Q) Will an offline speech engine be built in?
A) I hope so. I'm waiting to see what features of Google Now are made available to developers
Q) What languages will it be available in?
A) At first, English only. Once I have the framework functioning correctly, I can turn my attention to translations (thank you for the messages I’ve received offering translation help).
Q) Will it use natural speech recognition?
A) Over time it will, but in the testing stages commands will be more structured. As my algorithms develop, so will the application's ability to recognise exactly what you want.
For the conversation mode I’m really up against it. I’m almost trying to reinvent the wheel knowing that Google are no doubt sitting on a very advanced algorithm purposely for this… They are more than welcome to allow me to use it…
Q) How much is utter! going to cost when it’s out of beta?
A) I don’t know as yet. Not more than a couple of dollars... I just need to make sure that whatever the price, it's more than worth it.
Q) Which speech engine does it use?
A) In the video I used IVONA beta (available on the Market here
). This option is configurable so you can use a free or premium engine of your choice.
Q) Google’s Project Majel will no doubt surpass this application. Why are you bothering?
A) Perhaps.. It remains to be seen the direction Google take and whether their focus will be too much in the interest of nudging you towards Google services, rather than providing an open and configurable voice integrated assistant.
For example: If you assign ‘Save Battery’ to a command, on detection utter! could go ahead and minimise your brightness level and screen time-out, turn off (or restrict) all data connections, set your device to GSM only, turn off vibrate functions and screen animations, underclock and undervolt your CPU (requires root) etc etc.. Is that what you expect from Majel? Personally, I don’t… [Update - I think I was right about this!]
Q) How do I register to beta test!?
A) Hang around this thread – thank you.
Q) The icon you used in the video for utter! was lame!
A) Yes! I just borrowed the inbuilt icon for now. If you think you can design a better one, please feel free! Maximum respect (at the very least) from the first post is offered in return!
Q) Can you adapt Siri to do these things please?
A) I honestly have had these requests – I’m afraid that’s not going to be possible now… or in the near/far future /ever…