Google has stepped into the future of television with its new voice recognition feature, a seemingly gimmicky addition, which Google manages to make look pretty useful. In the promotional video below Google shows us how we might use this voice control software and it looks like the kind of thing we would want out of our TV—if it actually works.
- Our Google TV user doesn't have to remember what channel a show is on: He can just speak the program into the remote and it shows up.
- If he doesn't know the name of the program, describing the show to his remote, the television does its smart thing and helps him find his program.
- After asking him to teach him something, the TV surfaces what looks like a how-to YouTube video.
It's more than a speaky version of a remote control, it makes finding things easier—or so it seems.
A main consumer worry with voice recognition is functionality, found a recent survey. "There is distrust towards commanding your home environment with voice; the users doubt especially its functionality," write the authors. Siri, for example, lost favor with the masses for not knowing things. (The promotions for the bot, in a sly way, led us to believe otherwise, too.)