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.
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Now for the real challenge... Try to get it to understand a thick newfie accent... It'd have a bloody meltdown.
Xbox craze makes me really addict to it but http://bit.ly/19qugfn
Xbox One accent challenge? I'd much rather see the Xbox One cinnamon challenge. Make it happen, Danny.
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
my opinion is MAYBE it was developed in India for American people ??? O.o just food for thought anyway.
Hmmm I wonder how a Jamaican accent would work hhhhhhmmmmmmmmm.
Jamaican: Xbox tun off
Jamaican: Xbox mi say tun off.
Jamaican: A wa de bloodcleat dis xbox naw lisening. MI SAY TUN OFF TO BUMBO CLOT.
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.
@fragsnipa Little Jacob? :))
I dare you to try a Dutch accent. The dutch can't even understand eachother. Imagine that xbox trying...
@Inlex Or any one of the East coast Canadian accents for that matter...
@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.
@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...
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.
@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
"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.
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 .
I couldn't stop laughing. Great episode. I ended up doing the same thing. I was like screw it and grabbed the controller.
We all knew it wouldn't be perfect. I can do an american accent, anyway, so being an aussie is not detrimental.
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
@Earthen80 Not a new practice, In the last generation there were commercials for cross-platform games that would only mention the PS3 version
Given the amount of Indian folks that work at MS, the results are not surprising.. but still a quite a bit funny.
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.
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
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.
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
And the experiment shows , Indian people you make fun of with their accent are actually speak better english than "English Talking" countries :D
@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.
I can confirm that Scottish male voice does no better than Scottish Lass. I feel like I'm nagging my Xbox.
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.
@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!
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!
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 ok then, so why aren't you doing it, selling them right now and making a fortune?
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