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    Anyone have any thoughts on the best voice conttrol software for in-car use??
    <b> Player </b> 500Mhz PIII on "biscuit" M/B 6GB 2.5" HDD Rand McNally GPS on MS Autoroute software:-( Winamp 6.4"TFT with LVDS input

  • #2
    http://www.rpi.edu/~ringk/VoodooVoice/
    2001 Honda Civic
    Mp3 player under construction

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    • #3
      Thanks

      Thanks BJ, It certainly looks interesting...Have you used it?? How does it stand in the real world??
      <b> Player </b> 500Mhz PIII on "biscuit" M/B 6GB 2.5" HDD Rand McNally GPS on MS Autoroute software:-( Winamp 6.4"TFT with LVDS input

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      • #4
        I haven't used it in a car, but on my PC ot works fine.

        The key to all speech recognition is having a good microphone setup. You need the mic close to your mouth, and you need to have the mic volume levels set properly.
        2001 Honda Civic
        Mp3 player under construction

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        • #5
          Voodoo

          I had Voodoo up and running perfectly within 10 minutes. The software is simple. It can be adjusted to accomodate for loud noises, ie loud music already playing, but it takes some time to iron it out.

          Here is the problem: There are only 8 recognized commands! Basically, it is entirely worthless unless you simply want to stop, pause, go to next song, or last song. You cannot adjust volume, open playlists, or anything! Hell if it just included volume controls I'd use it, but without them it is entirely worthless.

          Has anyone found any other alternatives?
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          • #6
            If you're running Windows XP you could use XP Plus. It has built in voice control and I think it has more than 8 commands. (I know you can change the volume
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            • #7
              Will the XP plus voice control work with winamp though, or just media player?
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              • #8
                XP Plus

                Sure you could use XP plus voice control, but from what I've seen it would be more work than its worth. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the idea of voice control is to make it EASIER to control your audio player (winamp).

                If all you want is voice control, use Dragon Naturally speaking. It can be configured to do anything you want. I would create a few macros (based on winamp control sets - look at girder.nl export groups) and then use my voice to execute the macros. You are going to run into the same problem - this is a pain in the as*. Dragon Naturally Speaking will significantly slow down your system, and has an ugly interface. Not to mention its $$$. But it is complete voice control, and approached 99% accuracy after several uses. I won't waste anymore time on details, you can find info on it on pcmag.com.

                Any other ideas?
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                • #9
                  Here is a work-in-progress plugin that my friends and i worked on a while ago. You will need the full speech sdk version 5 from M$ (free download) but it is usable. On SOME systems it is not entirly stable, but on others it works great. Commands are as follows (computer is the wakeup command):

                  select song ____
                  select artist ____
                  begin play
                  stop play
                  next track
                  back track
                  pause play
                  toggle dj
                  toggle shuffle
                  what is this

                  dj is a function that says the name of each song as it begins to play

                  It will recognize more than one command for play, stop, next etc, i just cant remember them all right now. Now i think this is the right file so if it says something weird, let me know, i will post the other one i have. (no time to test right now)
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                  • #10
                    same as voodoo

                    These are essentially the exact same commands as voodoo. Here are voodoo's 8 commands:

                    Actuating Command =Computer

                    Play = begin play
                    Stop = stop play
                    Pause = pause play
                    Next = next track
                    Back = back track
                    Select Song = switch to
                    Read Song = what is this
                    Refresh = refresh

                    As an added bonus with Voodoo, you can use KITTS voice from Knight Rider to respond to you. Yes, Michael, you too can have a talking car.

                    Now if only we could add commands...I tried emailing the author of Voodoo but have not received a reply. I would be more than willing to program in more commands if someone wants to furnish me with a good platform source code, such as Voodoo.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by smashr2k
                      Here is a work-in-progress plugin that my friends and i worked on a while ago. You will need the full speech sdk version 5 from M$ (free download) but it is usable. On SOME systems it is not entirly stable, but on others it works great. Commands are as follows (computer is the wakeup command):

                      select song ____
                      select artist ____
                      begin play
                      stop play
                      next track
                      back track
                      pause play
                      toggle dj
                      toggle shuffle
                      what is this

                      dj is a function that says the name of each song as it begins to play

                      It will recognize more than one command for play, stop, next etc, i just cant remember them all right now. Now i think this is the right file so if it says something weird, let me know, i will post the other one i have. (no time to test right now)
                      cool, but it would be nice to know the other commands.

                      edit: any chance it will work on a p133?

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                      • #12
                        Hey... I downloaded the voice plugin because i was curious about trying something like this also.... I'm having problems.

                        Mr Burns Keeps saying "terrible at everything; a complete moron", "shutup little girl" " i can't take much more of your blundering numbskullery"

                        Its not operating correctly... or better yet...I don't know how to operate it. Any help? I've already done the training. I just don't understand how it works i spose.

                        I say "Computer play".... and get insulted.... Maybe because of this infernal southern accent.... but.... oh well....

                        ~DD
                        Brent Parsons
                        Raleigh, NC
                        Just purchased '01 Loaded Accord
                        that is begging for a computer
                        :)

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                        • #13
                          Great thread all, I am totally excited to start messing with some stuff tomorrow. What kind of vocal range do ya'll use? Is this something where the microphone can be 2-3 feet from your mouth or does it need to be close? WHat kind of mics are you using? Cheap OEM style ones or something of quality?

                          Thanks,
                          j3

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                          • #14
                            Thanks

                            I have just tried Voodoo in the car for the first time with mixed results.

                            I am using a pretty good quality directional microphone positoned just in front of the grab handle and it works pretty well.......most of the time but with all things like this it has to work 100% of the time or you become frustrated and end up ripping the damn thing out!!!!

                            I have to say it works better than I had expected (even with music playing and cruising @ 80mph) so I may just keep it installed and keep tweaking.

                            You guys are right though Voodoo would benifit from the addition of more commands.
                            <b> Player </b> 500Mhz PIII on "biscuit" M/B 6GB 2.5" HDD Rand McNally GPS on MS Autoroute software:-( Winamp 6.4"TFT with LVDS input

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                            • #15
                              Ive been just starting to play with Voodoo voice, i love it thus far. Im not sure if im going to use it in my car yet. I got bored one day at made a star trek theme for it.. all it is pretty much the star trek computer sounds. I got ****ed at Mr. Burn telling me to shut up. decided to find something a bit nicer.

                              its <a href="http://students.uta.edu/ar/arb8275/Files/startrek.zip">here</a>

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