A couple of weeks ago I discovered the joy of talking to my phone, and having it answer me back!
I’ve used the voice to speech function before where you enter by talking instead of typing, but “OK Google” is completely different.
When you want to talk to your android phone, “OK Google” is how you put it in command mode.
There are fun things like asking it “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck”, but I’m more interested in not having to touch my phone when I’m driving.
I’ve gotten into the habit of asking my phone how traffic is during my daily commute.
After the “OK Google”, you can ask, “How is traffic home, or to work?”
Last week I was heading to work in Guelph, and encountered two lanes of bumper to bumper traffic on Victoria Road in Kitchener.
OK Google told me that traffic to work was “light and I should arrive in 22 minutes!”
I called bullshit, but 21 minutes later I was pulling into the parking lot.
This morning OK Google was sick or something….
After I picked up my morning coffee at the Tim Hortons down the street from where I live, OK Google told me I had an hour and 5 minutes commute to work. That’s not bad…
When I hit traffic in Kitchener (around Victoria and Lackner) OK Google told me my commute was still an hour and 5 minutes!!!
I wondered what was backing traffic up, but then realized that the time was the same as my last query.
So I asked OK Google where I was.
“Here is a map of Stratford Ontario!”, was the cheery reply.
I told it to turn on navigation and guide me to work. Glancing down I saw the blue dot was in Kitchener…
So I asked Google again where I was…..again I was told I was in Stratford.
I tried various voice commands to get it to update my location to no avail.
I even pulled over and rebooted the phone and stabbed at some settings.
For some reason I just needed to have OK Google tell me how long it was actually going to get to work!
With increasing frustration I yelled different commands at my phone.
It insisted that I was in Stratford.
Then it occurred to me to do what I would do if I was talking to a human…
“I’m in Guelph!”
“Where am I?”
phone: “You are in Gulf Ontario!” (that’s Google for Guelph)
“How’s traffic to work”
Phone: “Traffic is light and you should arrive in 3 minutes!”
That was really weird that the phone knew where I was, but OK Google didn’t…..
There was the time too when I was showing off “OK Google”….I didn’t mean to put it in command mode, so I told it “Nevermind!”
It played the Nirvana album….well it tried to…I was on mobile data so I quickly stopped that.