Mozilla is working on an entirely new type of internet browser, which will be voice controlled. Though Mozilla has yet to announce of any such browser, there has been talks about a certain “Scout app” project during the development talks of the company. The talk took place in June 2018, led by software engineer Tamara Hills.
Mozilla launched Common Voice in 2017, which was a project that was used to crowdsource multiple audio recordings from the public. The aim of the project was to collect 10,000 hours of audio in order to improve speech and voice recognition from such apps. It is quite plausible that the Scout app was project initiated out of this database, which eventually led to the idea for the voice-controlled browser that is still under wraps.
With the Scout app, users can browse conveniently for content using voice recognition technology on the browser. Beyond all the convenience, Mozilla, the creator of Firefox and Firefox Quantum, claims a voice-controlled browser will be very helpful for disabled and elderly people who need assistance with browsing the internet. They could open up the browser and the internet to people who can make use of their voice to search for some content. The blind, for example, do need to focus on the display screen but can use their voice to find information. The browser, on the other hand, will read out all the details required.
With a voice-controlled browser, Mozilla is looking towards a promising future and time will show how it will compete with its main rival, Google Chrome.