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Tag: Voice

Automated Voice Response System Gets an Attitude

Automated Voice Response System Gets an Attitude
Ever feel like telling one of those stupid voice-recognition phone systems exactly where it can stick option number 2? Carnegie Mellon alumnus, humorist and robotics author Daniel H. Wilson stars in this humorous video clip of what happened when he got a little too snarky with Diane, the voice behind an Automated Voice Response (AVR) system.

Rare Rdi Halcyon Laserdisc Console Up for Auction

Rare Rdi Halcyon Laserdisc Console Up for Auction
Back in the early 1980s, long before the Xbox 360, Wii and PS3 dominated the “next-gen” video game market, a little known console lived on the cutting-edge of gaming technology. The RDI Halcyon was a LaserDisc-based gaming system which was designed to bring the first full-motion video gaming experience to your living room.

USB Terminator: Deterrence via Annoyance

USB Terminator: Deterrence via Annoyance
Plug this beefy-looking plastic thug into your USB port, and it’s supposed to scare those who approach it away from your computer. While it’s called the USB Terminator, it looks more like the bouncer who’d tell you to hit the road because you can’t come into the trendy new nightclub dressed like Andy Sipowicz.

IPhone Recognizes Speech Courtesy of Voicesignal

IPhone Recognizes Speech Courtesy of Voicesignal
The engineers over at VoiceSignal have put together a prototype voice recognition application for the iPhone that makes it capable what I’ve been dreaming that Apple would add to its iPods for years. The demo application, called “VTunes” shows off voice-based selection of songs.

Robot Can Understand Several People Talking at Once

Robot Can Understand Several People Talking at Once
Here’s a pretty impressive demonstration of a complex new speech recognition technology. The robot in this video clip is able to listen to three people speaking at the same exact moment, understand exactly what they each said, then process the data dynamically.

IPhone Data Plan Pricing Announced

IPhone Data Plan Pricing Announced
AT&T and Apple today revealed what it will cost monthly to use your shiny new iPhone. The good news is that all of the calling and data plans include unlimited data, Visual Voicemail and mobile-to-mobile calling.

Nintendo Wii Gets Voice Recognition

Nintendo Wii Gets Voice Recognition
Soon you’ll be able to speak to your Nintendo Wii. Heck, you’ll be able to sing to it too. Speech recognition middleware maker Fonix today announced the availability of their VoiceIn voice software for the Wii.

The Wii Controller has a Little Secret

The Wii Controller has a Little Secret
The editors over at Fortune magazine were kind enough to dissect the Nintendo Wii controller recently, revealing an interesting tidbit. In addition to all of the well known features of the controller, the Wii-mote appears to have a special chip on board which is designed for voice processing applications.

Digital Cowboy Ca-K7: Portable Karaoke Mp3 Player

Digital Cowboy Ca-K7: Portable Karaoke Mp3 Player
Think you’re the next American Idol? If that’s the case, you might want to pick up one of these MP3 players The Digital Cowboy CA-K7 media player features the unique ability to remove vocals and a built-in microphone to sing along to your favorite tunes.

Super Mario Brothers Music has Lyrics

Super Mario Brothers Music has Lyrics
This clip from a live performance of music from Nintendo games reveals a little known fact. The highly recognizable theme song for Super Mario Brothers actually has lyrics. The song is actually titled “Go Go Mario” and the lyrics are in Japanese.

It’s a Him, Mario.

It’s a Him, Mario.
Ever wanted to know what the guy who voices Nintendo’s Mario looked like? This short video features the man himself, Charles Martinet as he provides his unique vocal stylings for the little Italian plumber that built an empire.

Popcatcher Musicdock Cuts Commercials and Talk From Broadcasts

Popcatcher Musicdock Cuts Commercials and Talk From Broadcasts
If you’ve ever wanted to record FM broadcasts to your MP3 player, but didn’t want the commercials or talk in between songs, today is your lucky day. The new PopCatcher MusicDock MD-601 is a portable MP3 player and a standalone FM-radio dock that can capture FM broadcasts to MP3, commercial-free.

Disguise Your Voice on the Cheap

Disguise Your Voice on the Cheap
This DIY Digital Voice Changer Kit lets you mask the sound of your voice by playing with the pitch and vibrato of your speech. Just speak into the built-in microphone, adjust the pitch control, and you can sound like anything from a hostage taker to a mouse on speed.

Franklin International Translator Speaks 12 Languages

Franklin International Translator Speaks 12 Languages
If you travel a lot, you might want to check out the newly announced Franklin TGA-490 language translator that can actually speak in 12 different languages. The new portable translator not only translates over 450,000 words and 12,000 phrases, it contains recorded samples of speech to provide accurate pronunciation in all 12 languages.