Inputting Data

ilamont Flickr Creative CommonsMost mobile devices offer a range of methods for inputting data, for example, touch screen, stylus, keypad and voice command. We’ve already looked in some detail at touch screens. Most mobile devices use a virtual keyboard for input, but some have physical keyboards. Blackberry phones (which are specifically designed for handling mobile email) generally have keyboards and the Asus Transformer range of tablets have a keyboard dock which effectively turns the tablet into a laptop. Some devices also offer the facility to use a stylus for input. The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with a suite of applications, called the Premium Suite, designed for use with a stylus. The Suite provides seven templates for a for a range of common tasks, including writing a diary or jotting down notes. You can record each step of your drawings and play them back, use the device as a whiteboard to create diagrams and flowcharts or annotate and save PDF.

Simple forms of voice control have been available on mobile devices for manny years, but recently there have been huge improvements in natural language recognition  Two of the best known systems are Siri (Apple) and S-Voice (Samsung).

Activity

Click on this link to see an amusing video comparison between Siri and S-Voice. You can find similar videos by searching on YouTube.

 
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