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(Kotaku)   Unlike your wife, you can call the new consoles "sexbox" and "babe station" and they still respond to you   (kotaku.com) divider line 24
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2013-12-04 11:10:56 AM
It's almost as is voice recognition software has a hard time differentiating between words that rhyme.
 
2013-12-04 12:38:19 PM
Favorite article of the year.  My life might suck but at least I'm not talking dirty to a game console and then being clueless enough to write about it.
 
2013-12-04 12:40:59 PM
Erects box.

Weigh station (also don't call your wife this)
 
2013-12-04 12:48:56 PM

Kristoph57: Erects box.

Weigh station (also don't call your wife this)


If you're a fan of ancient Rome (or Spartacus) "Hey Thracian!"
 
2013-12-04 01:10:41 PM
Of course they had to make it work with anything that sounds vaguely like the commands. Even with articulate, Midwestern users, voice recognition works very poorly without being trained to the individual user.

CSB: In the early 90s, I got a toy robot that was supposed to respond to voice commands. It came with a cassette tape so you could learn how to pronounce them very carefully. Only it didn't work, not even when you played the tape next to the robot. My dad returned it, and the guy told him they were getting a lot of returns for it.
 
2013-12-04 01:16:38 PM
So I have a steamy machine?  Or is steambox enough of a euphemism on it's own?
 
2013-12-04 01:23:41 PM

dilettantegrrl: So I have a steamy machine?  Or is steambox enough of a euphemism on it's own?


Warmin' up my Super Meat Boy in her SteamBox ifyaknowhati'msayin'.


I think its just fine on its own.
 
2013-12-04 01:46:36 PM

Kristoph57: dilettantegrrl: So I have a steamy machine?  Or is steambox enough of a euphemism on it's own?

Warmin' up my Super Meat Boy in her SteamBox ifyaknowhati'msayin'.


I think its just fine on its own.


My steambox has been in a State of Decay lately.

...

ew.
 
2013-12-04 02:03:46 PM

LiberalWeenie: Even with articulate, Midwestern users, voice


non sequitur
 
2013-12-04 02:13:28 PM
Wait, I thought the sexbox's name was "Sony"
 
2013-12-04 02:13:48 PM
what about the wii u and the ouya?

uh... pee... goo... ugh

uh... toy... poo...

nevermind
 
2013-12-04 02:59:01 PM
Oh, the distaffbopper responds when I call her things like that.  With an airborne shoe.
 
2013-12-04 03:23:45 PM

dittybopper: Oh, the distaffbopper responds when I call her things like that.  With an airborne shoe.


As soon as I read the headline I thought, yeah she'd respond all right......
 
2013-12-04 04:51:28 PM

Cheron: LiberalWeenie: Even with articulate, Midwestern users, voice

non sequitur


In the broadcasting industry, Midwesterners are though to have the most neutral accent. So someone who is articulate and does not speak with an accent.
 
2013-12-04 04:58:23 PM

Cheron: LiberalWeenie: Even with articulate, Midwestern users, voice

non sequitur


Actually, the Midwestern 'accent' is the one chosen to emulate for call centers. Apparently it is the single most understandable English accent on the planet.

Didn't believe it myself. Then I went to work a contract installing hardware at a call center in Cali. They were having 'speaking' classes that day.
 
2013-12-04 05:01:04 PM

dittybopper: Oh, the distaffbopper responds when I call her things like that.  With an airborne shoe.


Really? Mine loves stuff like this, and my mistress would definitely get the sexbox nickname from my wife. Of course my mistress would prefer babe station. Maybe boob station, she's proud of hers.
 
2013-12-04 07:13:20 PM
Coming soon: "FISTO online. Please assume the position..."
 
2013-12-04 07:21:48 PM
Question, since this is about voice activation, and I've been thinking about this lately.

What's the point of it? My TV (and presumably yours) still requires a remote. The console doesn't control that, so I still have to pick up a controller, flip something on, and I'm sort of assuming that netflix on the systems isn't responsive enough to launch, say, Always sunny, or chaos;head, or many shows without some form of controller interaction.

