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November 20, 2008

Google voice search, british accents and odd results

Filed under: app review,iphone — perivision @ 12:58 pm
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I’m American, but as a young budding musician in the 80’s, I was fully on board with English music (especially Punk), my guitar instructor was English, watch more then my share of BBC (young ones!!) and then lived in Oxford for 3+ years. So I can pull a pretty good accent when needed. So after reading this article on Digg explaining how various British accents will give odd results, I just had to give it a try.

But British iPhone owners had less luck when speaking the word “iPhone” into the application – a Scottish user was offered a porn website after it mistook his search for “sex,” the Telegraph reported.

A user from Surrey, south of London, had his request mistaken for “myspace” and “Einstein” was another option offered for “iPhone” spoken with a Kent accent, it said.

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November 16, 2008

While waiting for the Google voice app, I started playing with Jott

Filed under: app review,iphone — perivision @ 2:09 am
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I found Jott while checking into Google’s new speech recognition app and its not bad.

Basically, its a note pad the takes a 15 second voice sample, sends it back to their servers, and converts to text.  Its not perfect as you may guess, but for a quick note, the conversion is normally close enough that I remember what I was trying to say. 🙂  Caution though, it takes some time for the conversion to take place, so do not expect a quick turn around.  Also, think about what you are going to say ahead of time a speak clearly. Although it did fine with my ums.. and uhhs.. your results will be far better esp given you only have 15 seconds.

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