By now, anyone having used a GPS unit wonders how they ever found their way around without one. But it can be irritating to constantly type in the address of choice for users. One new innovation that gets rid of this annoyance is the ability to input the address by voice. Voice recognition software has come a long way from its early days, in which even basic words were muddled up by the microphone’s ‘ears,’ resulting in a jumbled outcome. With better voice inputting abilities, today’s generation of gadgets that recognize voice commands seems slick indeed.
And the technology shows no sign of abating, either. Rather, more and more devices are offering this technology, as users appreciate the hands-free nature of the system. As it has been recognized by many states that typing while driving is dangerous – and thus made illegal – it’s especially nice for on-the-go consumers to be able to operate smartphones, GPS units, and many other devices with voice inputs alone.
Even automobiles have gotten in on the game, offering a slew of voice activated services. Ford offers drivers the ability to play music, make phone calls, and keep in touch with the vehicle’s needs all by voice control. But there’s more to it. Get into a wreck and need help? You can contact 911 without digging out a cell phone. Need a weather update on your destination? You can call that up with a voice command. And even traffic reports can be accessed, to avoid any traffic jams along the way. Encounter a jam? Use the voice activated GPS to find another route!