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Google Voice Controls Giant LED Display 66

compumike writes "What geek among us has never thought about how cool it would be if you could call your computer and have it do stuff? Josh Davis put together a quick video demo and source code of his Voice Controlled LED Marquee, powered by Google Voice speech recognition and a DIY LED Array Kit. Imagine using the same display for monitoring server uptime, or RSS feeds!"
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Google Voice Controls Giant LED Display

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  • Certain keywords will trigger its response (and possibly its speed)

    Give me slashdot dammit!

    I need the f***ing RSS feeds off CNN's news from Baghdad!

    Where the HELL is Taco!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I was not aware this man invented the Universe.

  • by rolfwind ( 528248 ) on Monday November 09, 2009 @10:56PM (#30041770)

    Of course, they have been using Goog-411 to improve it, and Google Voice will only accelerate that (on the plus side, I don't need a landline at all anymore with cheap international calls).... but Google's voice search on the iphone is much better than I could ask of it.

    If they came out with a voice recognition product, the field currently dominated by the mediocre Dragon Naturally Speaking, I'm sure they could completely kill the competition.

    • by Z1NG ( 953122 )

      Google's speech recognition is uncannily good

      What, for unusually small values of uncanny? I love google voice, but the voice recognition could still use some work.

  • And you can use the side of a building in Europe.

    THAT would be impressive.

    3. 2. 1. ...

  • by Vyse of Arcadia ( 1220278 ) on Monday November 09, 2009 @11:05PM (#30041824)
    Google Voice speech recognition isn't exactly the best. "Hey, Zack, this is Terrence at [company name here]. Please give me a call as soon as you get the chance to. We need to, uh, we wanted to know if you were going to make it in to day. Thank you." somehow becomes "Hey there, This is Sarah positions. Please give me a call as as soon as you get a chance to. We need to we. What's up for you not be able to make it today. Thank you."

    And he speaks pretty clearly too.
  • "Did that display just ask for Sarah Connor?"
    • by Yvan256 ( 722131 )

      Nope, it just said "THERE IS ANOTHER SYSTEM".


      • by hoggoth ( 414195 )

        I bring you peace. It may be the peace of plenty and content or the peace of unburied death. The choice is yours.

      • Oh man, GOOD movie. That's from "Colossus: The Forbin Project," A.K.A. "Your Local Video Store Doesn't Have This Film"
  • Naughty talk (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Mishotaki ( 957104 ) on Monday November 09, 2009 @11:22PM (#30041908)
    So... you can ask your computer for porn?
  • I'm sorry, but none of us at /. monitor server up time.

    We monitor servers and services. I thought we all accepted that most modern day Operating systems are good for 3+ months uptime. At least until the next patch cluster comes through.
  • Whoa dude (Score:4, Funny)

    by Zouden ( 232738 ) on Monday November 09, 2009 @11:32PM (#30041978)

    "Imagine using the same display for monitoring server uptime, or RSS feeds!"

    I'm trying to imagine it, man, but it's BLOWING MY FREAKIN' MIND.

    Wait, I thought this article was about using voice control with the display, not the display itself (which is ancient).

    • "Imagine using the same display for monitoring server uptime, or RSS feeds!"

      I'm trying to imagine it, man, but it's BLOWING MY FREAKIN' MIND.

      Wait, I thought this article was about using voice control with the display, not the display itself (which is ancient).

      I just managed to get my server to stop calling 900 numbers and start calling my Google Voice. RSS feeds haven't worked so well though. With the server calling and leaving a new voicemail every millisecond, the website can never seem to get through.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Get the LED board to flash the voice message in Morse code

  • Why isn't it 24x5? Isn't it always X before Y? Ex: it's 1024x768, not 768x1024...

    • That is why I hate matrices. Fucking y,x bs... happened in some java course too.
    • No. Matrices are always ROWxCOLUMN. wikipedia [wikipedia.org]. Why they label monitors in that fashion I don't know.
      • by Yvan256 ( 722131 )
        In graphic memory the pixels are ordered that way, "0,0" being top/left and "max_X,max_Y" being bottom/right.
      • by Yvan256 ( 722131 )
        Also, a lot of languages go from left to right, from the top to the bottom of the page, line by line. Using ROWxCOLUMN is completely backward. I wonder who thought that would be a good idea.
  • Ho-hum. I was doing this crap with a voicemodem, Homeseer, and a BetaBrite display like 10 years ago. It had far less latency, too. I mean kudos for building your own LED grid, I guess, but neither voice recognition nor LED control, nor tying the two together with scripts, it particularly new.

  • Damn, I thought he'd figured out a direct way to interface with the google voice recognition software. THAT is something I could really use right now. A project that does it through the phone though....not so much.

    On a related note, anyone know of any very good and easy to interface with free (open source is very highly preferred, but free beer is ok too) voice recognition software? I'm currently looking at Sphinx-4, but I have absolutely no experience in this area.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      I used sphinx recently (pocketsphinx) to implement a voice recognition system for a sailboat, allowing quadriplegic sailors to control the boat. Sphinx is a decent voice recognition system but can't match big time commercial products like Google voice or Dragon naturally speaking. This is especially the case if you want recognition of natural speech (instead of the few code words used in my project). Have you considered the microsoft speech API (http://www.microsoft.com/speech/speech2007/default.mspx) ?
  • Say via http. with buttons, or text or something. Oh wait.
  • It's an interesting hack, but I really don't like the commercial feeling the story has, with a link in the slashdot post, an oral mention of the LED kit seller in the video, and a big "Thanks nerdkits" displayed at the end.

    • by Chryana ( 708485 )

      Oh yes, and the poster's link is to the company website, so he's definitely affiliated with them.

  • by dUN82 ( 1657647 )
    it appears a free text msg to your phone is too much to ask...but, yeah, nice twick...
  • GIANT LED display? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by war4peace ( 1628283 )
    Well to be honest, I was expecting a GIANT LED display, like the ones used for outdoor advertising; something in the range of 15x10 feet or something. This one is huge in terms of big LEDs, nothing else.
  • Imagine setting up scripts like one in the demo for certain commands, like poweroff, hdd wipe, switching on/off heating/lighting, and so on. Now imagine a funny friend learning your trigger word. Now, how cool is that ? :))
  • I guess it will not take long until Google will have their ads displayed on that LED array...

  • Keep an eye on local business (call centre) sales or ebay - I picked up a 1m long AAC Corp 'AgentView' call centre display for 25UKP - there's a lot of 'closing down' kit around at the moment.

    Currently, the displays is hooked up the BBC news RSS feed in the support room, but the control software can display pretty much anything.

  • LED marquee mounted on rear window of car.
  • The Asterisk crowd has been playing Zork over phone systems for quite some time now... all thats needed to make a computer do anything via voice command is a decent speech to text lib, like sphinx, and a way to get your verbal noises into the computer for it to decipher. Past that its the same old scripting game. Voice recognition is about like the Internet, it was really exciting the first few years when it was new and actually innovative, now doing something via the Internet/via Voice Recognition is noth

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