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Laser Dog says:

Ohh ... is that a Skype type thing, then?

19th Jan 2006, 15:14

mat says:

Voice recognition. I've been using Dragon recently, the technology is getting pretty good these days. I need a better mic though, mine is really uncomfortable.

"add comment"


(if I say that to Dragon, it clicks the 'add comment' button. clever, huh?)

19th Jan 2006, 15:17

Euphro says:

I have to say that I find the recognition accuracy almost spooky at times. I think that the Dragon software has moved on even further than ViaVoice, which IBM pretty much gave up on in 2003. I can do a certain amount of voice control of Windows, although I haven't tried setting up any macros like your " add comment" macro.

19th Jan 2006, 15:24

mat says:

heh - it's not a macro. Dragon is really good on context - it reads menus, buttons, window titles etc, so it has a fair stab at doing what you want it to when you say it. I could also have said "press alt, p", or "press tab, press enter" to post a comment :)

With Dragon, you don't need a mouse or keyboard - at all, if required - although it's much faster if you do, obviously.

I wish IBM would re-license ViaVoice for Linux though, I'm stuck in Windows for voice stuff. :(

19th Jan 2006, 15:30

Euphro says:

That sounds excellent, and is even better than I imagined :)

19th Jan 2006, 15:31

Euphro says:

I have to say, that I hardly use a keyboard at all for entering text nowadays. My typing is not too bad, but there is a wonderful freedom in being able to just speak your thoughts and have them converted into text. It has worked very well as a writer's block breaker for me at times :)

19th Jan 2006, 15:34

mat says:

I have the opposite problem - I have great trouble thinking to voice to text. Thinking to voice is OK, thinking to text is OK, but somehow the addition of middle stage throws my brain off. I'll get used to it, I'm sure. I haven't been doing voice stuff for very long at all.

I tried programming some php last night by voice. That was, well, frustrating and horribly slow. I think I might need another programming language, one with less punctuation...

Voice control is definitely the Way of the Future though. There's something very satisfying about saying 'close window' and a window closing.. :)

19th Jan 2006, 15:49

Dhamaka says:

Obviously a great enabler, but I'd have to change everything. I type faster than I can talk and think through my fingers when I'm writing, reading what my fingers do to hear if it's right or not - it's a kind of parallel check

19th Jan 2006, 17:34

Euphro says:

It's not really for touch typists, I feel. It's for the rest of us who never learned, or those of us who can no longer type without causing ourselves problems. The software can cope with rates of up to 160 words per minute, which I'd be very pleased with if I were a typist :D

20th Jan 2006, 10:44

Dhamaka says:

sounds really fast

20th Jan 2006, 15:28

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