Aside from the 'oh I get to talk to my electronics' aspect, what's the real benefit?  I haven't used any of the new systems, so i dunno. I've only seen people desperately try to use Siri, only to have me beat them doing a google search myself. As in, they have the phone out, begin shouting at it, and I have time, with the same model Iphone, to pull mine from my pocket, unlock it, open safari, and google something.  So I'm not particularly sold on voice activation yet, seems pointless to me as anything other than an emerging technology, but everyone seems to lose their damn minds for it?
 
2013-12-04 07:46:06 PM

kroonermanblack: What's the point of it? My TV (and presumably yours) still requires a remote. The console doesn't control that, so I still have to pick up a controller, flip something on, and I'm sort of assuming that netflix on the systems isn't responsive enough to launch, say, Always sunny, or chaos;head, or many shows without some form of controller interaction.


You can control the Xbox 360 pretty easily using voice commands. You are correct that it doesn't extend to other devices like your TV (although from what I understand the XBone can turn your TV on/off, but has mixed results so far).

On the 360, everything that's standard to the system is labeled, so saying "play game" or "videos" or "recent" will open those up. For apps like Netflix it generalizes everything. So if you open Netflix, you can say "page up" or "page down" to scroll through it, and all videos are listed as "Play 1, 2, 3, etc." It actually works pretty well overall. Unless you have the volume up on a show and you have to scream at it if you want it to hear you.
 
2013-12-04 08:01:48 PM

ZoeNekros: Wait, I thought the sexbox's name was "Sony"


s2.quickmeme.com
 
2013-12-04 10:33:38 PM

scottydoesntknow: kroonermanblack: What's the point of it? My TV (and presumably yours) still requires a remote. The console doesn't control that, so I still have to pick up a controller, flip something on, and I'm sort of assuming that netflix on the systems isn't responsive enough to launch, say, Always sunny, or chaos;head, or many shows without some form of controller interaction.

You can control the Xbox 360 pretty easily using voice commands. You are correct that it doesn't extend to other devices like your TV (although from what I understand the XBone can turn your TV on/off, but has mixed results so far).

On the 360, everything that's standard to the system is labeled, so saying "play game" or "videos" or "recent" will open those up. For apps like Netflix it generalizes everything. So if you open Netflix, you can say "page up" or "page down" to scroll through it, and all videos are listed as "Play 1, 2, 3, etc." It actually works pretty well overall. Unless you have the volume up on a show and you have to scream at it if you want it to hear you.


But the down side is that it's always listening, and if you say anything that sounds like another command, it will initiate it. Mine has the infuriating habit of entering the voice command menu whenever I say "f♥ck", because apparently "f♥ck" sounds like "Xbox".
 
2013-12-05 12:33:29 AM
So, can you assign an "Xbox Off" voice recording to play at startup on an XBone yet?

Because that would just be hilarious.
 
2013-12-05 07:22:43 AM
So does your mother.
 
2013-12-05 07:23:44 AM

ZeroCorpse: scottydoesntknow: kroonermanblack: What's the point of it? My TV (and presumably yours) still requires a remote. The console doesn't control that, so I still have to pick up a controller, flip something on, and I'm sort of assuming that netflix on the systems isn't responsive enough to launch, say, Always sunny, or chaos;head, or many shows without some form of controller interaction.

You can control the Xbox 360 pretty easily using voice commands. You are correct that it doesn't extend to other devices like your TV (although from what I understand the XBone can turn your TV on/off, but has mixed results so far).

On the 360, everything that's standard to the system is labeled, so saying "play game" or "videos" or "recent" will open those up. For apps like Netflix it generalizes everything. So if you open Netflix, you can say "page up" or "page down" to scroll through it, and all videos are listed as "Play 1, 2, 3, etc." It actually works pretty well overall. Unless you have the volume up on a show and you have to scream at it if you want it to hear you.

But the down side is that it's always listening, and if you say anything that sounds like another command, it will initiate it. Mine has the infuriating habit of entering the voice command menu whenever I say "f♥ck", because apparently "f♥ck" sounds like "Xbox".


Then don't say it?
 
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