Is phone technology coming full circle?

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Mobile voice-recognition technology now allows people to send text messages to friends by talking instead of typing

And the next step will surely be voice-synthesizing phones that can "speak" text messages to you. Or do these exist already?
 
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I believe the Droid can translate voicemails to text. It wouldn't be hard to add software to speak text.
 
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jtbell said:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/19/voice.recognition/index.html?hpt=Sbin



And the next step will surely be voice-synthesizing phones that can "speak" text messages to you. Or do these exist already?

It's not really full-circle. The voice recognition software is really not that great, you say call it thinks you said internet. Somehow they sound similar. For a voice recognition software to be able to take what you are saying and make it into a text-message that is definitely new and quite high-tech relative to what's available. Even speech recognition software on the computer can't do that effectively unless you spend big money.
 
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jtbell said:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/19/voice.recognition/index.html?hpt=Sbin



And the next step will surely be voice-synthesizing phones that can "speak" text messages to you. Or do these exist already?

They sure do. They make it for people who have bad eyesight, considering how tiny font usually is on a cellphone. It's usually for seniors.

zomgwtf said:
It's not really full-circle. The voice recognition software is really not that great, you say call it thinks you said internet. Somehow they sound similar.

100% true, although it's not always that bad.
 
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Kronos5253 said:
They sure do. They make it for people who have bad eyesight, considering how tiny font usually is on a cellphone. It's usually for seniors.
It also works if you send a text message to a land phone. It speaks the text message to you and it's actually pretty understandable.
 
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I hope it teaches people to enunciate. A computer isn't bound to the proprieties of not telling people they're mush-mouths.
 
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jtbell said:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/19/voice.recognition/index.html?hpt=Sbin



And the next step will surely be voice-synthesizing phones that can "speak" text messages to you. Or do these exist already?

If you could speak your text message, have the person you're communicating with hear it in words, and have the other person immediately reply in real-time in a spoken text message that would be converted into a spoken message you could hear - plus have it done in each speaker's real voice?

That would be positively awesome, dude! It would be like... well... almost like a telephone, but lots cooler because it would use all those cool texting abbreviations like 511, RBAY, STB, and ST&D!

The big problem is how it would handle those situations where you're ROTFLUTS. There's no telling what text your sounds would be converted to, nor how the receiver would react to it.
 
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zomgwtf said:
It also works if you send a text message to a land phone. It speaks the text message to you and it's actually pretty understandable.

Is that what my wife got here at home the other day? She said she got a phone call that was a text message (que?) for me.
 
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Its funny. There are some people who will refuse to talk on the phone and only use text (in my observation usually girls), and it turns a one minute conversation intom a thirty minute conversation. It's like, who needs the phone, let's go back to the telegraph [STOP]
 

1. What is the meaning of "phone technology coming full circle"?

"Phone technology coming full circle" refers to the idea that current smartphone technology is starting to resemble the features and functions of older, more traditional phones. This can include features such as physical buttons, smaller screens, and longer battery life.

2. Why is phone technology coming full circle?

Phone technology is coming full circle due to a combination of factors such as consumer demand for simpler and more durable phones, advancements in technology that allow for more compact and efficient components, and a desire to reduce the environmental impact of electronic waste.

3. How is phone technology coming full circle affecting the smartphone market?

The trend of phone technology coming full circle is leading to a shift in the smartphone market, with some companies releasing "retro" or "dumb" phones that have limited features and longer battery life. This is also leading to a decline in the demand for high-end, expensive smartphones as consumers opt for more affordable and simpler options.

4. What are the potential benefits of phone technology coming full circle?

The potential benefits of phone technology coming full circle include a decrease in electronic waste, longer-lasting and more durable phones, and a return to simpler and more user-friendly designs. It may also lead to a more diverse market with options for different types of consumers.

5. Are there any drawbacks to phone technology coming full circle?

While there are potential benefits, there are also some drawbacks to phone technology coming full circle. These may include limited features and capabilities compared to traditional smartphones, potential difficulties for those who rely on advanced smartphone functions, and a potential decrease in innovation and competition in the smartphone market.

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