The Voice Activated Answering Machine is the ultimate lazy machine. Instead of pressing buttons to retrieve your messages, you just say ‘answering machine – play new’. At which point it will miraculously recognize your sentence and like the obedient servant it is immediately delete everything in its digital memory. Oh dear. Well, maybe it’ll make a nice ashtray instead. $249.95.
This hands-free digital answering machine operates in response to voice commands, and does not require complicated set up or tedious user voice training. Using speaker independent technology, the device is programmed to understand voice prompts spoken in American accented English so that it can serve multiple members of the same household, unlike typical voice activated machines that are designed to work in response to a specific person’s speech pattern, requiring intricate voice training.