Google tests voice search under the sea

Google tests voice search under the sea

Summary: The web giant's Australian arm has tested voice search functionality under the sea and under the ground, as it looks to improve the feature in its desktop and mobile versions


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  • Google Android handset

    Google recently asked several members of its Chrome team to go on a search under the sea, not for the lost city of Atlantis, but for things like currency conversions and weather forecasts.

    Google Australia engineers Noel Gordon and Alice Boxhall travelled to the Great Barrier Reef, armed with notebooks and their Android-powered Sony Ericsson Experia smartphone, to see if they could get search terms requested by voice working underwater.

    The experiment worked by mounting the handset on a retort stand (above).

    Photo credit: Google Australia 

  • Transducer on ship

    Meanwhile, a transducer relayed the voice of a diver looking for a coffee shop, for example.

    Photo credit: Google Australia

Topics: Apps, Software Development

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