Apple releases ‘Spoken Interface’ preview to select users

“Earlier this year, Apple announced new Spoken Interface functionality, intended for those users who have difficulties using standard computer input and display technologies. This new functionality is to be included in an upcoming major revision to Mac OS X,” MacFixIt reports. “On Wednesday, some users who filled out Apple’s Spoken Interface questionnaire were invited to download and install the Preview version of the Spoken Interface software. According to the email notification:”

The Mac OS X spoken interface provides an additional way to use your Macintosh computer that does not require using a mouse or seeing the screen. In addition to speaking the contents of documents, the spoken interface speaks a description of all the activities taking place on the computer, such as which applications are running, how many windows are open, and much more. You can also control your computer using only the keyboard.

This preview release of the spoken interface provides you with an opportunity to explore this technology before it is built into the Mac OS X operating system. After installing the software, you’ll be able to learn about and explore the features of the spoken interface before its general release.

Please note that the software contained in this preview is not feature complete and some features may not work as expected. While Apple has worked hard to make this preview release reliable you should only install the spoken interface software on a Mac that is not critical to your work and regularly back up your important files and information.

Full article here.

Find out more about Apple’s “Spoken Interface” technology here.

23 Comments

  1. Maybe that’s a bit callous… let me try again.

    “First email. Sender: mv9056z�@yahoo-dot-com. Subject: Enlarge your penis, batgirl. Read or Delete?”

  2. Paul Thurrott should enable this feature on his new laptop and set his name as “Crap Moron”

    << Good Morning Crap Moron, How can I assist you today? >>

    << I see that your battery is almost empty Crap Moron, do you want me to show you how to plug your laptop to your AC adapter? >>

  3. With Apple on it I am hoping there is a chance we can get close to Star Trek level pretty soon. “Computer, given current traffic conditions estimate how long it will take me by car from Home to such and such Hotel.”

  4. According to http://www.apple.com/accessibility/spokeninterface/

    — start quote —

    – Built-in, not bolted on –
    The Mac OS X spoken interface delivers many of the features found in traditional, add-on screen reader applications with one important difference; the spoken interface is completely integrated into Mac OS X. Unlike traditional screen reader applications that are designed as bolted-on after thoughts, the Mac OS X spoken interface is fully integrated into Mac OS X providing an unprecedented level of built-in accessibility for a desktop operating system. In fact it will be included in the next major release of Mac OS X. The advantages are tremendous: No separate installation, wide availability, and one simple set of commands to learn and use. And, because it�s part of the operating system, you get access to the latest technology without delay.

    — end quote —

    First, you know that Steve won’t let it out of the door without being well polished. Y’all are bitchin’ about a 1-button mouse; how about a NO BUTTON mouse?… as in NO MOUSE!!!

    Second, you know that Billy just added something else to his long list of “Crap we need to add to Longhorn”. This should push his release date to 2008.

  5. We will be releasing Longhorn in 2005. The OS will be updated yearly in a series of all new versions. The first version will be able to access all of your data on your floppy drives, disc drives and internal hard drives. The second version will be secure enough to access the internet. Each new version will incorporate even more of R&D South’s breakthroughs. We will charge full price for each new version but it will be worth every dollar. We are giving cat names to each version for an added touch of originality. 2005’s version will be called Hairball. We are looking for suggestions for the 06 through 09 versions.

  6. Oh dear … a latt� perchance? I’m truly sorry about the dry cleaning, ndelc. Perhaps I can buy you a coffee one day, but I hope you understand if I want nothing to do with your pants.

    >you know that Billy just added something else to his long list of “Crap we need to add to Longhorn”

    “Welcome to Longhorn, batgirl. You belong to the Outlaw Group. You belong to the Outlaw Group. You belong to the Outlaw Group.”

    “You have three patches to download today. Norton detects a virus in Patch 2008-1. Deleting. Norton detects a trojan in Patch 2008-2. Deleting. Norton detects malicious unknown code in Patch 2008-3. Deleting. You have three patches to download today….”

    “Your Longhorn registration is invalid. Uninstalling.”

    LOFL

  7. less is More, did u ever think about changing careers?? u are hilarious!! men I could just see window users now yelling @ their computers and breaking them as you made the statement above.

  8. I’ve seen it, Simple1. They yell, “Fuggin’ Windoze!” but they are thinking: “I’m still not gettin’ a fuggin’ Mac!” Sigh … so sad. I admire their tolerance for pain though.

  9. “You have three patches to download today. Norton detects a virus in Patch 2008-1. Deleting. Norton detects a trojan in Patch 2008-2. Deleting. Norton detects malicious unknown code in Patch 2008-3. Deleting. You have three patches to download today….”

    Less is More, you’re killing me here! LOL

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