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Windows 7: Launching Videos directly through WMC

30 Sep 2013   #1

New Jersey
Launching Videos directly through WMC

Hello Folks,

I have a Blind friend who loves Star Trek and wants to have voice control access to all the ST TV Shows, Movies, through Windows Media Center Video/Movie Library.

I am attempting to create a way for him to launch the Videos and/or Movies directly but saying "Play Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Episode 1"

I originally thought that this would be a simple thing to do by using the following command line: c:\windows\ehome\ehshell.exe d:\movies\Star Trek Deep Space Nine Episode 1.wmv. But that does not work.

Do you know what I am missing? What I am doing incorrectly?


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07 Oct 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The Amulet Voice Remote is what you need. Go to Voice Remote Control for Windows Media Center | Amulet Devices.
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16 Oct 2013   #3

New Jersey

Yes thanks for the reply -- but I cannot get hold of anyone at Amulet Devices. They are not answering emails or phone calls. I don't think they are still doing business.
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17 Oct 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

That's odd. I corresponded with them within the last year, and they were very responsive. Have you tried simply purchasing the remote on their site?
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17 Oct 2013   #5

New Jersey

Yes - I purchased the remote on Oct 8th, 2013. I am trying to follow-up with Amulet to see when the remote will be delivered but as I said they are not responding to emails or phone calls.

Amulet Devices is using paypal for credit card transactions, so I'm following up with paypal as well, to see if they can get a status on the remote delivery or refund my money.
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18 Oct 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Be patient. Shipping time from the UK will take a while. I understand your worry, especially since they aren't responding. I suspect that Amulet Devices is a small company run by one or two people. It's possible that he is on vacation or something. I don't get the impression that he gives bad service. I've heard from several people who own the remote, and all seem happy.

My communication with him was regarding the Amulet Kinect program that he was working on. He stopped development when he discovered that Microsoft prohibited him from charging for his software unless he made the software work exclusively with Kinect for PC. He didn't feel that people would be willing to pay for a Kinect-PC because they are much more expensive than the (technically identical) XBox Kinect device.

He has given his software to someone else who is developing it as freeware, but it is not yet ready for prime time.
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21 Oct 2013   #7

New Jersey

Thanks for sticking with me -- I received the Amulet device today and will began playing with this evening. I appreciate your information and insights. Thanks again!
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21 Oct 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I'd say that 2 weeks for international shipping via the postal service is pretty typical.
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03 Nov 2013   #9

Windows 7 (My Idea)

If you don't have Amulet, but want to do something similar you can try to make a Voice Macro with those commands in it.

Download Windows Speech Recognition Macros from Official Microsoft Download Center

I was able to make some Voice macros that did some fairly sophisticated commands, using the 'Arguments" line
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06 Nov 2013   #10

New Jersey

Yeah, I was attempting to use the Windows Speech Recognition Macros -- specifically I was attempting to implement Chris Duckworth's solution using the Windows Speech Macros.

It worked for the most part but I could not get it to read back the Movie and TV show Titles in order that my friend could hear them and then make a Movie or TV Show selection. The Amulet software does that and much more.

I'm still testing various voice control solutions in my Home Lab, but so far the Amulet Software seems to be the best.

barnabas1969 mentioned that the Amulet software may be available as freeware at some point (open source I assume)

Which brings me to ask, what programming language in the Amulet software written in?

Also, I guess I should start new discussion?
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