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  • VoiceActivator Tweak Coming to Cydia


    The developer behind a number of popular Cydia titles is getting ready to release a new voice control tweak that greatly extends native iOS functionality. Grant (@chpwn) Paul, who developed ProSwitcher with @Ryan Petrich, is previewing his upcoming VoiceActivator tweak via a YouTube video he's posted on Twitter.

    Many people who have used Voice Control on the iPhone have noticed the severe limitations of the app. If you want to do anything more than make voice or FaceTime calls, listen music or find out what time it is, Voice Control isn't going to be much help to you. What VoiceActivator does is give you a speech interface to @rpetrich's Activator, so you can use voice commands to do any action that Activator supports, like launching apps and opening webpages. In the video, @chpwn shows off how you can use VoiceActivator to take a screen shot.

    It's only been a little over a month since @chpwn asked people if they'd be interested in such an app, so the response was apparently good enough to motivate him. Much as the ProSwitcher app presaged iOS 4 multitasking, this tweak might be a preview of things to come: Apple has been hiring top voice recognition talent and may be adding functionality like this to future versions of iOS. jailbreakers, as usual, won't have to wait that long: @chpwn says he hopes VoiceActivator will be up on Cydia this week.

    Source: Twitter
    This article was originally published in forum thread: VoiceActivator Tweak Coming to Cydia started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 78 Comments
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      This is a /Great/ idea for features that are annoying to enable such as "VoiceOver", I have tried to use it several times. It's awesome when you can actually get it enabled. But it's VERY difficult to disable once you activate it.

      I'm not saying that this would work for VoiceOver, only stating that it would be beneficial.

      I'm sure there are several other things it could be very useful for.... We'll just have to wait and see.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      I'd like to see this be used with google maps so you don't have to type everything in.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I've been using Vlingo (free app)
      and LOVE IT! I did pay $10 (ouch) with an iTunes gift card for the SMS & Email capability BUT it has been well worth it. It will learn your voice and is extremely accurate. If it doesn't understand you, then you correct the error and it'll remember it for next time!

      Dragon had too many steps to send a simple text and the voice recognition was the same as Vlingo.

      BTW, you can use it for:
      SMS, Email, Maps, Twitter/Facebook, Web Search, Voice Dial

      So it's not as customizable as @chpwns tweak but does all the stuff we use daily.

      It's not perfect...but pretty freakin close!
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Definitely gonna try this one out


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I've been using Vlingo (free app)
      and LOVE IT!
      Just tried this out, seems like it could be quite useful for texting while driving once it learns my voice.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Finally something decent for my iPhone 4. Cydia is usually full of far from perfect themes and other crap.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      I can't wait for this, it sounds really cool.
    1. nomercy413's Avatar
      nomercy413 -
      awesome, so my iphone can do things that my friends driod could do last year!

      i know, this joke is old at this point.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Doesn't seem very useful right now. It needs gps app integration like say "navigate to rick roll's house" but I guess Navigon or Tom Tom would be responsible for these features.
    1. sergitocbf's Avatar
      sergitocbf -
      i honestly have no idea how someone has not created a hack that allows ios users to use there voice in the actual system like android. personally i think ios>android for sure but androids voice integretation is really good. if any developers are reading this: CREATE SOMETHING THAT ALLOWS US TO SEND TEXTS WITH VOICE,GPS WITH VOICE, and all around just be able to use our voice in the actual system
    1. Dazz187s's Avatar
      Dazz187s -
      Oh yeah, time to show off to those android pricks
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      looks pretty sweet
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Thanks to the video I'm dusting off my gamecube.
    1. alexp's Avatar
      alexp -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      Exactly.

      I'm struggling to see why I would open cydia this way rather than just poke the cydia icon.

      The whole invoking process needs to be faster, like an activator motion for activating voice control.

      As someone said, it would be useful if we could carry out complicated tasks like adding calander events, or composing text messages.

      And is it just me, or did anyone else find the voice in the video incredibly freaky?
      How do you mean, this would be perfect for opening cydia, a much simpler process:
      1) shout command "open cydia"
      2) repeat 'iphone do not lock' every minuite.
      4) waste some time, mabe bake a cake or re watch the lord or the rings box set
      5)After approximately 3hours your done, what were you looking for again?
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      Holy Crap VLINGO rocks!! To heck with this other app, hit one button, write a text, email, call, search for a location or an answer. Plus it actually understands what I am saying and it is much easier than dragon!

      Check out Vlingo.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Moosestache View Post
      Holy Crap VLINGO rocks!! To heck with this other app, hit one button, write a text, email, call, search for a location or an answer. Plus it actually understands what I am saying and it is much easier than dragon!

      Check out Vlingo.
      Told ya! It's awesome! The only other app I'm now using instead of text is HeyTell.
    1. abcdecals's Avatar
      abcdecals -
      Quote Originally Posted by Moosestache View Post
      Holy Crap VLINGO rocks!! To heck with this other app, hit one button, write a text, email, call, search for a location or an answer. Plus it actually understands what I am saying and it is much easier than dragon!

      Check out Vlingo.
      How did you get Vlingo? I tried but says I need 4.1 software update.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by abcdecals View Post
      How did you get Vlingo? I tried but says I need 4.1 software update.
      That might be true. The same thing happened between 3.1.x to 4.0. It probably updated for 4.1 and now you won't be able to get it until you update.

      It's not worth it if it means you lose the JB. When u do upgrade, though, check it out!
    1. abcdecals's Avatar
      abcdecals -
      Thanks!I won't upgrade until there is a jailbreak involved.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by IXAdamOwnzXI View Post
      Never really used voice control, wasn't accurate enough for me and I feel embarrassing in public. But this is definitely great news.
      It is a little embarrassing, but this would be awesome though to launch apps and what not