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  • Voice on the Go: Safe Emailing/Texting/Facebooking In the Car

    I've been good with using my phone in the car for years. A few days ago I had a fender-bender, though, while trying to deal with a hot issue on email. It's a pretty embarrassing FAIL, but it's sadly not at all uncommon these days. I decided it was time to look into something using voice, and Voice on the Go might just be it.

    Voice on the Go is a service that'll convert your emails and texts to voice automagically, and read you to them over the phone. It will also allow you to respond, converting words you read into text and allowing you to generate emails and texts completely hands-free. You just dial into a local access number in the US and 29 other countries, give your passcode, and interact with the system through spoken prompts in English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian or German.

    The Voice on the Go app, which is free on iTunes, lets you dial in with a tap (useful if you have a pre-3GS phone without voice dialing). It comes with a free 60-day trial of the service, and you can use it to sync your contacts and email with the service. If you like it, you pay $5.99 for Voice on the Go after the demo expires.

    Haven't had much time to get on-the-road experience, but the voice recognition is pretty accurate and it's simple to use. It also allows you to add items to your calendar by voice... and even update your Facebook and Twitter status if that's how you roll - which I'll go ahead and admit I was stupid enough to do from the car on a couple occasions.

    What I'd like to do is complete the solution by getting voice dialing working on my iPhone 3G, using either this method or macfan406's hack. Cluesticks gladly accepted.

    image via The Unofficial Apple Weblog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Voice on the Go: Safe Emailing/Texting/Facebooking In the Car started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. blackfaith's Avatar
      blackfaith -
      sounds cool!
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      this is pretty cool..but the fact is using the phone no matter what when driving can distract and it only takes a second to cause a accident..use wisely..
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Why not a simple voice dial for 2g and 3g?
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      I'm still waiting for native speech to text on the iPhone. With only a virtual keyboard, speechto text would be great. Maybe dragon naturally speaking will step up one day.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      People shouldn't used a mobile phones in the car at all.

      Unless you r using tomtom
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      yeah bit of a bummer for iphone/3g users ^^

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCcjj9Rh8zE]YouTube - Voice On The Go (iPhone)[/ame]
    1. sucram6791's Avatar
      sucram6791 -
      just downloaded it! i cant wait to try it!
    1. bahgger's Avatar
      bahgger -
      Quote Originally Posted by pacmac View Post
      yeah bit of a bummer for iphone/3g users ^^

      YouTube - Voice On The Go (iPhone)
      I would have laughed so hard if that black van half way into the video smashed into the car because the lady wasn't concentrating on driving..!
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      yeah^^ she gets hit then she say call 911..

      pause the video at 2:00 and you will get this chick number
    1. roeiboot's Avatar
      roeiboot -
      unable to try, it immediately asks for my credit card information...
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      No thanks , if I need to do anything that can't wait , I'll just pull it over .
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      I've been having fun with this for several weeks and it is wonderful!
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      You can make calls and play music using just the sound of your voice.

      Voice Control can find anybody in your contacts list. Simply say a name to make a call. Or say a phone number. iPhone repeats your voice commands to confirm them, then dials away.

      Voice Control knows the music in your iPod, too. Ask your iPhone what song is playing (and hear it answer). Tell it to play your favorite album. Even have it play more songs like the one you’re listening to.

      Here is the video
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by pacmac View Post
      yeah^^ she gets hit then she say call 911..

      pause the video at 2:00 and you will get this chick number
      I called her and got a date for next friday .
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I have a better idea. Just don't text/read email/anything while driving your car. It is that simple. Some people are totally distracted even talking on a bluetooth headset and driving!
    1. pospower's Avatar
      pospower -
      You guys or gals all sound like my wife. We all know it is not safe to talk text answer e-mails while you drive. So save it!
      Now for the rest of us that sometimes say a curse word or two or god forbid look at an incoming text while driving. This could be a possible life saver. Just so you don't think I'm a plant for the company I do see one major issue. you have to dial in. Does anyone think this is a buzz kill for this app but me. I am looking for a solution that does all of this with out making me use my Cell phone minutes. Let alone be on the phone all the time to use it. I want to just be able to say Text Garry Grant and say it and send. That will save many lives in my world. Sorry if I sound grumpy I have newborn Twins and I'm feeding both while typing this. LOL but true.
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      too expensive
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      sounds pretty sweet gonna give the trial a try!
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      I am sure it is a matter of time before Google Voice comes out with something similar.
    1. eatdirt1's Avatar
      eatdirt1 -
      i like the idea but what i dont like is that it sais free,and its only a trial,and then what!something about and e-mail with the rates wtf,screw them.