Speech recognition (navigate with voice commands) question...

 

Hi All,

The Nüvi 8XX series GPSr's are "speech recognition" (navigate with voice commands) capable.

My question:
Is the "speech recognition" (navigate with voice commands) feature accomplished through hardware, software or a combination of both?

If it's done through software, I wonder if Garmin would offer that capability, for units with TTS (Text-To-Speech) capability, through let's say, an "optional" paid firmware update.

Regards,

Tailspin

Nüvi 670
Mac User

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Sullivan's Law: Murphy was an optimist!

Won't work...

on any unit without a built in microphone. The hardware and software both have to be present.

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Rick - Nüvi 260 - eTrex Summit HC

Re: Won't Work...

rapriebe wrote:

on any unit without a built in microphone. The hardware and software both have to be present.

Hi rapriebe,

I guess I'm out of luck... sad
Looks like the only models with "speech recognition" are the Nüvi 850, 860 and 880.

Thanks for the help...

Regards,

Tailspin

Nüvi 670
Mac User

--
Sullivan's Law: Murphy was an optimist!

Nuvi 880

I saw the 880 at CES in Las Vegas. I watched the Garmin demo which was in Volvo XC-90. There is a button that mounts on the steering wheel which, I believe, connects wirelessly to the 880. You push the button to tell it to pay attention that you are giving it a voice command. Maybe someone who sat in the car can confirm. If that is the case there are definitely changes in the hardware and backward compatiblity is unlikely.

Usually more hardware is required

Speech recognition (besides the obvious of requiring a microphone) will typically have additional circuitry. Software alone will rarely provide an upgrade.

Besides, the marketing model is to get you to purchase a newer unit. You just don't often see software updates on lower-cost consumer devices that ADD new features. Bug fixes and perhaps minor new features, but rarely do you see "major" new features. I'm reminded of the digital camera market here. I haven't seen anyone add Face Recognition to an older camera with a firmware update, for example.