Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pt 1: iPhone Voice Commands, Notifications, Voice to Text/Text To Voice

Today's post is the first in a series that will focus on iDevice Voice Control, voice notifications, text to speech and speech to text options.

Are you tired of your friends showing you how their Android based phone has system wide voice commands? It's the latest craze. Voice control, voice notifications, voice to text, and even text to voice. I'm going to show you how Bruce T does it.

This week we will show you how to expand the Voice Control features in Jailbroken iDevices. Also, stay tuned next week when Bruce T shows you how to add Voice Notifications to your Jailbroken iDevice.

Lets start with your stock iDevice. Apple's Voice Control, we all know it's there, but rarely use it. Basically, you press and hold the home button and you have access to features without having to fiddle with your home screen. Here are a few of the stock voice commands:

"Call"...say name or number
"No", "Nope", "Not the one"
"Stop", "Cancel"
"Play Songs by" .....say artist name
"What time is it?" iDevice tells you the time.

Click here for a printable updated and complete list from

Rumors are circulating that the next generation iPhone will have stronger native voice controls as well as native voice based navigation.

Here's a brief video on iOS Voice Controls:

On to the more impressive stuff. The following App requires a Jailbroken iDevice, and is yet another reason to Jailbreak your iDevice, if you haven't already. Click here for information on the latest Jailbreak.

Earlier this month, iPhone Dev Chpwn released "VoiceActivator". Wacth the official launch video:

If you want to give this a try, grab your Jailbroken iDevice and launch Cydia.

Install the tweaks, Activator, and VoiceActivator. Once installed, they will be available in Settings.

Here is a brief video tutorial.

Comment below with your comments or questions.

And that's how Bruce T Does Voice Controls

Stay tuned next weekend as this series continues.

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