Google does it again, this time with a CTI/VR voice search demo
. I got through on the first try (perfect!), spoke in my search request ("information architecture usability"), clicked on a link and saw the results returned. Voiced another query, the browser automatically refreshed and presented results to the new search request. Hrrmm.... did I say that?
My first thought was "this is cool". My second thought was "either the VR on this thing needs some work or I need speech lessons". Third thought was "This is really cool. Hey, come look at this!". And so on and so forth...
Imagine this scenario. On your way to a meeting, you want to gather some information on a particular subject pertaining to that meeting. You know you'll have a few minutes prior to that meeting to read up on the topic. You dial the Google VR search and say your request, a link to the results is emailed to you. Many more scenarios bubbling around in my head that could benefit from this CTI/web convergence - research librarians, call center reps, paralegal, etc.
Usability-wise, the VR needs work. With rock solid VR and speech more than twice as fast as keyboard entry, this interface could become more economical than it's web counterpart. What do you think? (props to Webword
for the link)
All work and no play would make Google a dull website. Point your browser at www.monstor.com
and chuckle at where you end up.
A small win for our internet radio brethren - the U.S. Copyright Office rejected a proposed webcasting royalty plan
. Now we'll just have to wait and see what copyright royalty mechanism is decided upon come June 20th.