Accessories

January 2012 Issue

The one-pound VFS101 box can be blind mounted. All you need in the cockpit is a breaker, a USB port to update the data and a VoiceFlight Activation Switch (VAS) to make the unit listen for your command.

VoiceFlight VFS101: Talk to Your GPS

While its repertoire of tricks is limited, it’s quick to master, easy to use and cuts down the knob twisting. The best trick may be automatic airway expansion.

While almost every sci-fi epic has us navigating our way around the galaxy by voice command, the reality of controlling computers by voice has been a bit less impressive. It’s not that it can’t be done, it’s that there are inevitably errors. When your iPhone turns “Call Bonnie Smith Home” into “Calling Ronnie Schmidt Home” before you stamp the “end call” button, that’s not such a big deal. Having your GPS misunderstand where you want to go would be something else entirely.

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