Mozilla is reported to be working on a browser that works on voice commands instead of standard inputs obtained from mouse and keyboard.
The project has been named ‘Scout’; the voice-controlled web browser would focus on accessibility and would allow users to surf the web without using a touchscreen and other conventionally used input systems.
The idea was revealed in an ‘All-Hands meeting’ which was organized this week for discussing the project Scout in detail.
According to the official All Hands 2018 San Fransisco website, the agenda of the meeting is “With the Scout app, we start to explore browsing and consuming content with voice. This talk will discuss the architecture and key components needed for a voice platform, the required capabilities of those components and the challenges of working with the limitations and confines of existing platforms.”
The browser would not only open the requested page but would also scroll pages with voice commands and read aloud the content for users.
The Mozilla Scout platform could prove useful for the people who are suffering from motor disabilities and vision problems. Also, it could be a great means for Mozilla to revive their status in the web browser industry as they have already lost a large chunk of market share to Google Chrome. As reported in the past, another atypical browser they’re working on is focused on virtual reality, called Firefox Reality.
No specific details have been discussed about the voice-controlled browser as Mozilla has deemed it as an “Early Stage Project” but if it is realized in reality, then it could alter the internet paradigm.
Express in comments, what do you think of the project and how it could be a competition in the making for smart voice assistants from Amazon, Google, and Apple?