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Can I use the Amulet microphone with other applications like Skype? PDF Print E-mail
General

Yes, the Amulet microphone appears as a standard audio input device to Microsoft Windows, and does not require any special drivers. Whilst we only provide speech recognition within Windows Media Center, you can use the microphone with any application that accepts speech.

 
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Voice Remote

Your Amulet Voice Remote includes all of the standard Microsoft buttons used to control Windows Media Center. Below is a quick reminder of what they do.

Navigation Controls

The navigation controls form the main interaction point with the user interface.

Numeric keypad

The numeric keypad is used to enter numbers in Windows Media Center.

Audio / Video Controls

Use these controls to adjust the volume, mute sound and change channels. The green button takes you to the Media Center start page.

Sleep Mode

This button puts your Media Center to sleep, to conserve power, or wakes it up again.

Transport Controls

The transport controls are used to control playback of your digital music and video media files.

TV Power

You can program this button to turn on and off your TV. For more info, see the next chapter.

Shortcut buttons

These go to an experience— such as live or recorded TV, the TV guide, or a DVD—by pressing a single button.

Interactive TV buttons

These buttons are used with TV experiences such as Teletext or Broadcast Markup Language (BML).

 
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Music Commands

GO TO MUSIC

Displays the Amulet music page.

 
Amulet recognizes commands, but accuracy is poor PDF Print E-mail
Troubleshooting

Here are some tips to improve overall accuracy:

Make sure you speak clearly and precisely; imagine you are a newsreader reading the evening news, or a radio announcer.

Leave a slight pause before and after commands.

Remember to lower the remote when you are not talking; this blocks any ambient background noise that can interfere with the speech recognition.

Amulet's speech recognizer trains itself to match your voice over time, so the more you use the system, the more accurate it will become. If you regularly use Amulet in a very noisy environment, you can turn off learning mode to prevent Amulet "learning" background noise as valid commands, over time. See the Amulet Settings section for more information.

If Amulet often misinterprets what you say, you may be operating in a particularly noisy environment. You can configure a command prefix word, such as COMPUTER or AMULET on the Amulet Settings page. All valid commands must then begin with this prefix word, which makes it easier for Amulet to ignore nonsense input and improves overall accuracy. (This is usually only required in rare circumstances.)

If several people in your household share an Amulet remote, and have very different voices, you may wish to give each user their own speech profile. See the Working with Speech Profiles section of the User Guide for more information about this.

 
Understanding Amulet PDF Print E-mail
General

In general all commands can be spoken at all times. For example, you don’t need to be viewing the Amulet Music screen to select a music artist. Similarly, you don’t need to be viewing the Recorded TV screen to select a TV program. You can speak most commands at any time, and they will take effect immediately.

However, while you are learning how to use Amulet, we recommend that you go to the appropriate Amulet screen (music, photos, video, movies, or recorded TV) before you try out commands. The Amulet screens show you when the microphone is active, and also display commands as they are recognized, making it quicker and easier for you to get used to using the speech recognition.

 
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