Google wants to hear you say ‘yes’…and ‘no’, and maybe also ‘on’ and ‘off’ too.
The firm is gathering speech samples from people across the globe, as part of a push to get simple voice recognition everywhere, paving the way for voice commands to be added to appliances and gadgets throughout our homes.
“Voice interfaces are really interesting to us for a whole bunch of reasons,” says Google staff engineer Pete Warden, speaking at an Arm Research Summit in Cambridge.
“From an engineering point of view it’s great to avoid having buttons and switches and displays, and all of these other things that suck up power and take up space on the device.
“It really means you can shrink things down, so you can build devices that are almost invisible.”