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Michael Schmidt
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I an eager to see how this turns out.
 
A few days ago I bought a tiny Bluetooth headset to put in my ear because I was inspired at how the movie "Her" (a fantastic movie BTW), portrayed voice recognition and auditory feedback as a natural and seamless way to interact with a computer.

I love how the movie used those elements plus sentient (or near-sentient) AIs to depict a world where technology becomes unobtrusive by fading into the background; an article on Wired (http://www.wired.com/2014/01/will-influential-ui-design-minority-report/) talks about it in detail and the probability of it being the interface we all might using in the future.

I plan to replicate the experience in the movie by using a headset in my ear and have my phone be the brains for the setup, just like how Theodore Twombly did it (see the photo below).

Once I have received the headset, which is an inconspicuously tiny Bluedio T9+, I plan to start off by seeing if I can get Google Now to respond to the button on the headset and seeing if regular voice commands such as "Okay google, what time is it?" works through the headset. I like how capable Google Now already is with at at least 70 known voice commands that are actually quite useful.

If all that works, I then plan to setup Tasker + AutoVoice for more advanced voice commands for stuff like turning on the Chromecast (which also turns on the TV) and casting an app such as YouTube or Netflix to the Chromecast automatically. I also want to have Tasker read my notifications to me when they occur.

This is going to be a fun project :-)
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So, I've been trying the new app for #GoogleRewards and today I got a new survey. The first question was "Do you drink flavoured vodka, and are you over the legal drinking age?" The only possible answers were yes or no. Clearly they don't understand that there are 8 possible answers!

I don't drink flavoured vodka, but I am over the legal drinking age. It is not possible for me to answer their question with only a yes or no.

+Google
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I stopped drinking years ago when I realized it made me break out in black eyes. 
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There are times I wish I could "rewind" my son, so I could experience different parts of his life whenever I want. Being a baby, being 1, being 2...

Soon enough he will be a tween, a young man, an adult, and my "little buddy" will be gone.
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Just found this community. Got Goldeneye for Xmas a couple of years ago, but little time to play after my son was born. My goal is to finish the game at some point.
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Cool. I'm currently stuck at that one mission in Nigeria. Try out the online mode sometime.
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AKA... every day.
 
Being an engineer in a corporate environment
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Dear Gods...
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For +John Servedio et al... I whipped this up.

"Use da sonic!"
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May the Sonic be with you!
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Hey +Google and +Google Play what's up with the new update to Newsstand, and trying to send feedback? I am seeing news in my Highlights section from sources to which I am NOT subscribed. I don't want them.

Also, when I tried to send feedback, your help page told me (in English) that you couldn't currently provide help for me in my chosen language, which was English! Seriously? 
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I found this amusing. Bond vs Bond vs Bond etc.
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Same here! There's another clip incorporating all the Bonds in a casino! It is really funny and probably even better than this one because they actually look like they're talking to each other! 
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Bored +Megan McGrory? ;-)
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Yup. Spent most of the day with my son visiting the houses of grandparents.
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Director of Art & Marketing
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Graphic design. Photography. Adobe Creative Suite. HTML/CSS. Writing. Problem Solving. Occasional IT support.
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    President, 10 - present
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Human, male. Parent. Wedded. Employed. Android. Designs graphically. Puts pen to paper & fingers to keys occasionally. Reads. Beers on me! 10/31. The wilderness calls. Plays rolls. Doesn't believe. The Doctor. Oh, the Horror. Chappa'ai. Walther PPK. "It was... fun. Oh, my." The truth is out there. "I'm making this up as I go."
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Can fold my ears inside-out.
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  • University of Toronto Mississauga
    Political Science
  • Cawthra Park Secondary
    Visual Arts, 1987 - 1992
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Mr. Awesome-Pants