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The first killer app for the iPhone?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:41 am    Post subject: The first killer app for the iPhone? Reply with quote

A killer app is defined as a piece of software that's so useful, that people go out and buy the hardware platform just to be able to use that app. Visicalc was the killer app for the Apple II. Pagemaker was the killer app for the 1984 Mac.

Now, there's an app that turns your speech into ASCII text on a mobile device. I'm truly stunned. I didn't think that this was possible unless you had access to a 2GHz processor....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsge4iM-FTE
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used the desktop app and it was quite good however it did make too many mistakes for me and I couldn't be bothered with having to go the the rigmarole of teaching it my voice.

However this iPhone app just looks totally amazing. I think it needs a few more automated export options though, but it could be a useful app. I might even go and grab a mic for my iPod touch now.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dragon has been developing voice dictation software since the late 1990's 2 GHz isn't necessary. The dictation is certainly more reliable with a faster processor. The demo did a great job considering there was not training involved.

I appreciate the enthusiasm JohnnyBoy, but I don't think this app is going to be a "killer app". Why would Dragon limit development to the iPhone (unless it's the only phone capable of doing a good job)? Isn't their goal to get people buying the $300 version. That being said, I bet we'll see the app highlighted on a future iPhone commercial.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
I appreciate the enthusiasm JohnnyBoy, but I don't think this app is going to be a "killer app". Why would Dragon limit development to the iPhone (unless it's the only phone capable of doing a good job)? Isn't their goal to get people buying the $300 version.

Maybe we've got our lines crossed here, Bill. "Killer app" is just a figure of speech that describes "must have" software -- it's an app that's so empowering that users go and buy the hardware that hosts the app just to be able to use it. In the late 70s, accountants spent $2,000 on an Apple II just to be able to use VisiCalc. In the mid 80s, graphic designers spent $2,600 on a Mac Plus just to be able to run Aldus PageMaker. The ground-breaking usefulness of the app justified paying the high price tag for the hardware.

In this instance, I feel that Dragon Dictate could be the iPhone's "killer app" because (1) it offers speech-to-text translation wherever you are, and (2) it's only currently available on the iPhone/Touch.

This is such an incredible breakthrough that if I didn't own an iPod Touch, I would go and buy one, just to be able to run this app. If enough people felt the same way, then Dragon Dictate might be considered as a "killer app". (At the moment, it's only available on iTunes in the US and Canada, but I'm keeping my eye on the situation...)

Sorry for rabbiting on about this. I just think that it's incredible. It feels as though we're on the cusp of a major change in the way that we interact with computers, and this has been the holy grail since J. C. R. Licklider wrote "Man-Computer Symbiosis" in 1960...
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The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would expect Apple to add voice dictation into the iPhone in the future if it is not in the soon to be forthcoming iPhone 4G.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking exactly that same thought the other night! What if voice recognition became a central part of the iPhone OS? Shocked

User presses the new 'Push-To-Talk' button on the side/top/front of the iPhone and says "Safari". Up pops the browser. Holds the button down again: "One Two Three Mac Mini Dot Com". Up pops the website. No typing, no bookmarks. Just immediate communication between man and machine.

The future is just around the corner. I can feel it... Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
I was thinking exactly that same thought the other night! What if voice recognition became a central part of the iPhone OS? Shocked

User presses the new 'Push-To-Talk' button on the side/top/front of the iPhone and says "Safari". Up pops the browser. Holds the button down again: "One Two Three Mac Mini Dot Com". Up pops the website. No typing, no bookmarks. Just immediate communication between man and machine.

The future is just around the corner. I can feel it... Cool


The Google app for the iphone already has voice recognition. And it uses the proximity sensor to activate the recording for the search. It's one of the best free apps out there IMHO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3z7Tw1K17A
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
I was thinking exactly that same thought the other night! What if voice recognition became a central part of the iPhone OS? Shocked

User presses the new 'Push-To-Talk' button on the side/top/front of the iPhone and says "Safari". Up pops the browser. Holds the button down again: "One Two Three Mac Mini Dot Com". Up pops the website. No typing, no bookmarks. Just immediate communication between man and machine.

The future is just around the corner. I can feel it... Cool


This would DESTROY Blackberry (people are exiting in mass numbers as it is), Palm (already on a ventilator anyway), Nokia (what the hell happened to them?) etc etc

Can't WAIT!
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