13 May 2008 - 1:36pm
5 years ago
32 replies
Jeff Garbers

Why isn't voice-based UI mainstream?

Most of us old-timers probably expected voice I/O to be a common part
of personal computing by now. But here we are in 2008, and I don't see
even early signs of voice emerging into the mainstream. Products like
Naturally Speaking have some popularity, but my sense is that they're
used far more for dictation than any sort of command and response
interface. Both Mac OS X and Windows Vista have built-in speech
recognition capability, but does anybody use them (or even know
they're there)?

So my question for the group is: why?

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