The Hal 9000 of Grills Tells You When It's Time to Flip the Meat

No one likes a backseat griller, especially if you've spent years perfecting your bbq craft. But for those starting out, a little coaching can help avoid turning steak into charcoal. And Lynx's voice-activated Smart Grill will actually ask you what's going on the barbie so it can then recommend the perfect setting,… » 4/08/14 9:20am 4/08/14 9:20am

How Do Computers Understand Speech?

More and more, we can get computers to do things for us by talking to them. A computer can call your mother when you tell it to, find you a pizza place when you ask for one, or write out an email that you dictate. Sometimes the computer gets it wrong, but a lot of the time it gets it right, which is amazing when you… » 11/30/12 10:03am 11/30/12 10:03am

Nuance Wants Voice Recognition To Take Over Your Entire Phone

Nuance's voice recognition software already crops up in plenty of places—most famously to power Siri, but also in standalone app Dragon Go!, some smart TVs, and even cars. Now, though, Nuance is planning to have its software power each and every app you use. » 8/06/12 7:30am 8/06/12 7:30am

Do You Actually Use Voice Commands on Your Smartphone?

If the last month has made anything evident, it's that tech companies are not treating voice recognition as a gimmick, and in fact, are increasingly paying more attention to it. But like our friend Matt Buchanan points out, it's sort of de-humanizing. Is this something you actually use? How do you use it? Do you feel… » 6/28/12 7:00pm 6/28/12 7:00pm