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Anyone use voice commands to control their PC?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Darkst4r, 25 Apr 2017.

  1. Darkst4r

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2009

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    Location: Bedford , United Kingdom

    So basically I got a new phone the other week that came with "OK Google" or whatever the actual app is called.

    I'm pretty impressed with the things it can do with my phone, from opening apps to writing texts for me and playing tracks I choose, all by voice command.

    My question is, is there a way of setting that kind of thing up on my Windows PC?

    It'd be cool to be able to get home from work say "play 'insert track name' and have it do it for me.

    Or open my email client

    Lazy I know, but I'm thinking Jarvis from Iron-man

    Does anyone do this already?

    I was thinking of using Alexa but not sure if it can be linked to PC
  2. Mr.Cookie

    Wise Guy

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    voice attack :)
  3. Darkst4r

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2009

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    Location: Bedford , United Kingdom

    Looks good! Do I need to program and train it to open every album folder on my computer though or can it intelligent search based on my speech input?

    Had a quick look on YouTube and some guy has set it up to open specific play lists via VLC, but I want something that will play whatever I ask without having to train it to open several hundred albums individually
  4. adolf hamster


    Joined: 18 Oct 2012

    Posts: 7,732

    isnt this what cortana is for?

    never used cortana, but i do use google primarily for changing tracks in the car, but if you listen to anything even vaguely uncommon or hard to pronounce it really falls flat on its face.

    plus my inner tin foil hat doesnt like the idea of my pc listening to me.
  5. Efour


    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

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    Location: Norrbotten, Sweden.

    Hey cortana.
  6. Voicon

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Nov 2011

    Posts: 1,181

    Used Cortana a bit but prefer using a keyboard.

    My pc used to boot up and say "Hello Dave" a few years back, my name isn't Dave :)
  7. Bouton Aide


    Joined: 9 Aug 2008

    Posts: 28,311

    Talking to electronic gadgets is extremely strange to me. No!
  8. edscdk


    Joined: 17 Jul 2008

    Posts: 7,077

    voice always seems like a good idea but unless you are disabled its usually faster just to use a mouse or type..

    don't get me wrong its a worth while technology, once its perfected so you can blabber a load of crap and it really does intelligently understand it would great...
  9. Sankari


    Joined: 29 Dec 2007

    Posts: 26,755

    Location: Adelaide, South Australia

    Yep. Takes a little training, but perseverance pays off. To date, my PC understands the following commands:

    * sit
    * stay
    * play dead

    Elsewhere in the UK, Dave wants to know why his PC always calls him 'Voicon.'
  10. Pawnless Endgame


    Joined: 10 May 2004

    Posts: 11,343

    Location: Sunny Stafford

    Anyone still use Dragon NaturallySpeaking? I found that was pretty good for dictating into MS Word etc.

    I don't do the "new" stuff.. Siri, Alexa Cortona. I can touch-type 55 wpm, so no need.
  11. agnes


    Joined: 1 Dec 2006

    Posts: 16,218

    Location: Amsterdam, NL

    Back when I was young and downloaded BonziBuddy lol.
  12. hyperseven


    Joined: 1 May 2013

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    Location: M28

    I have told my PC many times to **** off and you ****, neither have solved any issues :confused:

    But you probably have to get out of bed to use a keyboard.
  13. tres


    Joined: 16 Oct 2007

    Posts: 7,115

    Location: UK

    Currently trying to get SmartThings to wake up and put the computer to sleep. Almost working
  14. [email protected]*nG


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    You're my wife now, Dave

    [email protected]
  15. Voicon

    Wise Guy

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  16. Zogger


    Joined: 1 Aug 2006

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    Location: GU21

    You seem to have the HAL 9000 model. It's a bit dated now though since it was about in 2001.
  17. Glanza


    Joined: 13 Mar 2007

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    Location: South Yorkshire

    Tried it in the past and found it was quicker to manually open programs, folders etc.
  18. Downsy


    Joined: 5 Mar 2004

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    Location: Aylesbury

    Is your PC called Trigger?
  19. Voicon

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Nov 2011

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    It's the same pc I've had for years, it's had 4 new cases, 5 new motherboards, 3 new graphics cards, 5 new CPU's.....