If there’s one thing that will be endlessly true, it’s that technology will continue to change and evolve. As we continue to explore the limits of our technological capabilities, we will continue be impressed by our findings. Of course, with the endless possibilities our tech gurus seem to exhibit, the tech world also swarms with rumors and hopeful expectations about the next big thing.
For months and months, there have been rumors soaring throughout the web and news concerning the new iPhone release. As hype built up over the “iPhone 5″ and people discussed the possible gadgets and gizmos the new iPhone might include, expectations for the device’s release climbed. So, of course, when the iPhone 4S was released rather than the iPhone 5, many were disappointed. However, while the new device is not labeled the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S does come with several impressive toys and technologies.
One such addition the iPhone 4S has the Siri Voice Recognition mechanism. Siri was first introduced to iPhone users as a free application in February of 2010. The artificial intelligence used to power Siri is the same speech recognition technology used in Dragon Naturally Speaking. Dragon voice recognition has been around for many years and is highly regarded as one of the best voice recognition technologies available. By integrating this voice recognition technology onto your smartphone, Apple has given us what feels like a true glimpse into the future of tech.
Many Apple junkies and smartphone consumers were somewhat let down by the unveiling of the iPhone 4S rather than the iPhone 5. This is to be expected in the world of new technology today. So much buzz builds about new devices that sometimes it can become difficult for the product to keep up with the hyped up rumors surrounding its release. While the iPhone 4S was somewhat of a letdown for many, the Siri technology is an impressive addition. By pressing and holding the iPhone 4S’s Home button, the Siri technology comes to life. Speak into the phone to use the Siri software either using speakerphone mode or by raising the handset to your ear. Siri will understand what you are telling it to do and then perform the action for you. While part of the novelty of Siri is having a robot do what you ask, it is nonetheless a time-saving and fun to use tool.
The more that you use Siri on your iPhone the more it will learn about the way you talk and better it will perform. Because the technology is still in the “beta” stage, Apple is still working out a few kinks with it and the iOS 5 software. Occasionally Siri will inexplicably not respond to your voice at all or will misunderstand your commands. However, Apple is continuing to work with the software and is hoping to continue to improve Siri’s compatibility with the iPhone. Ask Siri to call a friend from your contacts list, look up local Italian restaurants, give you directions to the movie, or set an alarm for the morning. There are nearly endless possibilities for how you can use Siri on your phone. Though the iPhone 4S and Siri are in no way perfect, it does give us a clue into what’s to come.
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