Who scoops these guys up first?
This is the perfect type of application that consumers would pressure carriers to adopt. It is FOR the consumer, but advertisers can benefit too.
From Sys Con Promptu launches voice-activated mobile search
Promptu , formerly known as Agile TV, a leading innovator of voice-activated search and navigation services, announced today that it is bringing its award-winning technology to the mobile marketplace for the first time.
Promptu will enable mobile subscribers to use their voice to search for, discover, and easily purchase content on their handsets simply by asking for it.
Promptu provides mobile subscribers easy access to the vast library of content offered by their wireless carrier whether its music, videos, ringtones, games, wallpapers, or other applications.
Promptu replaces "send keyword to shortcode" with "Find x". Think mobile marketers and carriers will like this. Me thinks so.
See the demo
As their site says "Voice navigation will do for the phone, what the mouse did for the PC"
Once a carrier has deployed Promptu's economical and scalable network-based solution, consumers can use a simple, phone-based application to search for content by title, personality, brand or genre simply by pressing one button and issuing a voice command rather than going through countless clicks and scrolls on their handset.
To search with Promptu, users say a voice command such as "Find Coldplay" or "Find ESPN" into their handset and results are returned within a few seconds.
If they can offer the option to associate a word with a site like "Find Google", along with a query window (for privacy), you could be looking at your first complete mobile search engine.
The only problem I see is matching where you want to go with what words you need to say. That should be easy to resolve.
Another company that I will get more info from at CTIA show.