Friday, May 13, 2011

Cool thing I learned from a Google I/O video (for Chrome users)

Are you using Chrome? Well, if you aren't, I suggest you do anyways; it's a great browser.

But anyway, I found something out whilst watching a Google I/O video (if you're a geek, these are also great to watch, they're about an hour long and on Youtube.) This little trick gives you the ability to add speech input to any textfield you meet on the Internet.

So, to test this out, make sure you have a mic nearby. But this is how you do it:

  1. Right click a text field (I suggest going to Google to do this)
  2. Click "Inspect Element"
  3. A window will appear at the bottom, the developer tools. Right click the automatically highlighted selection in the developer tools menu
  4. Click "Add Attribute"
  5. Now type in "x-webkit-speech" (no quotes)
  6. Hit enter.
Upon doing this, you should see a little microphone appear to the very right of the textbox you did this to. Click on that microphone, and it will prompt you to speak (this is where a microphone is needed). Once you're done speaking, it will then type it all out into that textfield for you.

Oh, I love Google.

30 comments:

  1. lol nice one, I once downloaded something for this, from windows self, but doesnt work always

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  2. That's crazy! Google is so innovative.

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  3. That's awesome. Not sure if I'll use it right now but it may come in handy.

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  4. What an interesting addition! I use a similar feature in another program for studying, so maybe I can find a similar way to utilize this.

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  5. This is interesting will have to give it a go.

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  6. Text to speech is a fun trick, but I've never found it to be much more than that.

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  7. awesome, and very useful. another fun google trick, if you have gmail- if signing up for a website you dont trust or something, type +sitename after you gmail address (ex yourname+sitename@gmail), in your inbox you can view if spam sent to you came to you from that specific site by hitting view detail

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  8. Sweet! Awesome post man can't wait for more!

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  9. That's pretty cool man. I wonder if I can set it so that it would do this with every text box instead of having to go in and do it manually..

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  10. @Ketomaster there are many possibilities of doing so. Developing a Chrome extension is one

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  11. thanks for the mini tutorial! it was easy to follow and seems like a really cool feature. definitely returning the follow!!

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  12. Yeah tried this yesterday btw :D works like a charm WOOO!!! :D

    Might try to update my blog with it now ;D

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  13. thanks for sharing!

    good blog definitly following

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  14. internet explorer for life.
    mainly cuz im too lazy to download anything else.

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  15. Woah. That's pretty awesome!
    +follow :D

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  16. cool tip ;p...i am gonna try using chrome for that option later for sure

    I have followed your blog..Could you follow mine too please?

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  17. omfg! how did i not know this? 5 star post! *****

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  18. This is prit tee cool all though it Miss spelt some words right now

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  19. Awesome :D. Love doing a bit of hacking with Google :D

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  20. nice, im going to try that out, just hope it actually hears me well.

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  21. wow i inspected this one element and it was all infected and stuff i discovered a real trojan in my computer

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  22. urrr, nice try but I'm not falling for that~

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  23. @2A it's not malicious. It makes use of something your browser (Chrome) already possesses inside of it's webkit. But okay, you don't have to try it.

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