November 23rd, 2014

Vista speech commands hack

I thought this was a pretty clever hack. Windows Vista apparently has a speech command feature where you can speak commands that are to be executed by your computer. The idea is to have a webpage that plays an audio file of commands to download a remote file and execute it.

George Ou went off to research the concept and, at the risk of spoiling the surprise, here is the result in George’s fine words:

“I recorded a sound file that would engage speech command on Vista, then engaged the start button, and then I asked for the command prompt. When I played back the sound file with the speakers turned up loud, it actually engaged the speech command system and fired up the start menu. I had to try a few more times to get the audio recording quality high enough to get the exact commands I wanted but the shocking thing is that it worked!”

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