Friday, June 27, 2008
Blackberry: Ditch Your Thumbs, Use Your Voice
There's always been something weird about using my phone as an all-in-one device.
Not because it doesn't make sense. It absolutely does. I love having all of my information -- including email, documents, power points -- in one place. What was strange was that I used a keyboard and stylus to input information that was designed to use voice.
Two software companies have developed tools that are opening up the "smart" portion of your smart phone to voice commands.
Vlingo lets people search for text or addresses by speaking into your phone. It's simple and elegant.
Jott, on the other hand, offers more services -- but that comes at a price: complexity. Most of that involves setting up pre-existing groups -- such as all the members on your work team -- and then using the phone to call a specific number, designate "team" as your recipient list and then dictating a message that is either emailed or sent as a text.
Vlingo will probably gain the most traction with people because it seems easier to use. I know my friends who have tried Jott thought it was neat -- and then promptly never used it again.
Regardless, it's clear the age of the keyboard and mouse (or stylus) are quickly coming to an end. Or at least a lessening of the degree of importance.
By Brad at 12:41 PM | Comments (2)