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voice activated television

Your voice controls the television.
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My idea is for a voice activated television to use in place of the remote control. Either a microphone or something that can pick your voice up from a distance and also that it recognizes your voice as opposed to the television noises. This would be to cater to people with either arthritis or just poor use of their hands. Maybe not arthritis patients, but at least carpal tunnel patients who have pain when moving their hands. Those people would still get the television viewing experience of changing channels or adjusting the tv and they would not have to rely on others.
okrxtech, Jun 02 2003

x10 http://www.x10.com
you can get the remote to do anything with this [pashute, Oct 04 2004]

Voice Activated Remotes http://www.ec-secur...ila/Television.html
The 2nd one on this list will sass you back. [Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004]


       I'm imagining my in-laws yelling answers at the tv game show... then the channel flips, they both are yelling at the stupid thing to switch back, and each other for changing channels... can't find the remote or the hearing aids... Mayhem.
lurch, Jun 02 2003

       Put the microphone in the remote. Set remote on coffee table. Lie back on couch. Speak softly at the remote. Have a croissant.
Cedar Park, Jun 02 2003

       I do want to be able to shout, "MUTE!" if I'm in the bathroom and one of those Mazda (or Time Warner Cable) commercials comes on. ++ for you.
phundug, Jun 04 2003

       I can watch horse racing anymore...   

       "And... They are OFF"   

       and the TV turns off.
JohnnyOla, Jun 04 2003

       yes!!!! but can it please recognize SHUT UP instead of mute?
flyfast, Jun 04 2003

       // Put the microphone in the remote //
There's a TV remote [link] that understands voice commands. But it doesn't say if you need to push a button first.
Amos Kito, Jun 04 2003

       A voice activated television? Hey, it could turn itself off!
DrCurry, Jun 04 2003

       This would definitely help those who either have a cast or splint on one or both hands. If you've ever had to wear some device on your hand(s) and tried to operate a remote control you will know what I'm taking about.
okrxtech, Jun 04 2003

       What if the remote is a Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer?
thumbwax, Jun 05 2003

       But that means that I'll never be able to watch myself on the television.
PeterSilly, Jun 05 2003

       When I read the title I had a different idea. Stop talking and the tv turns off. To promote 'active' tv-watching and social behaviour (tv viewers talking to each other).
rrr, Mar 19 2005


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