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Yahoo! To Introduce Voice Enabled Search

Yahoo! is set to launch to a voice-activated search service for cell phone users called oneSearch. Basically if you need to access a search engine like Google or Yahoo! search you can say it into your phone and then say a command for what you would like to search the web for. Yahoo! has already joined forces with dozens of operators around the world to reach a possible 600 million people with web-enabled phones. I can't say I'm a big fan of voice-activated services as it is. . . Let's just hope oneSearch will be fast and accurate, as the thought of repeating myself 10 times pains me!

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Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
Great idea. Hopefully it'll be simple to use with minimum problems in the beginning.
sockmonkeyrevolt sockmonkeyrevolt 9 years
That is pretty sweet, hopefully they thoroughly test it before they launch. I wonder what recognizer they're going to use? Also I can see problems just with the nature of recognizer performnace when used in a noisy location over the cell's speaker phone, if used properly voice recognition has really gotten to be pretty good. I might be a little biased as I work in a segment of the voice application design field, but I think that the technology has really caught up with ideas and has a huge potenial to really revolutionize how we interact with information. I think that a significant amount of the problems and headaches that surface in speech applications come from bad design decisions (which I can tell from experience are often not the ones made by design professionals, but by the clients who hire them and then decide that somehow the fact that they are good at branding or marketing or sales, or really just that they once took a psychology class, make them experts in UX and should override the decisions made by people who design user interfaces professionally [does that sound a wee bit bitter?])
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I dunno. Cool idea, but how well will it work?
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
That's really cool!
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