Dragon Naturally Speaking

does voice recognition software work?

This is a test. I’m seeing if it’s going to be possible to write posts using voice dictation software… without extensive revisions. I think it’s probably possible; the technology is much better since I last tried use it several years ago.  So does voice recognition software work?

I was given the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home, Version 11 as a birthday gift recently. I had tried using voice-recognition software a few years ago, but the results were – well, to put it sympathetically, unsatisfactory. But the positive reviews I read of the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home, Version 11 software made me think I would like to try it again and my parents graciously got it for me as a birthday gift.

Dragon Naturally SpeakingAfter using it for only 30 min., I’ve been able to dictate and prepare this post without touching the keyboard (although I made a few minor edits – mostly for style – afterwards). It’s an interesting experience. I’m quite used to typing but then again, I get sick of doing it because I work on a computer all day long at clients. In so using voice-recognition software seemed like a natural way to do some of my writing work without actually having to do any writing… Using the keyboard.

As you can see, the dictation is somewhat hit and miss. It’s obviously not producing perfect English, but it is producing something that you can read well enough to understand. I imagine that as I use it more it will probably become more and more accurate, and as I also learn how to control my own dictation (which, in all fairness, still retains a slight Southern accent and may therefore not be ideal for voice recognition software) space I hope will further improve.

So look forward to new posts written – well, spoken – with my new voice recognition software. If you see the occasional glitch in my work, well, it’s just voice-recognition software, not me. I never, ever make mistakes! But then again it took me much less time to compose this post than it typically takes me to type one. It may just be that I’m a verbal person and therefore it’s easier to think while speaking than it is to think while typing. It’s an interesting question, and one that I probably should think about a little bit more. But at least for now this is a fun way to compose a post. So at least so far you can see from the results of my efforts, the voice-recognition software works adequately and certainly can substitute for typing. If you’ve ever wanted to play with the voice-recognition software package, I can – so far – highly recommend Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home, Version 11 1 for ease-of-use, ease of set up, and simple wow factor.

  • Marilyn

    What a innovative and simple idea. You’ll have to update us with how it works. I know I can talk much faster than I can talk….but I can read faster than I can listen.

    • http://www.bripblap.com Steve

      Well Marilyn, I can tell you this so far: I’m composing this reply to your comment without touching the keyboard. I’m sure with a longer work that I’d have to edit it, but in general works quite well.

  • http://www.makingmyownwork.blogspot.com Marly

    Yep, I’m with you, I can talk much faster than I can type, at least until the voice goes. I”ll let you use it a few more months and see how it works, then think about getting one myself. My advantage is; I speak Michiganian, which does not have an accent. (The only English speaking people in the entire world who do not have accents!:))