and knows his stuff…more charisma than Justin Long (you know, Apple’s old Mac guy), and he’s not a paid actor.
Seems that a big part of the Google message is “IT WORKS!”…unfortunately there are a lot more video’s promoting that speech recognition doesn’t work. Searching for “speech recognition” or “voice recognition” on YouTube by most-watched videos reveals that the most popular speech videos are the mistakes or “fails”, with some of these being real demo’s by Microsoft among others. Many are pretty humorous…
Here are my favorite funny speech recognition videos:
- Jimmy Kimmel’s Cousin Sal:
- The Voice-Activated Elevator: I get a special kick out of this, knowing that Sensory has been approached half a dozen or more times by elevator companies wanting to do this (and it’s always a highly confidential amazing idea that they think nobody else has ever thought of!)
- And of course there’s the movie clips:
Sensory has produced a variety of low budget in-house videos, and although they are not very funny, they showcase our unique technologies. I’ll have my VP of Sales post a blog about these soon.