Vlingo Virtual Assistant with InCar Beta
When you spend as much time behind the wheel as I do, you quickly develop a short list of must-have car tech apps. These days, I rarely hop into the driver's seat without Vlingo Voice with InCar Beta running on my handset. At its most basic, this voice command app allows me to initiate calls, fire off text messages, and perform a variety of other tasks with the sound of my voice.
I know what you're about to ask me: "Can't Google Voice Search already do these things?" Sure it can, but Vlingo's got a few features and a custom interface called InCar that that is optimized for in-car use. A feature called SafeReader, for example, processes incoming text messages and reads them aloud, so I never have to choose between missing an important message and taking my eyes off the road.
Another feature, called Auto Listen, allows me to interact with the app for simple functions, such as sending a text message or initiating navigation, without even touching my phone. I simply say, "Hey, Vlingo, navigate to In-N-Out Burger" or "Hey, Vlingo, text Wayne, I'll be there in 10 minutes." and the app takes care of the rest.
July 19, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Screenshot by Antuan Goodwin/CNET
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