Facebook wants to add “Hey Facebook”, which is a voice recognition function similar to Siri. (
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The rise in the penetration rate of virtual assistants is mainly led by Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. Now, as the brewing battle between Apple and Facebook continues, the latter also plans to match its rival’s features with its “Hey Facebook” for Oculus VR platform Portal.
“Hey Facebook” will be your newest companion in the Facebook platform
According to the official blog eye The social media company stated on Facebook on February 25 that it had not found a way to interact with virtual reality in the past few years.
Previously, commands could only be enabled by using hands and voice. You can also use the Oculus Touch controller.
In mid-2020, Facebook will include voice commands in Oculus Quest, so players can use it without using their fingers. Before indicating a function, you can view the function in the main menu or click the controller button twice.
Those who use Oculus Quest can now enjoy the experience without using their hands. They only need to say the voice command “Hey Facebook”.
You can now access commands such as screenshot requests, or you can show the user commands that are online among friends. This hands-free advantage no longer allows you to scroll endlessly to what you want to see or learn.
It also allows the user to use the game controller without touching the touchpad, so it is produced entirely by the mouth. You can also save the game without having to read all hidden files carefully.
In addition, you can also say “Hey Portal” to command Facebook’s smart devices. “Hey, Facebook” is similar to other voice recognition functions developed by other technology companies.
Facebook proposed this idea in order to provide users with more convenience, so after issuing the command, the device will obtain the recording and then transcribe the user’s words.
In addition, this California-based conglomerate is not mandatory to operate. Disable it first, so you must choose whether to use it according to your preferences.
According to the company, Portal will continue to receive commands until you turn off the microphone.
When the device recognizes the wake-up command, an indicator will also be displayed at the bottom of the screen. This is the starting point of the two processes of recording and transcription.
Another tip for privacy issues
In the report 9To5Mac, Despite its amazing voice command capabilities, concerns about privacy continue to accumulate on Facebook. Users are likely to be very careful about data collected without permission.
Compared with Apple’s voice assistant Siri, the company guarantees that its devices will not collect any data from users through its Apple servers. For users who have used Siri, commands can even be used offline. This is because Apple built the AI programmed in the device chip.
Facebook stated that “Hey Facebook” will first be released on Oculus Ques 2, and then be available on all Quest devices this week. The remaining features will be announced soon.
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Written by Joen Coronel
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