I want to keep this "About" page as non-technical as possible, since there's no doubt, a majority of visitors who land here are not interested and do not care about the technical details. If you want to find out about the technical details and want to learn about how to voice-enable web applications for almost all web browsers, please reas this post.
The Voice-enabled Weather and Traffic Report is an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand site that does exactly what it says it would do in its title. You would type in a U.S. (and maybe part of Canada) zip code and it would speak to you, literally, about the results for both the weather and traffic for that zip code. Of course, you can still read the results on your monitor screen. If you forget to type in the zip code, it would speak to you, telling that you need to type a valid zip code in the box. If you mistype a zip code, it would speak to you, telling that you entered an invalid zip code.
That's it. It's free to use and it's that easy. There's no other non-technical information that I could tell you. I build this application, oops ... I mean to say this web site by "mashing up" the information from Yahoo's sources and host the site on Google's infrastructure, so the web site should be very accurate and highly-available. Occasionally, if you don't hear anything immediately, you might need to refresh or reload the page once or twice (using the F5 key on your browser, if you're using Windows).
I already mentioned about Yahoo and Google, but there are a couple of other individuals that I want to say "Thanks" to. First, I want to thank Weston Ruter for sharing his discovery about Google Translate. After reading his article, I was inspired and came up with the idea to do this project. Second, I want to thank Antonio Lupetti for his clean and pure CSS form. If you think the web site looks nice and clean, that's because it's thanks to Antonio. If you think otherwise, it's because I tried to customize and messed it up.
Last but not least, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE AND NOT LIABLE FOR ANYTHING. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Note: For IE and Opera users:
For IE8, IE7 and IE6, you would need to install the QuickTime plugin for a seamless user experience.
For Opera, you would need configure your browsers by going to "Settings->Preferences->Network" and uncheck the box labeled "Send Referer information".
Out of the box, it seems to work best with FireFox, Safari and Chrome.