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Own Voice for Ovi Maps - do I really sound like that?


May 5, 2010

Annoy friends and family by recording your own GPS voice directions

Annoy friends and family by recording your own GPS voice directions

Custom GPS voice packs are a bit like mobile phone ring tones. They let you add a "uniquely personal touch" to your device by shelling out cash for something that will also be used by countless others who share your refined taste. Now you can get truly unique voice directions by listening to your own dulcet tones thanks to Nokia’s new Own Voice for Ovi Maps. The app lets users record their own driving instructions and share them with family, friends and soon to be former friends.

Perfect for those that can’t get enough of the sound of their own voice (or just like the idea of telling people where to go), the Own Voice app lets users create a new voice pack by following a simple step-by-step process. Just find a quiet space to record, then unleash your best Jimmy Stewart impersonation for each of the 53 required commands. When you’re done recording, you simply add your name, hit save, and the voice pack is uploaded to the Own Voice website.

Who knows, you might even become a star and be able to eek out a living on the not so lucrative spoken word or poetry slam circuit.

You might also end up telling yourself to shut up as your voice directs you the wrong way down a one way street.

Own Voice for Ovi Maps is available in English and is compatible with all Nokia devices which support Ovi Maps version 3.03. It is available now as a free download from the Ovi Store.

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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