When you think of voice recognition software, what do you think of? I personally always envision the replicators on Start Trek where you tell it what you want to eat and the computer makes it for you. That’s probably just because I like to eat, and your ideal would be different to that.
We can all agree, however, on the fact that, being able to issue verbal commands to a computer that understands and carries out these commands, is incredible.
While we’re not at the stage yet where we’re able to dole out food orders, we can still do amazing things.
With the right software, you can:
- Dictate at normal talking speed
- Browse the internet hands free
- Navigate around other programs, virtually replacing your keyboard and/or mouse.
Let’s just think for a minute of how this can benefit you…
- If you do a lot of typing, data entry, you can cut your input time down dramatically. The best speech recognition software will be up to 3 times faster than a skilled typist, let alone a 1-finger typist.
- RSI and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will be things of the past. So that’s something else you can cross off your list of worries. Assuming you were worried in the first place.
And it’s not just the time-saving features that are the most exciting.
Many people have problems typing, ranging from dyslexics to those physically unable to type. Speech recognition software is an absolute life-saver for anyone unable to use a keyboard. The freedom and chance for social interaction it will bring to so many people is something that even the most-able bodied, awesome typer among us will be able to appreciate.
The Trekkie (Trekker?) in me is over the moon. Being able to issue verbal commands to a computer is another step on the road to the future. The cynic says that I quite like typing and I’ve had loads of practice so I might not want to give it up. I don’t see the art of typing going the way of VHS quite yet, but speech recognition software is extremely exciting.