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MSI Reveals Voice-Activated Motherboards at IDF

By - Source: Bright Side of News | B 31 comments

MSI showcased a PCIe card that enabled voice control on select MSI motherboards featuring the "JDLED3" header.

Theo Valich over at the Bright Side of News reports that MSI showcased select motherboards at the Intel Developer Forum which featured a unique add-on PCIe x1 card enabling voice control.

According to the report, the add-on card contains mic/line input jacks and connects to a header labeled "JDLED3" that's already available on some MSI motherboards on the market. The add-on is also driven by the company's Voice Genie software which tracks voice patterns so that users can perform basic control functions.

"For instance, to turn the computer on, user needs to say 'MSI Big Bang Power On,' and to shut it down the user only needs to say 'Power Off MSI Big Bang' (in case of MSI's Big Bang motherboard)," Theo reports. "You can also 'Open Control Panel,' 'Open Browser' and customize the commands. For instance, you can start the computer with a customized theme such as 'Open thyself Sesame' or 'Warp One Engage,' but bear in mind that shutting the computer down will require a reverse order of words (hence the MSI Big Bang Power On - Power Off MSI Big bang)."

Other than what was seen at the show, MSI has remained tight-lipped on the board, and there's no known release date at this time. Still, the company promises that the accessory will be available at a "more than affordable" price whenever it decides to appear on the market.

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    RipperjackAU , September 16, 2011 1:47 PM
    Oh YAY!!... a new way to troll.

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    Anonymous , September 16, 2011 2:20 PM
    @jtt283

    no the correct response for a motherboard would be
    "im afraid i cant do that Dave"
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    utengineer , September 16, 2011 1:18 PM
    [insert Jean Luc Picard voice]"Computa, initiate auto-destruct sequence..."
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    rantoc , September 16, 2011 1:06 PM
    Cool idea, hope they patented it or some other patent troll company will and sue em claiming it was their "innovation"
  • 11 Hide
    utengineer , September 16, 2011 1:18 PM
    [insert Jean Luc Picard voice]"Computa, initiate auto-destruct sequence..."
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    Onus , September 16, 2011 1:28 PM
    And does the motherboard respond?
    "By your command."
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    lp231 , September 16, 2011 1:41 PM
    Not interested if I have to say a full sentence just to turn on/off my computer.
    Windows Vista/7 already has speech function where you can do basic commands like open media player, click start and so forth.
  • 34 Hide
    RipperjackAU , September 16, 2011 1:47 PM
    Oh YAY!!... a new way to troll.

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    Rizlla , September 16, 2011 1:47 PM
    Voice activated things never work that great. You always have to say the commend over and over. This is not a feature I would use.
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    cookoy , September 16, 2011 2:08 PM
    wait till it learn more phrases like 'overclock', 'shut off cpu fan', 'format hard drives' and things will get pretty interesting
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    murdoc , September 16, 2011 2:10 PM
    You mean I get to say a long phrase to power the computer now instead of an instant push of the power button? Awesome!
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2011 2:20 PM
    @jtt283

    no the correct response for a motherboard would be
    "im afraid i cant do that Dave"
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    d0gr0ck , September 16, 2011 2:23 PM
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    LongLiveRock1974 , September 16, 2011 2:25 PM
    murdocYou mean I get to say a long phrase to power the computer now instead of an instant push of the power button? Awesome!


    Agreed.
    Before card: Press button to turn on.
    After Card: Sit down and position mic. Clear throat. Say oddly long phrase and hope system understands.
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    back_by_demand , September 16, 2011 2:41 PM
    Let's hope it understands odd accents, like Brooklyn New Yoikers accent, or the Deep South Alabaiyma, not to mention all the pig-latin from Chinese, Russian or African people.
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    amdwilliam1985 , September 16, 2011 3:01 PM
    Since I already named all my PCs at home, it will be very cool and showoff to my friends when I can say something like, "Release the Kraken" to turn on and off a pc of mine.

    Haha, I'm ready to pay $50 for it as long as it works most of the time.
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    jaywed , September 16, 2011 3:15 PM
    "Complete homework"
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2011 3:18 PM
    New entry for a malicious virus. You download some music, video or game and when played out from your speaker comes "Power Off MSI Big Bang" and down goes your machine!
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    runswindows95 , September 16, 2011 4:25 PM
    I already spoke to computers in the past: "Why don't you turn the **** on? Why are you ******* beeping at me you piece of ****! Turn on you ************* computer! TURN ON!"
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    beardguy , September 16, 2011 4:27 PM
    LOL @ the "new way to troll"

    This is a cool idea, but I just don't see it being super useful. The thing is newer versions of Windows already have voice controls built in. So the "open control panel" etc. seems like a moot point. So the only new thing this is really offering is the ability to turn on your computer with voice.

    Which brings me to my second point. The power saving features in newer versions of Windows make it so I (and probably most people) never even shut my system off anymore. I simply let it go to sleep. Maybe there is a "wake up" voice command?
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    Lord Captivus , September 16, 2011 5:30 PM
    Im from Argentina, does the motherboard understand?:
    Enciendete condensador de flujos!!
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    dextermat , September 16, 2011 5:50 PM
    Just wonder, do you have to "voice train it " ?

    If that's the case "new way to troll" won't work
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    danwat1234 , September 16, 2011 6:12 PM
    d0gr0ckHello Computer


    The mouse is not a microphone!!
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