e.g say "Make the page darker"

Experiment No8 — Responding to Voice

Introduction

I think voice commands using natural language is going to be a big thing on the web, especially for accessibility. Being able to issue a voice command trumps a mouse click or a keyboard input for some users. I'm not sure of the practicality of this experiment right now but I can see voice commands becoming a bigger part of what we do in the near future. And it's fun to shout at a computer.

How it works

  1. First of all, you'll need Chrome (it's the only browser that currently allows audio inputs)
  2. Secondly, you'll need to click the mic icon in the input. If you can't see the icon then your browser doesn't support audio inputs (see step 1)
  3. Say something like Make the font bigger, or magnify the text
  4. Adjust the font size again if necessary

Limitations

This is an experiment I had to cut short because of a few notable limitations.

But let's think of the possiblities and other situations this might apply to. We can have a bit of fun with this.