In the digital world the majority of interaction between people and computers still hinges on the keyboard. On smart phones it may be a virtual keyboard but users are still required to conjure up those lessons from their middle school keyboarding classes. On computers, well it’s been pretty much the same since the dawn of the computer age. You type, you see it on the screen. For the longest time, two finger typists have been waiting for the digital world to give them better voice and more mainstream use of voice recognition software. If we can create an iPad, shouldn’t we be able to talk to it?
Along the way, many versions of voice recognition software have come and gone in the marketplace. But lately enthusiasm is growing over Dragon Naturally Speaking software from Nuance. It’s been around a while but the buzz about it is growing. By some accounts it’s a true digital world tool with enhanced accuracy and the ability to adapt to individual speech patterns and accents. The software is available for Mac and PC computers. It includes a microphone and Bluetooth headset. After a brief base line training period, you’ll be ready to go. Speak at your normal speed and the words appear on your screen, but you’ll have to work on some sort of consistent enunciation to help things along. You’ll also need to correct errors. If you could talk to your computer, you’d study Lenovo and Toshiba, Inspirion and Pavilion – or not.
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