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I agree that keyboards will be around for a long time because they allow structured input at a speed and precision which speech cannot provide, even in environments with loud background noise or when voice is simply not an option for other reasons, such as that cold I'm recovering from as I am writing this. The question is what the primary input modality will be. For many smart phone users, the primary input modality has already shifted from a physical keyboard to a hybrid of voice dictation and touch screen keyboard. I, on the other hand, will probably be a pc and physical keyboard person for years to come as it's just my preferred way of communicating with the machines.
So in summary, I do hope NVDA will embrace all the voice-based input modalities Windows will take up, but I also hope that we traditional physical keyboard people will never be left out.
Actually the demise of the keyboard has many times been predicted, but until there is a foolproof way to correct errors in dictation other than using typed in letters, keyboards will be with us. I do worry about soft screen like keyboards however, but since a basic keyboard can be built for a very cheap price, I do not see their total demise for perhaps 10 years, when I'll probably be ashes.
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Ron Canazzi" <aa2vm@...>
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2018 8:13 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] The future of NVDA
I am not qualified enough to comment on this subject, but I'll say one
thing for the author. He seems to be filled with glee over the prospect
of the demise of VFO FKA Freedom Scientific.
On 6/1/2018 12:40 AM, Sky Mundell wrote:
Hello NVDA community. It’s Sky. I wanted to ask you guys a question.
Will NVDA be incorporating voice commands in into the screen reader?
Because a friend of mine has told me that in three years everything is
going to be voice activated. Yes we have dictation bridge for Voice
activation, but what my friend means is that in three years, the
computers, etc. will all be done via Voice activation without a
keyboard. Here is what he has to say.
*From:*bj colt [mailto:bjcolt@...k]
*Sent:* Thursday, May 31, 2018 8:12 AM
*To:* Sky Mundell
*Subject:* Re: CSUN
I just received an email from my local supermarket. I do an on line
shop there every week. From today I can order it via Alexa, Google
home and other apps using voice only ordering.
I did say this is the way forward. With Amazon and Google competing,
this voice activation is going to be the next huge thing in computing.
I've said this for a while as you know. The next step is using actual
programs/apps via voice activation. Just watch my friend. VFO is
finished, on the way out. They won't be able to compete in an open
market. Not as huge as this one. Just imagine my friend. At the moment
I have my favorites in a shopping list. Think about the key strokes I
need to use to get to them? Then additional items. I have to do a
search of often up to 40 products with a similar name. arrowing down,
tabbing down. Then adding them to my shopping basket. Going through
the dates for delivery and times. Then all the key strokes in using my
card details authorization process. All done with our voice. At least
quarter of the time normally spent shopping. This does spell the end
Everything is going to be voice activated in the next 3 years. There
isn't any other way for web developers to go.
Progress sometimes my friend is slow but when it starts, it is like a
high speed jet aircraft. Nothing stands in it's way.
There will be some people who won't change. Or use both methods to
carry out tasks. Now VFO have to utilize jws to act on voice commands.
With Dug in Microsoft. I can see VFO being left thousands of miles
behind. Then when they introduce pay monthly fees. The very fast
extinction of jws and other products will come to a very sudden and
dramatic halt. They may think they have the market share for programs
relating of the blind. They don't any more and they are the ones who
are blind and not us.
Live long and prosper, John
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