April 19, 2012
Has Apple relaxed their App Store requirements for voice recognition apps, or are they already getting tired of Zooey Deschanel’s annoying voice? Today the company approved a Siri clone called Voice Answer, available now in the App Store for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. Created by Netherland-based Sparkling Apps, the $3.99 app gives answers to a number of topics. Like Apple's own voice assistant, Siri, Voice Answer is powered by Wolfram Alpha. However, unlike Siri, Voice Answer uses Eve, its sexy robot assistant. Ask Eve a question, either spoken or typed, and wait for her to come alive. Voice Answer will display your answer by connecting to relevant sources on the Internet. Eve will then present those answers in both voice and text. Rather just “chat” with Eve? You can do so by activating the app’s chatbot feature. Here you can test her personality or just ask her to tell you a joke or two. Sample questions include:
- Where is ZIP 60637?
- Show the 3D structure of ibuprofen
- What is the cheapest tablet?
- What do you get when you mix red and blue?