Mozilla reveals Scout voice-controlled web browser project

Brittany A. Roston - Jun 13, 2018, 5:52pm CDT
Mozilla reveals Scout voice-controlled web browser project

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, is working on a new Web browser called Scout. Unlike its current bowser, Scout will be created with accessibility in mind, enabling users to access content using voice commands. The company describes Scout as an exploration at this point, having revealed it at an event today.

The current Firefox browser works using taps and clicks, but Scout may work using voice commands, according to Mozilla. According to CNET, the company arranged an “all-hands meeting” for this week that is intended to explore the project idea. Scout appears to be in its infancy at this point.

Though Google dominates the web browser market, a dedicated voice command-based browser may give Mozilla a foothold for dominating in the market…or, at least, the part of it that needs or wants voice control functionality. It seems the browser won’t be limited to just opening pages and similar actions, but will also be able to read pages to the user.

Such a browser may be a godsend to individuals who are visually impaired or have trouble using their hands. Current solutions are clunky and may not work right; Scout, if it manages to solve this problem in a new way, may prove massively popular.

Mozilla, though it confirmed the project, has only said that it is in an early stage; no details have been revealed. It’s unclear whether the project will ever hit the market, nor whether Mozilla has a specific timeline for a launch in mind.


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