Unlike some people, I love Twitter – follow me. Thing is, just about every time I get a chance to tweet, I can’t. Maybe my hands are covered in grease; maybe I just don’t want to come home from a long day of blogging and have to squeeze my thoughts into 140 characters with my iPhone’s made-for-babies keyboard.
Voice recognition Twitter apps are intriguing, but none of the major Twitter clients have it yet (as far as I know), and I’m just not hardcore enough to drop money on any apps that might offer voice-tweeting as its sole functionality. Fortunately, an already worthwhile app has come along and solved all my problems via upgrade.
IM+, is a pretty decent instant messaging app (which supports AIM, Yahoo, Twitter, Skype Chat, Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo, and more), has just submitted a build which packs Voice Recognition for Twitter and IM as one of its major features. It’s not quite up yet, but I was fortunate enough to get a pre-release copy from my ex-boss that now works at Microsoft.
While we’ll have to wait to see if we’ll give the Voice Recognition the Seal of Approval, it doesn’t seem to stumble over my cousin’s mild accent. It seems to rely on a server to do the crunching, which introduces two caveats: it’s a bit slow, and it’s not free. That said, it’s only .99c a month – and if that means I can tweet without slathering my iPhone in grease, it might be worth it.
The future :
“100,000 years ago, humans started to speak so they could free up their hands. Is it going to happen again? I’d love to get rid of my keyboard…”
I wrote this sentence on Twitter, and got many comments back about how people hate interactive voice response (IVR) systems and speech recognition and how others can’t wait for the day that the technology improves.
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