I want to say a different name or phrase when I wake up my Moto X android.
Is there any way, or hack that I can use to change the name?
Ideally I don't want to "root" the phone because I don't know what that does and think that opens me up to security issues.
Apparently you can use the training software it includes and just train it to hear something else. As in, if it says "read this: " just say whatever you like.
You can use the attempts described in Louis's post here, but they have limited success.
As of now, there is no way to change the Touchless Control hotword to anything you want, but as per the "hack" you requested, using AutoVoice with Tasker would be the way to go. You can set up AutoVoice to listen continuously for any hotword you want, then use that hotword through tasker to trigger Google Now. A tutorial for the setup can be found here that also uses AutoShare.
Be aware that this workaround won't give voice responses, as it essentially records your voice and uses the input to do a text search. If I find a more usable example, I'll share it here, but this may be as good as can be done without root.
Sorry but I found out that you can not change that phrase. I tried to but in the settings there is no option, only the enable and disable. It would be great if they did that but Google is not yet so modern. Hope Google fixes that problem because it would be great. We need to wait a few more years and hopefully this problem would be changed. Sorry everyone who wanted to change the phrase or the quote on their computer,laptop,iphone or android.
Moto X users (and possibly others) can now change the phrase to anything they want with the 5.0.2 updates that was just released.
Use Open Mic from the Google Play Store
I use KitKat 4.4, Moto X.
You CANNOT use any phrase you wish. I tried, and it does not work.