utter! is a voice control app that has been out for a while, though it’s still in beta. Its developer has been active in the Tasker world in the past, and this is also reflected in his app having integration with Tasker. I’ve never really used it on a permanent basis, but I’ve been installing it and uninstalling it regularly to see what’s going on.
The last time I did that, I decided to try out the tutorial feature, and it’s unique enough so that I want to share it with you. The tutorial is very interactive, opening up various parts of the UI while a computer generated voice explains what’s going on, before it helps you get the basics set up with regards to voice recognition. It’s a very visual form of tutorial, and I think it works very well, not at least because it utilizes humor in a very interesting way. In some ways, this tutorial actually reminded me a bit about the Portal video game series, for those familiar with it.
I decided to record the tutorial for those who can’t be bothered trying the free app for themselves. I should note that the difficulties it has understanding me in the video is likely due to the position of the phone relative to me while recording, as it didn’t have that issue when I did it originally. Failure to recognize synonyms for “yes” is another matter, but this is a beta after all.
I think this is a great way to teach people how to use an app, and I’d like to see more of this type of guides in other apps.