The Point - Can Kinect Understand Weird Accents?

Kinect has trouble with Danny's accent, so this week he's testing the limits of Kinect's voice recognition.

Discussion

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ESPM400
ESPM400

Now for the real challenge... Try to get it to understand a thick newfie accent... It'd have a bloody meltdown.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Xbox One accent challenge? I'd much rather see the Xbox One cinnamon challenge. Make it happen, Danny.

FakeMythology
FakeMythology

Admittedly there are a number of accents in every country and language being from the United States and the West Coast that is what sounds proper to me. Imagine some of the more thickly accented people in the US Boston and a lot of the South will have trouble with this function 

MotokoHutt
MotokoHutt

my opinion is MAYBE it was developed in India for American people ??? O.o just food for thought anyway.

fragsnipa
fragsnipa

Hmmm I wonder how a Jamaican accent would work hhhhhhmmmmmmmmm.

Jamaican: Xbox tun off
Xbox:???????
Jamaican: Xbox mi say tun off.
Xbox:???????
Jamaican: A wa de bloodcleat dis xbox naw lisening.  MI SAY TUN OFF TO BUMBO CLOT.
Xbox:???????????
throws xbox threw window
Jamaican: PS4 You want a redstripe
PS4: Ya mang and pass de bloodclot ganja bredren.  We gon get high tonight LORD DA MERCY.

spenta
spenta

Hilarious, thanks for the chuckles Danny.


zakknafien
zakknafien

i can press the share button in any language its badass

Freboy
Freboy

"Xbox go home"? Is Danny testing if the Xbox can understand a male American racist? 

Inlex
Inlex

I dare you to try a Dutch accent. The dutch can't even understand eachother. Imagine that xbox trying...

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

A lot of managers are high level execs in US are Indians, so it makes sense they've polished that accent - they had to demo it consistently.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@dannyodwyer and my PS4 understands thick Russian accents of my friends, that was something I didn't expect from it, as I was anticipating the same problems everyone have with Siri, Google Now and Kinect

Zombrex
Zombrex

"Oh for fucks sake."

"That's a mistake a lot of us make."

And the rest of your genius comments. You're awesome Danny, I'm diggin' the hoodie too.

amar1234
amar1234

Theres a reason why the indian lady got the best results, and its also the same reason why the indian accent sounds so geeky,  its cause they enunciate every vowel, clearly.  They try to speak english textbook perfect ( or try too anyway), as they learn english from books not friends/family like we do.

Its could alos be cause the software was made in India :P which is probably true you know. i Mean Microsoft HQ may be in USa, but the hard graft is done elsewhere .

AngelsongCA
AngelsongCA

I couldn't stop laughing.  Great episode.  I ended up doing the same thing.  I was like screw it and grabbed the controller.

isshiah
isshiah

We all knew it wouldn't be perfect. I can do an american accent, anyway, so being an aussie is not detrimental. 

Earthen80
Earthen80

I've been trying hard to like Kinect, but more and more I'm convinced it's a stupid gimmick and not worth the extra $100 Microsoft are asking people to pay. Using a controller to  navigate menus is so much easier and Kinect exclusives are all garbage. No matter how much they improve the technology behind kinect, if the actual application doesn't get better, then it will remain useless.

PS. Why do EA advertise there games like they are Xbox One exclusives? I just saw an advert for BF4 and they made no mention of the PS4 or PC version. So much for being platform agnostic, lol

Granpa0
Granpa0

Given the amount of Indian folks that work at MS, the results are not surprising.. but still a quite a bit funny. 

GeddeN7
GeddeN7

Ummm it can barely understand English stfu....

Tobajas
Tobajas

Hmm this kind of reminds me of trying to use the apple Siri, Siri google english lexicon!

Siri Response : Searching Google for english mexican.

Me: No Siri google for english L E X I C O N!

Siri: Searching google for english lexica

Me: NO NO NO google L E X I C O N

Siri: Google Lex I com.

No more apple phone.

llangames
llangames

One of the many reasons the vast majority of people outside of north america have no interest in xbox, I can count on one hand the number of people I know with a 360

Mortified_Cow
Mortified_Cow

My Xbox One was freaking out while I watched this. Only worked on mine when it worked in the video too. Science, has to be.

