Fun with voice!!

Well, this is the first post I’m going to send to my live Journal, that has completely been dictated by voice.
I have just finished doing the basic set up of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, which is a voice recognition “speech to text” software package.
I hope that with extensive use and further training with this software package, I will be able to fully control and dictate to my computer.
It takes a little getting used to and out the outset requires a lot of monitoring and fixing, but I am confident that over the course of time, everything will work out okay.
At the moment it’s very late, and I need to get some sleep before tomorrow morning. Tomorrow morning, I have another motorcycle lesson and need to be more or less awake for the lesson.
That pretty much wraps it up for tonight, I hope to post again sometime soon.

  • cogitationitis

    Pretty good, I only caught one typo.

    I’ve known some of Dragon’s developers, and I think it’s a decent product.

  • lovechilde

    That is so the coolest thing in the world. How efficient is it? Could you dictate books and stuff and save up serious typing time?

  • miketheman

    You tell me: DataSheet
    It’s quite accurate, especially once you’ve trained it enough to really know you.
    In the Air Force, I had this on my old laptop, and dictated about 12-15 university seminar papers to it record time. I was doing simultaneous translations, and it was wonderful. Once you learn the more advanced command structure, such as editing and correcting on the fly, it’s one hell of a timesaver.
    Typing this message took about 3 minutes. Checking my own spelling mistakes and fixing them – another 2 minutes.
    I could have dictated it in less time.

  • ethan1701

    Sadly, I think we’ve reached the point where we’re so skilled at typing that dictating now takes longer than typing. And I get the feeling that all voice recognition programs basically teach you how to talk to them, rather than learn to really understand us.
    Let me know when there’s a program out there that can activate applications or peripherals on voice command. That, I would like.
    “Computer, dim the lights 47%…” 🙂

  • miketheman

    Well I don’t think you understand the complexity of the program.
    It actually allows me to speak fairly normally and come and most of my computer functions.
    This comment has been brought to you by Dragon NaturallySpeaking dictated by Mike.
    Software like this, I can dictate a full comment to you, while putting on here gel.
    It’s a little like speaking to HAL 9000, but not quite like speaking to the Enterprise D computer.
    It’s really a matter of the computer learning to understand you not necessarily learning how to speak to the computer. There are many different types of language packages that are available, which allow you to tell the computer what basic type of language you are going to be speaking.
    It also includes an option for automatic punctuation control, which is quite intuitive.

  • ethan1701

    sounds pretty nice. Espeicaily the part with the here gel.
    🙂

    but if after dictating you still have to point the mouse to the Submit button, then there’s room to improve on it. Don’t get me wrong – I thing voice recognition is great, and definately one of the many directions in which technology is developing (I can see google adds popping up in the middle of your VOIP conversation based on adwords…), but it’s not there yet.

  • miketheman

    Yet again….
    I actually didn’t notice the “here gel”. Damn.
    I told it “Post Comment” and I tell it “OK” and for more complex mouse commands and movements, there’s all kinds of built-in method, such as applying a 1-9 grid on the screen, saying a number, and the 1-9 grid appears within the quadrant etc.
    It works, I must say. The commands can also be programmed at wish.
    If you want a copy, just let me know.

  • ethan1701

    I want a copy.
    Is it free software?

  • miketheman

    Nope, but you can get a copy from me. Come on down sometime.