I think majority of the people will only use the remote, regardless of the quality of the voice commands. I believe this product is for more tech savy folks and not your average consumer. Most likely, the average consumer who buys this will have grand aspirations of surfing the web and viewing any movie or show on the fly, when they want, and how they want. Unfortunately, they will have a hard time figuring out how to do all this as easy as they had done it before the device. What I consider more tech savy is everyone who is reading this post, or folks who have already jumped into the HTPC or like type of hardware.
We are talking about a fairly large transition going on right now, from people watching live content to watching static content. I am sure if you look at the statistics, you will see a larger adoption of folks presently focused on purchasing HD TVs and BR players. A few purchase a Roku, and the rest take advantage of some of the static content currently available on their PS3/Xbox360 or Cable/ Satellite provider. The next transition is for people to meld what they do on the computer with what what they do when they watch TV. The major content providers and studios are pushing for the transition towards more static content, but they can't totally move away from live TV until their largest consumer base makes this transition with them. They want this transition to occcur since it typically produces greater margins on their products, its allows them to have more control on the content, and allows them to release a wider range of content at a greater rate. This is where GoogleTV comes in. This is a device that tries to combine both worlds and make it easy for the end user to navigate, use,and adopt.
The adoption rate will be slow in the beginning, and I personally believe this is due many folks reluctance to such a transition and more so PRICE.
Let's look at the younger generation of users whom would definitely pick this up and quickly learn how to use this product. I would assume that this group of people would be more inclined to watch static content. In reality those folks would rather pick up a PS3 or Xbox so they can do gaming and get gain access to some of the basic static viewing options. How many college students, recent grads, or early 20 year olds do you know that actually pay $300-$400 dollars for content aggregator or BR player that doesn't do gaming? How can they also afford the $800+ dollar TVs to play it on? Oh, and who is paying for this?? This is just my thought and a little off topic to the post I am responding to.
The final thing that made me think about is is when I put my wife to the test. I call this WAF test, or better known as Wife Acceptance Factor. I can't talk in regards to the Revue, but I can regarding Sony NSZ-GT1 GootleTV device.
I have transitioned her from watching live TV, to watching DVR TV, to also watching content off of a PS3 or Xbox360. I almost got her to use my HTPC regularly and more recently Boxxee, but she now never touches the HTPC. The problem is the transition and the ease of use of each of these components. She now has accepted a Harmony remote as her main interface control device, which ultimately runs macros on the back end to select each of the things she wants to do or watch. I recently put her to the test with the Sony NSZ-GT1 BR Google TV, and showed her all the nice things that it has to offer. Within a few minutes of her using it, her first comment was, "The remote sucks and how much did you pay for this?" Next comment was, "All I want is a simple way to watch TV, Play BR, and watch Netflix." Hmmm... Isn't that the intent of this Google TV box?
I hope and believe that once the ease of use is increased for the general population and more content is provided on a device like the GTV, then the adoption rate will grow and the transition will finally occur.
For the interim, a user will need to use a RF remote, like the Harmony 900 or 1100 to be able to easily transition between the various viewing options, and not worry about hitting multiple buttons to achieve a simple function. Today voice will be tough for most users due to ambient noise misleading the GTV device to do what you always want it to do. This is similar to what you experience when you use Google Search on an Android device, in semi loud environment. I am also not accounting for all the different languages and dialects of that language. Google is definitely one of the leaders with this, and hopefully will figure this out soon. For now, Logitech will need to release a similar remote with a Qwerty key pad and possibly a mic, or you will have to use both remotes. The Logitech RF remote for navigation and the original included one for web surfing, searching, and typing things in general.
Are you willing to pay the money for the additional RF remote and have faith that the Voice Command function will work well? I did the initial purchase because the product seemed exciting, but now I may return it and wait for it to mature.
Originally Posted by Gagnon
Voice Commands will nullify most of this argument if it is implemented properly.