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Siri obeys real-life mind control

Siri obeys real-life mind control

This week over at Honda R&D Americas, senior iOS architect Duane Cash is showing off a new brainwave control device and custom Siri API working with the iPhone in the real world. The initial test shows the man using a wave of his hand and the EEG signals his brain generates to start up the app and activate several functions on the device. This isn't the sort of thing you're going to be able to run out and buy right this minute, but given the relative simplicity of the build - so to speak - we might be seeing something like this from 3rd party developers (namely Honda R&D Americas) bringing such solutions soon.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Voice Activation revealed with “always-on” action

Qualcomm Snapdragon Voice Activation revealed with “always-on” action

This week Qualcomm has upped the ante with a selection of features for their next-generation chipsets for mobile devices. The most recent announcement is for Snapdragon Voice Activation, this technology built in to the Qualcomm Fluence PRO suite of the chipmakers' integrated audio solutions. In simplest terms, this means you'll soon be able to wake up your phone by saying "Hey Snapdragon" - this phrase set by whatever manufacturer decides to use the technology, of course.

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BlackBerry 10 voice controls hit leaked video demo

BlackBerry 10 voice controls hit leaked video demo

As we ramp up to the 30th of January and the official launch of RIM's own BlackBerry 10, we're seeing multiple leaks and test videos like the one we've been shown today, complete with a demonstration of the software's Voice Control system. This system is built in to BlackBerry 10 and looks rather familiar if you're used to Siri from iOS or S-Voice from Samsung's Galaxy series. In this case you'll be pressing the Start button (aka power button) on your device a 2-count and the Voice Control system will activate.

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Martian Passport Watch hands-on: Voice Command and Bluetooth get classy

Martian Passport Watch hands-on: Voice Command and Bluetooth get classy

We've gotten our first opportunity this week to take a peek at the first Martian Voice Command Watch model known as the Passport, able to attach to both Android and iOS via Bluetooth for simple connectivity on the go. This machine was originally part of a Kickstarter project and is just ready for prime-time now, giving users in the field the ability to make and receive calls, read short text messages and reply, and read short messages of several kinds. Voice Commands are able to be made using both iOS and Android's voice command systems.

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ZTE joins up with Nuance, voice integrated devices will roll out this year

ZTE joins up with Nuance, voice integrated devices will roll out this year

Nuance, maker of the popular voice dictation software Dragon Naturally Speaking, has been making itself known today, first announcing this morning at CES that it has bestowed Swype with some new features. The company has followed this up with an announcement that it has entered into a partnership with ZTE, bringing its voice features to the Chinese company's smartphones.

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Intel reportedly prioritizing voice control for 2013 Haswell Ultrabooks

Intel reportedly prioritizing voice control for 2013 Haswell Ultrabooks

Intel is reportedly pushing for voice control as a standard feature of Shark Bay based ultrabooks in 2013, with a combination of hardware and software for speech recognition tipped to join the minimum spec list. The hands-free technology would join touchscreens as part of Intel's premium feature-set for next-gen ultrabooks, Fudzilla reports, though exactly how such a system would be implemented is unclear at this stage.

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Chevrolet adds Siri to 2013 Spark; Previews next-gen MyLink

Chevrolet adds Siri to 2013 Spark; Previews next-gen MyLink

Siri is hitching a ride in the 2013 Chevrolet Spark and Sonic LZ and RS, with support for the voice control system in the MyLink infotainment systems; meanwhile, an all-new version will debut in the 2014 Impala. The Siri functionality, announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2013, allows a Bluetooth-connected iPhone to play songs, switch sources from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode, trigger calls to contacts, handle messaging, and the calendar, all by verbal instruction. It's not the sole preserve of big-bucks Chevys, either, with the car company opting to debut the tech in its more affordable models.

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Nuance Dragon Mobile Assistant brings Siri to Android

Nuance Dragon Mobile Assistant brings Siri to Android

Nuance has taken on Google Now and Samsung's S Voice with Dragon Mobile Assistant, a new Android app that attempts to bring Siri-style artificial intelligence to Google's smartphone platform. A free release, Dragon Mobile Assistant allows users to make calls and text messages, set up calendar events or Facebook/Twitter updates, get navigation help, and more, all using their voice and natural spoken commands.

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