What Did You Just Say

​A mishap with voice recognition software can land you in a spot of bother. 

For those of you who have read my blogs in the past you will know that I am visually impaired and I love technology. That hasn’t always been the case. I only really got into tech as a VI adult, when I was younger I was more interested in girls and football to care much about it. I did have a Playstation but then again what young lad didn’t in those days. Technology has become such an integral part of everyones lives these days and it is such a good thing that the market leaders in many of the tech fields are including us visually impaired people in their developments. Apple, Android and now Amazon have all made a massive effort to include such features as TalkBack and magnification gestures which make life a lot easier for those of us that need it. Gone are the days that we have to try and read our phone screens with a tiny magnifier and trying to type with your nose pressed up against the screen entering some rather odd words as you go with your oversized snout.

Not everyone however will be so used to using this kind of tech as I am but even I make mistakes. I have been using voice recognition now for some time, nine times out of ten it is brilliant and works seemlessly. However today, whilst I was trying to tell my girlfriend 

‘you will only  bend’ it came out as ‘your a lonely bender’. To give this some context I was telling her she would only bend some screws she was trying to install and by no means did I ever want to call her a lonely bender. I quickly called her to rectify this situation. Thankfully this isn’t the of error my voice recognition has made and I am sure it will not be the last. I thought  I spoke quite clearly but apparently not. 

As good as the voice recognition is on my Galaxy Note 4 phone, I can assure you it doesn’t even hold a candle to the Amazon Echo. Known as Alexa as many of you will know, she sits proud in my house and is ready and willing to answer my every request. Her voice recognition is better than any other I have ever come across. The technology  built in to the Echo is simply amazing. This device wasn’t exclusivley designed for VI folk but it has the potential to be life changing for us all. The sheer simplicity of it is incredible and it’s potential is limitless. 

 I am slowly putting together a full review of the Echo but I want to experience her full power before I do so. It won’t be long and  I will have it finished. 

The morale of the story is not send your partner a message calling them a lonely bender. Always check your message before you send it when using voice recognition. The results can be catastrophic but hilarious at the same time. These mishaps always make me laugh. You just can’t write it. 

Please share your unfortunate voice recognition mishaps, I do enjoy reading your comments. 

That’s it for now. 

Until next time

MRWG.

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