I talk, it types – what’s not to love?

March 19, 2012


So, did we mention that Lloyd actually has an iPad now? His ‘kickoff’ donation at the auction was basically paying for his own iPad. Here’s why I’ve decided I really need one – it has voice recognition software. I guess it’s like using the new iPhone and talking to Siri.

Note: you can go back and edit what you say, but I’m going to leave the following unedited so you can see how it comes out. I thought getting a picture of me posting while I was talking to the iPad would be cool, but unfortunately I didn’t plan out what to say, so you just get a bunch of babbling while I’m waiting for the self-timer to go:

I don't look very cartoon-like in real life.

Now I’m going to play with it and try to take my picture. I am making this post as I’m talking I’m just talking at the iPad and taking my picture at the same time when it’s done and could have a post and hope my camera took a picture me doing it because I had it on self timer. Okay that first photo really didn’t go as planned no no no like Tracy keep taking the camera for me I don’t want to actually be in the picture. So this is a lot of stupid technology at the same time and likes it when you take it out of the case and I said how you take it out of the case because I didn’t know how to do it. so I guess that’s the end of my post.

After messing with it, now I know how to enter punctuation and speak a little more clearly. I see all kinds of cool applications for making observations about my preschoolers. So, who here thinks Lauren needs her own iPad? You needn’t raise your hands – just vote by mailing me a hundred dollars. (Except you, Deborah – I still owe you money.)

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9 Responses to “I talk, it types – what’s not to love?”

  1. Brad Said on:

    The voice recognition software in my phone gets stuck sometimes. If I’m remembering correctly, it’s had lots of trouble with “I’ll”, which apparently I use a lot.
    “I’ll be there in five minutes.”
    “I’ll see you then.”
    “If you don’t pay me back, I’ll break your legs.”


    • Lloyd Said on:

      That’s not a bug. The Apple Style Guide says that people should use fewer contractions so that we sound more like members of the Mafia*, because that’s cooler.

      *Please accept my heart-felt apologies if you are a member of the Mafia. My careless remarks were in no way meant to disparage you or your esteemed families.


  2. Deborah Said on:

    You don’t owe me money.


  3. Kristi Said on:

    Voice recognition is cool. I want to know how it would sound if you spoke with a really wild accent. Would it still recognize you? What if you spoke a foreign language???


  4. Kristi Said on:

    Perhaps the money you thought you owed Deborah is mine? For something?


  5. Peggy Said on:

    That is so cool! I’m still not sure what all can be done with an iPad, but talking to it & watching it type away would be worth it in itself.

    Can the iPad talk too? Will it repeat back what you say or just show the type. If you tell it a joke, will it laugh. This may be a very nice companion.


  6. Kristi Said on:

    This could be very helpful while we’re in China. Isn’t there a Google Translate or something like that?


      • Kristi Said on:

        Awesome! I downloaded it. After hearing the Chinese pronunciation, I tried to say, “What is your name?” in Chinese also. It came back translated differently each time: Christian, Feel brigade. Griffin. Jerome and I were laughing so hard we had to quit. I think I need to work on my Chinese, yes??


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