Wow, it really has been a while, but improvements in technology have given me an idea of how to improve upon the original Dial-a-Grue phone.
The idea is to use a small embedded computer, this time a $9 “chip” computer and actually embed it into a gutted phone. From there I can use text-to-speech (tts) and speech-to-text (stt) engines to allow you to play Zork, Adventure, and a variety of other games just by listening to the descriptions in the handset and speaking the commands back to the phone.
I’ve already got a passable prototype of the software running by building modules for Jasper. I’m using the pocketsphinx stt engine currently, and the results are acceptable, but not stellar. I’ll try to get some samples up soon.