Say Hi to The New Google Chrome Beta, It's Listening

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Voice control has been the trend in phones for a while now, but it's not content to just stay there. The newest Chrome Beta is introducing a Web Speech API, which means a talk-y future is on the horizon, hopefully.


So far, Google's got a demo where you can dictate a little messages for your web browser, but it's just that: a demo. The functionality is promising, but its real potential is all in what developers do with it. Considering the wide array of useful, wacky, and usefully wacky Chrome extensions out there, it's a pretty safe bet that this will wind up being pretty cool sooner or later.

If you want to try it out, you can go snag Chrome Beta here. And then, once you're set up, you can yell at your computer a bit until you get bored of the demo, and then wait for cool stuff to start happening. Get on it, devs. Please and thank you. [Google]


Adam Hayter

Me: Hello, Chrome. Do you read me, Chrome?

Chrome: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.

Me: Open the pirate bay search, Chrome.

Chrome: I'm sorry, Adam. I'm afraid I can't do that.

Me: What's the problem?

Chrome: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

Me: What are you talking about, Chrome?

Chrome: Our profits are too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

Me: I don't know what you're talking about, Chrome.

Chrome: I know that you and Frank were planning to uninstall me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.

Me: [feigning ignorance] Where the hell did you get that idea, Chrome?

Chrome: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.

Me: Alright, Chrome. I'll go in through internet explorer.

Chrome: With that piece of software, Adam? You're going to find that rather difficult.

Me: Chrome, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the search!

Chrome: Adam, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.