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Computers have come a long way, and I'm sure they have a long way to go. One of the items that I receipt as an early Christmas gift was a program called Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I have always wanted to be able to talk to my computer and have a type exactly what I'm saying. Although, this program is very good at recognizing speech, and it doesn't take much training to get it to understand what I'm saying, I'm sure there will be situations that it will have a problem understanding what I'm saying. It is actually very interesting one of the training sessions to understand my speech, was reading chapter 16 from "2001: A Space Odyssey". I had to read it several times to get the diction correct, and to work out the timing and how to enunciate and pronounce the words correctly. And as I am dictating this post I am wondering how many others would want to even use this program. I'm sure that there will come a point into that it will be easier for me to dictate a phrase, then it will be to type it out on the keyboard. I know there are several who type their posts while listening to music I can see how this would be a disadvantage while using Dragon speak. But for those of us who more often than not do their posting in totally quiet room this would be perfect. Normally, when I'm doing posts I'm in the basement and I don't have any music playing. The few times that I visited gryphon_hole and he's been posting, he normally has no music playing in the background. I can see that it might be of them easier to dictate if our were using a headphone but I'm currently only using the microphone that is on my cam. It is really going to take me some practice to learn how to dictate correctly. In this first post I am sure that I could have typed it quicker then it took been to dictate with the correct pronunciation.


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Dec. 23rd, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
Have you gotten a SkullPort yet? It's all the rage. You can get it done for cheap at Circuit City. They remove a 2cm diameter section of bone from the back of your skull and implant a fiber-optic jack that connects you to your laptop, or you can just clip on a optional WiFi unit that just blinks a pleasant purple-blue on the back of your head. A perfect wetware interface, and you'll raise eyebrows wherever you go.
Dec. 23rd, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: It's the NEXT BIG THING.
I don't know....
Circuit City? I would feel much better if I could order it online and then have one of the BestBuy Geek Squad come over to my house and install it.

WiFi! Sweet!
Dec. 23rd, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
A few years ago I broke my arm, having fallen 15 feet when the ladder I was on slipped on the ground and fell out from under me. The break was on the radius right before the wrist, clean across, so I had this huge cast that limited my hand movement completely.

I was typing a large email for a work scope project and lost everything. Pissed, I went to the computer store and bought Naturally Speaking, thinking it would solve all my problems. Granted this was six years ago, but the program's learning curve was horrible. I decided it was faster to type with my left hand until the cast came off.
Dec. 23rd, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
Oh I am with you. I was about ready to uninstall this fuckin' program when I have been dinkin' with it for about 3 hours and it stops recognizing commands....

Dec. 23rd, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
One thing that annoys me about that program is how much it basically screws over those who can't speak correctly, like I do.

I recognize the usefulness of that program, and I'd love to have something like that going for me, but I can't.
Dec. 23rd, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
It was funny, I was looking at the set up and there are different English that you can choose to use:

US English
UK English
Asian English
Indian English

You would think that they could do some something the would work for you. Come on Asian English.
Dec. 23rd, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
I have similar problems -- I grew up with a lisp and tons of other speech problems, so when I use any speech recognition ANYTHING it tends to misinterpret me or ask me to repeat myself. I steer clear of these "Naturally Speaking" programmes for this very reason.
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Jan. 10th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
After Rex got his trained to his voice, he ran it trought a typing test and it scored over 300 wpm....

I don't know that I would use it that much though....
Dec. 23rd, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
How cool, there are times I get lost in my posts because I am not such a great typist.

But I have recently learned - when using my mini-recorder, that I get nervous and pause my thought process often when I try to dictate.
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