ForceSkin
ForceSkin

I'm an Aussie bloke and as much as I laughed during the "browse to drop bears," Kinect understands me about 95 times out of 100. I'm half Irish too haha

arqe
arqe

And the experiment shows , Indian people you make fun of with their accent are actually speak better english than "English Talking" countries :D

pozium
pozium

Cool. This is a very creative experiment. 

Fursnake
Fursnake

Yeah, but does it understand Pikey?

warfen
warfen

I can confirm that Scottish male voice does no better than Scottish Lass.  I feel like I'm nagging my Xbox.

morenosuba
morenosuba

even the Kinect knows that Danny cant speak proper English. 

minhin
minhin

Wait a minute, if Xbox One is set up for English (US), then it makes sense if it don't understand British English.  Try setting up British English on Xbox setting and try it again. 

HAMMERCLAW
HAMMERCLAW

I hope Kinect works better than Gamespot's new digs. I haven't encountered anything this broken since the last time I tried to log onto GiantBomb!

madgame23
madgame23

The problem isn't that the system is racist or anything but the clarity of how you pronounce your words.  Obviously its not designed yet to understand language shorthand and such.  Its a problem with Microsoft not recognizing this not the system, they designed it.

billlabowski
billlabowski

I'll take my $500 and build an HTPC that destroys consoles. And yes its more than possible.

SipahSalar
SipahSalar

OBJECTION! Thats not how an indian accent sounds like.

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

holy crap i can't believe it can understand indian accents! i should get one for my grandma for christmas...she'd be blown away that she could talk to the damn thing XD 

gameofthering
gameofthering

So the XBone doesn't like us Scottish people :(

Prithwiraj
Prithwiraj

Iron Bru..... lol.... classic...

ESPM400
ESPM400

@Inlex Or any one of the East coast Canadian accents for that matter...

BorgMind00
BorgMind00

@Earthen80 Not a new practice, In the last generation there were commercials for cross-platform games that would only mention the PS3 version

Saketume
Saketume

@arqe More likely indian people worked to develop the tech and here's the result.


Either that or the xbox just needs a voice with more authority :P She did sound like she really meant what she said.

jonajacket
jonajacket

@minhin That sounds logical but I'm not sure it's right. Spelling is not the issue, niether are any of the differences in grammar or nouns since they are not present here. Xbox recognises basic grammar and word choices that are used on both sides of the Atlantic. 


I believe it is down to pronunciation and that can be very different from region to region. I'm curious to know how people from the southern States find using Kinect? Not all Americans sound like the President. Likewise, I'd be shocked if it understood me. I'm from the NE of England - it probably wouldn't even understand me saying Xbox!  

6orange9
6orange9

@billlabowski ok then, so why aren't you doing it, selling them right now and making a fortune?

Raphy_Turtle
Raphy_Turtle

@ESPM400@InlexUh..where exactly do you mean by East coast Canada? Like Newfies, New-Brunswick and Gaspé French accents that even other French Canadians can't understand? The majority of English speaking Canadians in major cities speak clearer than most American cities. Ours is technically still spelled in the UK way and not the abridged US dialect. 

But if you're referring to the ignorant American generalization of Canadians saying 'he?' that's barely used if at all east of Ontario thanks to the English then being influenced by bilinguals (everyone in Montreal speaks at least 2 languages, mostly French and English.) But I agree if you go to any of the regions of the coastal cities, both French and English are a mish mash of both which sounds incomprehensible like former PM Jean Chretien.

ESPM400
ESPM400

@Raphy_Turtle @ESPM400 @Inlex I was referring to the vast variety of accents that come out of the maritime provinces. I work in northern Alberta, so I tend to run into a lot of them. Hell, I've worked with Newfies that couldn't understand other Newfies.


Thankfully, with the amount of traveling I did when I was younger, the fact that my sister's lived in Melbourne for the past four years (it's given her the most bastardized Aussie accent I've ever heard), and having worked directly with with a Scot and an Irish guy for the past seven, accents, at least English ones, don't tend to phase me too much.


EDIT: You'll hear 'eh' a lot if you ever decide to drive through Saskatoon...