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General Chat Thread, What's with the obsession with touchscreens and voice entry? in General; Originally Posted by localzuk Most teachers do *something* that is outside the realm of a browser and office. Perhaps true, ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Most teachers do *something* that is outside the realm of a browser and office.
    Perhaps true, but I suspect that a well-specced Windows 8 tablet would meet those needs. I will concede that the range of apps available on both Android and IOS prevent exclusive use of tablets - at present, anyway, and maybe by the time Win8 tablets all-round is viable (or should that be, by the time Win9 is released?!), the other tablet OSs will have caught up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerospacemango View Post
    BBC News - Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth on shaking up system software

    I draw your attention to this.....

    Could it be the future? Just 6 months away?

    This would negate the phone/tablet/laptop.desktop argument!
    Ubuntu For Android - Coming Soon - YouTube

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    Due to the increase in voice commands for everyday equipment such as the Xbox kinect in homes parents who find their hands full with their young children are using voice commands frequently.

    How long till we hear a childs first words as "xbox play"

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    Voice commands make it so much easier to send that "vital" text message while driving... :-)

    Seriously though, a voice-controlled satnav would be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Voice commands make it so much easier to send that "vital" text message while driving... :-)

    Seriously though, a voice-controlled satnav would be nice.
    Particularly if she recognised the command "what are you on about you stupid b*$%h!" and double-checked her route, or the one that would often be useful, "shut up for a minute would you?" when you're somewhere you know and don't need constant demands to bear left in 30 yards, or you're on a new road and she's constantly telling you to turn left so you get back to a road she knows about.

    (not meaning to come across sexist, just my GPS is a lady voice, because I'm so used to obeying orders given in a female tone)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    when you're somewhere you know and don't need constant demands to bear left in 30 yards
    That's more what I was thinking. I tend to set the satnav up before leaving home, and have it talk me through the whole journey even though I know 99% of the journey and just need guiding for the last few miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Yes, the Windows voice recognition is superb, but unless you have a disability I, as yet, can't see the point of using it as a control method for a computer, but maybe that's just me.
    You should try it with a NZ accent, it is still horrible and you would have to spend a whole year training it just to get it up to a remotely usable level. I tried it when I broke my arm a few months back.

    I also agree with those that point to this being a bit of a symptom of the Apple inspires 'consume' at all costs to yourself culture. Creativity is still not widespread and that computers lasted as long as they did as the tool of choice was a good thing for all those creative types. With lower volume comes hire cost and so there will be a penalty for actually being able to get the tools to create stuff efficiently in the future.

    I like the whole touch thing for certain devices but I think that it must be only a part of the way that people deal with computers not the bee-all-and-end-all of computer interfaces that it is being made out to be by the advertising leaches.

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