This Week in Imaging: Yesterday’s April Fool’s Day Prank Is Today’s Tech Reality
It seems like just yesterday, but only a few years ago, the idea of controlling a copier or printer via voice command seemed pretty far-fetched. So “out there” in fact, that back in 2011, a popular office prank was to prank co-workers into believing that they could control their copier or printer via voice command (see this 2011 Reddit thread for more) – a stunt we could imagine “Jim” from The Office pulling on the hapless Dwight.
Today of course, voice-activated copiers and printers are a real thing, with Sharp the first to introduce a voice-activated copier/MFP, followed by Xerox, HP Inc., and Canon. This week, Ricoh also seemed to imply that voice activation was on the way, stating that upgrades for its Always Current platform – which enables customers to add new capabilities as they become available: “For example, future Ricoh Always Current Technology premium upgrades will include tools to enhance accessibility and streamline ease-of-use such as natural-speech voice control.” Xerox also recently introduced an app, Xerox Audio App, that converts scanned documents into an MP3 format so that users can listen to them instead of reading them. What will be next? Stay tuned.
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