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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    Anyway, my point wasn't why is this significant to cell phones (which it certainly is) it was why is this significant to cars.
    I think the reason I posted this is that it sets "levels of expectation". I agree with you that the best thing for the car is to have it self contained, because the comms infrastructure is not quite ready to have our vehicles hooked up to Google's servers all of the time in all of the places we're driving. But...

    Google's new voice app is scarily accurate. We were playing with it at work, and yes, you can just send SMS messages and e-mails by dictating. It never once failed (some of the wording comes out funny) and it's a little slow, but I can see people start to rely on it because of how well it works on a regular basis. When that happens, hopping in the car (the number one place you need to be able to interface with a computer hands free) and not having it 'just work' like your phone is going to be a negative for the non internet enabled CarPC. Google’s voice is getting better all the time because they can throw as much CPU time as they want to at the problem, while the recognition in your standalone PC is limited to what you have in your car.

    Interestingly enough, Google has plans to add this capability to other devices as well. Read more on their plans here.

    Microsoft is doing the same thing, by the way. If you read this press release, you will see that they have the same expectations for the rapid spread of speech technology (and they mention cars!) and the evolving computer interface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    A directional array microphone will always have better noise reduction properties then a cell phone but that "pass the mic" idea is a cool one.

    Apparently you've never used google voice lol... They use nuance for their voice servers which isn't exactly cutting edge just industry standard. Their homebrew stuff (used for google voice) is horrific in its translation quality, probably quite a few years before its good enough to even be in the same league as its competitors.

    Anyway, my point wasn't why is this significant to cell phones (which it certainly is) it was why is this significant to cars.
    I'm always struck by the 'now' focus of your posts! "it doesn't work as good today so it never will work tomorrow.". As in, "Windows 1.0 is so much lamer than the Mac Finder. It will never plug and play like the Mac"

    To answer your question, though, it is significant to cars because a lot of people use cell phones in their cars. A very small minority use pc's while a very large number of people keep trading their phones every 2 years for more capability, greater power, and better speed.
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    i agree. the carpc hobby industry is still in its baby stages, yet it might already be becoming obsolete. 10 years from now it will be hard to buy a car without a factory computer built into the dash, and they will be just as functional as what our custom ones are now.

    its just a hobby to me though. i know i can get a droidX or something and pretty much use that for everything i do.... to me though, theres nothing better then running full-blown windows inside my car (problems and all!)

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    I have 2.2 Froyo, it's pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    i agree. the carpc hobby industry is still in its baby stages, yet it might already be becoming obsolete. 10 years from now it will be hard to buy a car without a factory computer built into the dash, and they will be just as functional as what our custom ones are now.

    its just a hobby to me though. i know i can get a droidX or something and pretty much use that for everything i do.... to me though, theres nothing better then running full-blown windows inside my car (problems and all!)
    i disagree--carpc's, or at least most of the ones here are almost strictly a hobby-- a car-manufaturer-installed carpc solution will never have as much adaptability/functionality as one of our solutions because they need to locks it down to allow everyone to be able to use it without screwing it up..

    everyone here has time to track down why program 'x' doesn't work on the way we need it to.. a standard user requires that program 'x' does what it is supposed to, no matter what..

    there is also the lag time with car manufacturers-- they almost never have anything close to the latest tech...

    but enough of that, back on topic:

    i am guessing that the program that google is using for voice recognition is to large for downloading to a cell phone, or requires a better processor for decoding the voice..

    by sending all the data back to a main server, i just think that there is going to be too much lag between some voice commands-- and for people like me, if i can's see it working, i would start repeating commands, so by the time the voice prompts caught up, it would have been about 6-7 skipped songs over what i originally wanted..

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    Looks cool huh, do we need data plan to run this?
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    Most of Google's apps are designed to be run through their servers, and so yes, you need to have a data plan to run Google voice.

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    Droid X Android as Carputer.

    I am pretty impressed so far with this.

    I was running Centrafuse on a laptop. While it was very cool when I first started using it. There was a lot of leg work to get it set up and working properly. I did have bluetooth and tried to get it working with my phone, but it was a hassle and it didn't always work well.

    There is still some work to be done in this area to get the phone stuff working flawlessly with noice reductions, what types of mics to use etc.

    I have recently started using the Droid X with the Car Mount. When the droid X is put into the Car mount, there is some UI that starts up with buttons to make using it driver friendly.

    Plus the Voice Command is a pretty cool feature along with the Google Navigation Beta.

    I can say "Navigate to" and some address, It will think for a few seconds, then bring back what it thought I said, then basically start navigating me to those directions.

    I can say "Navigate to nearest Italian Resturaunts". I get a list of resturaunts, then I chose one and it navigates me there.

    The navigation has layers like Real Time Traffic. It was pretty impressive. I could pick Naviget to a contact list person and off I go.

    It seems as good if not better then what I get out of the Garmin Mobile PC I was running under the Centrafuse.

    There is nothing to install on the Car, like Screen, wires etc. It is pretty cool. There are a lot of apps and many more to come. It could easily give the Centrafuse / carputer a run for it's money that is for sure.

    Cost is about $200.00 and a 2 year contract plan from verizon for instance. It's your phone and carputer in one.

    with the Apps market, there will probably more Carputer type apps to add to the Andoid in the future as I do see a market for it.


    Just some thoughts.

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    dont know if this will help anyone out with froyo, its a sdk emulator for windows

    http://www.blogsdna.com/10400/androi...d-mac-os-x.htm

    would be great to use as plugin in centrafuse if someone could get it to work and have google voice search working with google maps

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    Just been playing with the android emulator, looks like it could work, i dont have the skills to do anything with it other than getting the emulator to work

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