Google is updating their Chrome browser once again with version 11, and including two new features: speech-to-text and hardware accelerated 3D CSS. With the newly included HTML speech-to-input API, developers can enable Web applications to translate voice input into text.
“When a web page uses this feature, you simply click on an icon and then speak into your computer’s microphone,” writes Google. “The recorded audio is sent to speech servers for transcription, after which the text is typed out for you.” The company has also added a GPU-accelerated CSS engine. And if you’re looking for a more superficial change, the icon has been updated to look more contemporary, too.
Perhaps we’re looking at the future of internet browsing and high speed internet service right now, and it’s coming fast. Soon, browsing will be capable of many functions without the use of a keyboard. And let’s not forget those pretty web images will transmit in 3D, offering users a very lively and real browsing experience.