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    Any chance this feature could be incorporated? Would love to have hands free operation, but hate RoadRunner's busy interface and look.
    Audio: 4 * Rainbow Audio Germs + Infinity Basslink / Case: iStarUSA S3 / CPU: C2D P8700 / MB: Jetway NC64-LF / SC: ASUS Xonar Essence STX / RAM: Crucial 2x1GB 1066MHz / HD: MTRON 2.5" 30GB / DVD: Panasonic UJ-815B / PSU: Opus 180w / LCD: Xenarc 700TSV

  • #2
    Not likely. We're both audiophiles, so voice control would be useful for about 0.5 second. "play music"... and then what?
    '01 Chevy Xtreme Stepside (pics)

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    • #3
      Safety is my main concern. Volume up / down and navigating directories is mainly what I would want it for. Reaching across the screen to tap the volume a few times at high speeds just never feels safe. Hard to mash down on that semi-fragile, multi-hundred dollar touch screen vs spinning a knob on a headunit or using steering wheel controls. Navigating through directories is a real challenge when driving, especially if you want to recurse or have alot of directories.

      Having volume controls closer to the driver would help somewhat. Maybe an option? You get used to reaching over w/o looking, but touchscreens always get out of calibration or decide they don't want to respond, so you end up having to eyeball it anyway.

      I am an audiophile too, so being able to take if off shuffle once in awhile, without running over that soccer mom in the next lane would be nice! Exaggerating a bit, but it would greatly help.
      Audio: 4 * Rainbow Audio Germs + Infinity Basslink / Case: iStarUSA S3 / CPU: C2D P8700 / MB: Jetway NC64-LF / SC: ASUS Xonar Essence STX / RAM: Crucial 2x1GB 1066MHz / HD: MTRON 2.5" 30GB / DVD: Panasonic UJ-815B / PSU: Opus 180w / LCD: Xenarc 700TSV

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      • #4
        You should look into an IR remote. Even if it were something I wanted to implement it would fall about a year into the backlog of things to do.
        '01 Chevy Xtreme Stepside (pics)

        FIC K7MNF-64 / Athlon 3200 | 256 DDR | 120 GB 7.2k WD
        WinXP Pro | MediaEngine | 12.1 VGA TFT Touch|Creative CIMR-100
        350w Vector | 320w mATX PS | Hellroaring BIC95150 | ButterflySDC

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        • #5
          Look into VoiceFlux.Net for easy to use voice control.

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          • #6
            I could really see this being a plus with the tiny iguidance letters for entering destinations.

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            • #7
              Ok, let me spell it out once and for all so no-one gets their hopes up. MediaEngine will not have voice control. The same applies to Bluetooth integration.
              '01 Chevy Xtreme Stepside (pics)

              FIC K7MNF-64 / Athlon 3200 | 256 DDR | 120 GB 7.2k WD
              WinXP Pro | MediaEngine | 12.1 VGA TFT Touch|Creative CIMR-100
              350w Vector | 320w mATX PS | Hellroaring BIC95150 | ButterflySDC

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tmar89
                Look into VoiceFlux.Net for easy to use voice control.
                Awesome, thanks.
                Audio: 4 * Rainbow Audio Germs + Infinity Basslink / Case: iStarUSA S3 / CPU: C2D P8700 / MB: Jetway NC64-LF / SC: ASUS Xonar Essence STX / RAM: Crucial 2x1GB 1066MHz / HD: MTRON 2.5" 30GB / DVD: Panasonic UJ-815B / PSU: Opus 180w / LCD: Xenarc 700TSV

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                • #9
                  what about bruno's speech recognition?
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                  • #10
                    Voice control of Media Engine is perfectly possible with the use of NaviVoice. I have managed to get it set up in such a way that I can fully browse my media database, set up searchs, by having the letters entered by voice, skip tracks, toggle shuffle, and control volume,

                    I started by getting the basics working then I set about improving the functionality, for example I created macros for various amounts of volume control, for example volume up 50%, volume down 10%.

                    It all works wonderfully, though there are considerations that you need to make in order for it to be successful.

                    1) where to locate the microphone.
                    My setup is not a car computer but a home computer so I can have the microphone wherever I want it, in a cr locating the microphone will not be so easy. It will need to be close to you or it won't pick up your commands unless you shout!!!

                    2) NaviVoice listens for a keyword to switch it into recognition mode (ie it starts to perform commands) This needs some thinking about, otherwise you might end up choosing something whose component sounds are common, which could lead to the computer being active and executing commands when you are not expecting it!!!

                    3) Voice recognition training.
                    This is something you need to do once the microphone is in the place you want it to be. The more you do the better the recognition will be!!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by WiCKeD 5.9L
                      Any chance this feature could be incorporated? Would love to have hands free operation, but hate RoadRunner's busy interface and look.
                      While I love the fact that MediaEngine is simple to use and has so many skins available (yeah I used ME for awhile), I'd ask you not to judge RR for its "cover" (skins). You can easily get simpler skins that are not as "cluttered" with features and that have simpler/cleaner looks -- You can easily create them as well. On the other hand, there's no need for you to use any software that has more features than you actually need. That's why I always recommend testing all front-ends and judging what better suits your needs.
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