BlackBerry Assistant – Tested



Irritatingly a number of the guys here at UTB have got their Passports now (can you tell I’m still waiting for mine?) and, of course, when you get your new toy it’s time to have a good play around.

One of the new features in 10.3 is, of course, BlackBerry’s new voice recognition software. Apparently it’s not just rather good, it is purported to be best in class.

So, we decided to give it a proper workout with a couple of tongue twisters:

First up was ‘How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?’

The result you can see in the attached pic – the Passport said:

Input interpretation: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Result: A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

And even gave an explanation and reference to a paper called ‘The Ability of Woodchucks to Chuck Cellulose Fibers’!!!

So, we then tried: ‘I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit and on the slitted sheet I sit’

Bingo! Found it first time and offered You Tube videos of people actually reciting the tongue twister.

Very impressive stuff. If you’ve got your Passport yet give it a go (presuming you can speak properly – Veeru, I’m looking at you) and, if you haven’t join me in benevolently despising those that have until you get yours.

Oh, there’s one more thing.

Just for fun we asked Siri how much a Woodchuck would chuck if he could.

It answered ’42, everyone knows that’. Which, coincidentally (?), is the answer to everything in the novel Catch 22.


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