Let’s talk to microwaves. Sorry, that was supposed to be “let’s talk microwaves,” but with Daewoo’s forthcoming
voice-activated microwave, I suppose that it’s no big deal. Finally fulfilling the dream of geeks everywhere to be able to request their “tea, Earl Grey, hot,” the Daewoo Voice Recognition Microwave can store up to 40 voice commands.
I’m not sure I like the idea that they’re touting 95% accuracy for something that’s cooking my food. Voice recognition has certainly improved, but my phone still tries to call the wrong person about a third of the time. If there’s a 5-in-100 chance of it turning my dinner into radioactive goop, well, that’s still kind of high for me.
Details are scarce on the model at the moment; we have no price, and it won’t be arriving in stores until 2007. I don’t know if I can wait that long though; I think I’ll go start talking to my microwave, just to practice.